January 19, 2018
 
Big Sister Association Gala Raises $1.3M, Setting a Record

December 14, 2017 — Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, a Boston-based nonprofit that matches girls ages 7-20 with professionally trained and supported women mentors, announced that it raised a record-setting $1.3 million at its annual gala last week.

The funds will support one-to-one mentoring and enrichment programs offered by Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

The Big in Boston gala, held Dec. 5 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, reached its goal of netting $1.1 million, and attracted 500 attendees, the maximum amount that can be accommodated at the museum. The funds represent 28% of funds Big Sister aims to raise annually.

Last year's event netted $900,000 and attracted 400 people.

“The energy in the room at Big in Boston was unparalleled. Our mission of igniting girls’ passion and power to succeed through positive mentoring relationships remained front and center throughout the evening, and resonated deeply with our guests who responded with an outpouring of generosity,” said Deborah Re, president and CEO of Big Sister Boston.

Helping to generate this year's results, according to a spokesperson, was the national attention Big Sister Boston attracted last year when it was named the National Agency of the Year for 2015 by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Funds were raised through corporate and individual sponsorships and ticket sales. Additionally, Big Sister Boston held its annual Match Maker Challenge at the event, a live ask to help take girls off a waiting list to be matched with a Big Sister.

Honored at the event were Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sharon McNally, who each received the organization's Believe In Girls award, which recognizes significant contributions toward elevating women and girls locally and elsewhere.

“To all the little girls out there, your voice is valuable and powerful. And I will always support that,” Clinton said.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, recipient of last year’s Believe In Girls award, said, “The Big Sister Association is a vital organization. We’re at a pivotal point in our country’s history. We need to make good on the promise of equal opportunity, and we need to make use of all our talent."

Chairing the event was Boston business leader Jack Connors.

Founded 66 years ago, Big Sister Boston serves more than 2,700 girls annually through professionally supported mentoring relationships with trained women mentors and enrichment activities that address the social-emotional development of girls ages 7-20. It is the only independently supported Big Brothers Big Sisters of America agency out of 300 across the country to exclusively serve girls.

According to Big Sister Boston, 96% of Little Sisters graduate from high school and 90% of Little Sisters enroll in college.

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