June 22, 2018
 
Children’s Room Raises $480K at Annual Breakfast, a Record

May 19, 2018 — The Children’s Room, an Arlington nonprofit that provides grief support services for children, teens, and families, announced that it raised $480,000 at its recent fundraising breakfast, beating its goal by 45% to set a record for the annual event.

The tenth annual Circle of Hope, held May 3 at The Waltham Westin, which sought to raise $330,000 and draw 225 attendees, attracted 270, including 156 first-time participants.

The funds will support ongoing operations.

Liz Cohen, who joined The Children’s Room as executive director in January, said that a $100,000 challenge gift from the Maureen and Paul Rubeli Family Foundation and a high number of new guests helped drive the fundraising level.

Funds were raised through one-time donations from individuals and sponsors, as well as from multi-year pledges.

Sponsors included Eversource Energy, Boathouse, Bickling Financial Services, Needham Bank, Prime Motor Group, Centerpoint Advisors, Leader Bank, Panther Residential Management, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Seascape Capital Management, Old Grove Partners and Levine Orthodontics.

The Children’s Room began in 1993, operating as a subset of Hospice West in Waltham, before opening as an independent, nonprofit center in 1999 with the help of eight volunteers. Since then, it has grown to be the leading nonprofit organization in Massachusetts supporting grieving children, teens, and families. It partners with schools throughout Greater Boston, as well as the Boys & Girls Club of Boston and the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.

It also trains professionals in social services, education, and healthcare settings to support grieving children and families, as well as graduate and undergraduate students planning to enter the mental health counseling, expressive therapies, and social work fields.

The organization's employs a peer support model allows the needs of each individual to be acknowledged and honored as they acclimate grief more fully into their life, "leading to greater compassion, hope, and growth."

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