May 26, 2018
 
Gala Season Generates $3.5M for Six Boston Area Nonprofits

May 14, 2018 — Six Boston area nonprofits—College Bound Dorchester, Boston Partners in Education, Breakthrough Greater Boston, New England Conservatory, Economic Mobility Pathways, and Project Place—recently held galas that collectively raised $3,595,000 to support their ongoing work.

College Bound Dorchester Gala Raises $390K, Beating Goal by 20%

College Bound Dorchester (CBD), which aims to equip students living in the Dorchester section of Boston with the attitude, skills, and experience to graduate from college, announced that its annual gala held last week raised $390,000, beating its goal by 20%.

The event, which attracted 300 people, held at the State Room in Boston, will support the organization's Boston Uncornered initiative, which empowers formerly gang involved youth to go to college by providing social emotional and educational support through peer mentors as well as weekly stipends.

Mark Culliton, founder and CEO of CBD, noted, "The financial support that we received at this year’s gala is proof that people understand what we are trying to do at College Bound Dorchester.”

The annual We Are Uncornered gala generated about 10% of the amount the nonprofit expects to raise this year.

This year's gala, which raised an amount similar to last year from a similar number of attendees, received support from an anonymous donor who matched fundraising efforts from the evening's live auction. The remaining funds were raised by sponsorships and ticket sales.

Sponsors of the event included Bank of America, Eastern Bank, Eversource, HYCU, Suffolk Construction, Laura and Jonathan Otting, State Street, PJA, Lee Kennedy Co., Cornerstone Real Estate, Liberty Mutual, Rode Architects, Woodstock, and Sullivan & Worcester.

Boston Partners in Education Gala Raises $575K

Boston Partners in Education, which works to enhance the academic achievement of Boston’s public school students by providing in-school volunteer support, that its recently held annual Big Cheese Reads Gala raised $575,000.

Erin McGrath, executive director of Boston Partners in Education, said, “The funds raised at this event will support our mission to expand our services and make sure we find a match for every student in need.”

While the event attracted 500 people, about the same as last year, it didn't raise as much as last year's 50th anniversary gala that raised $680,000.

Funds this year generated 39% toward the organization's annual fundraising goal, and were raised through sponsorships (64%), individual contributions (19%), auction/raffle proceeds (12%), and ticket sales (5%).

Breakthrough Greater Boston Gala Raises $600K

Breakthrough Greater Boston, based in Cambridge, which prepares underserved students to be successful in four-year colleges and trains urban teachers, announced that it raised $600,000 at its recent gala.

Funds generated through the event, which drew 400 attendees, will support the organization's college access and teacher training programs.

Elissa Spelman, executive director of the nonprofit, said, "We are an organization that is working to eradicate educational inequity at the individual and the systemic level. We are tackling two problems: the devastating opportunity gap and the inadequate pipeline of well-prepared and diverse teachers.”

Key sponsors include Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Google, JLL, Newmark Grubb Night Frank, The Richmond Group, Wilmerhale, CBRE, Elkus Manfredi, Merck, National Development and Charles River Realty Investors, Northstar Project & Real Estate Services, Robins Kaplan, and Spagnolo, Gisness & Associates.

New England Conservatory Celebrates 150 Years, Raises $1M at Gala

New England Conservatory (NEC), a leading music school, based in Boston, that seeks to make lifelong music education available to everyone, celebrating 150 years, raised $1 million at its recent gala.

The event, which attracted 650 people, was held April 28 at NEC's Jordan Hall and the Student Life and Performance Center. Funds raised will provide scholarships for 2,000 preparatory and college students.

Kennett F. Burnes, chair of NEC's board of trustees, said, "The money raised at this event ensures that the conservatory remains a diverse and dynamic community, committed to the highest level of artistic excellence."

Attendees were treated to musical performances that included the Borromeo String Quartet, Morse Quartet, Opera Scenes by NEC graduate students, an NEC Jazz Quintet, and duets and a solo by the Contemporary Improvisation Department.

Economic Mobility Pathways Celebrates Economic Independence Day, Raises $170K

Economic Mobility Pathways in Boston, which works to help low-income families achieve economic independence, announced that it recently raised $170,000 through a gala to recognize progress made by Boston families to reach long-term financial certainty.

Funds raised at the May 3 event will support EMPath’s programs, which use a nationally-recognized approach to mentoring. Sponsors included Deloitte, State Street, The Patriots Charitable Foundation, and Leah Sciabarrasi & Cesare Casadei.

EMPath President and CEO Elisabeth Babcock said, “The funds raised tonight will have a big impact on the lives of low-income families in Boston and beyond.”

Among the 200 attendees were Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano, state Senator James Eldridge and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.

Project Place Raises $860K via Gala, Exceeding Its Goal

Project Place, which provides skills and resources to help homeless and low-income individuals find employment and housing, announced that its recently held gala, which attracted 250 attendees, raised $860,000, exceeding its goal.

Funds will support job training programming and social enterprises.

Major sponsors for the 2018 Open Door Gala included Eileen and Jack Connors, Highland Street Foundation, Michele and Howard Kessler, Eversource, John Hancock, Mary Kelleher & Kevin Leary, and Gerry Martin. Honorary Chairs included Governor Charlie Baker and Mrs. Lauren Baker; Mayor Martin J. Walsh & Ms. Lorrie Higgins; and Mrs. Angela Menino. Gala co-chairs included Eileen Connors, Mary Kelleher and Heather Wells.

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