April 24, 2018
 
Friendship Home Annual Gala Raises $560K to Beat Goal

March 19, 2018 — Friendship Home, a Norwell nonprofit that provides respite and support services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, this week announced it raised $560,000 at its recent annual gala, beating its fundraising goal.

Friendship Home, which sought to raise $545,000 at this year's tenth Annual Circle of Friends Gala held earlier this month at Lombardo’s in Randolph, attracted 630 people. Last year's event attracted 600 people and raised $585,000, which included several one-time, anonymous donations.

The event generates half of the funds raised annually by Friendship Home.

About 15% of the funds will support the organization's overnight respite program, with the rest benefiting its other programs.

At the event, Friendship Home announced the naming of two respite wings in its Home Away from Home overnight respite center: Michael’s Place and Meg’s Place after the son and daughter of co-founders Wilma Goodhue and Joan Mullare. The naming of the wings was part of Friendship Home’s Sustain Respite Campaign to raise $500,000 for its overnight respite program, which hosts 10 guests every weekend.

“We are incredibly grateful for the way the community has supported the mission of Friendship Home. All of our sponsors, volunteers, donors, and attendees deserve our heartfelt thanks and appreciation,’’ said Andrea Pyke, who became the organization's executive director last spring.

A spokesperson attributed the high number of sponsors—100 in total—as the primary reason the gala was able to surpass its fundraising goal.

Major sponsors included The Fitzpatrick Family, Cordelia Family Foundation, The Williams-Haseotes Family, Bill and Alice Begley, Paulie and Herb Emilson, McKim Family Foundation, Moran Environmental Recovery, and Quincy Mutual Group.

The Gala featured a tribute to Kristen Williams-Haseotes and Jay Gallagher, who chaired Friendship Home’s first two Galas in 2009 and 2010.

“People keep thanking Jay and me for our support of Friendship Home. We are the lucky ones, however, to have Friendship Home in our lives. This organization has helped and empowered so many people with developmental disabilities and their families. We need more Friendship Homes in our community,” Williams-Haseotes said.

Since it was founded in 1999, Friendship Home has grown to serve more than 200 families on the South Shore and beyond with its overnight respite, vocational, and social recreational programs.

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