April 26, 2019
Kennedy-Donovan Center Gala Raises $130K to Set a Record

May 8, 2018 — Kennedy-Donovan Center, a Foxboro-based nonprofit that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities in eastern Massachusetts, today announced that its annual gala raised nearly $130,000, setting a record for the most funds raised by the agency in a single event.

The gala, which drew a sellout crowd of 260 last weekend, surpassed the $118,000 raised last year. Kennedy-Donovan Center (KDC) aimed to attract 225 people and raise $120,000.

Funds raised, which generated approximately 20% of KRC's annual fundraising goal, will support the organization's programs and services.

“KDC’s Annual Spring Celebration Gala is not just a fundraiser, but also a platform for raising awareness for the continuum of care KDC provides in the community; KDC offers programs and services from pre-natal to the end of life, and one of the programs in that continuum is the Foster Care Program,” said KDC’s President & CEO Aubrey Macfarlane. “When attendees heard foster child Julie Cabral speak about how KDC has changed her life, many couldn’t help but donate to KDC, whether that was a generous donation, the purchase of an auction item, or simply attending the event.”

Funds were raised via general donations, ticket sales, and live and silent auctions. Fund-a-need donations raised just under $40,000, a record for KDC. The event, held May 5, also featured a Cinco de Mayo theme, and created a 'Muchas Gracias’ drink that raised $1,000 in one hour.

Sponsorships raised $55,000, surpassing last year's level by $5,000. Key sponsors were Webster Bank and the TJX Companies.

KDC used the gala as a platform to raise awareness for the continuum of care it provides in the community, and served as a launch of KDC's 50th anniversary celebration next year.

Luella Hennessey Donovan, after earning a degree from Boston College at age 59, established KDC in 1969 as one of the first community-based educational and therapeutic programs for young children, with a grant from the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation.

Her great nephew, Ted Carr, in a video shown at the gala, said, “Lu left a strong legacy and I am honored to continue fulfilling her vision for the individuals KDC serves. What started out as a program serving only four children, now serves over 10,000 individuals, children, and families annually.”

Today, with nearly 550 employees, KDC serves people living in 160 communities in eastern and south central Massachusetts, and the northeast corner of Connecticut. It has offices in Attleboro, Foxboro, Kingston, Milford, New Bedford, Southbridge, and West Yarmouth.

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