October 23, 2018
 
Major Anniversaries; ED Leaves; ED Honored; 5K Nets $10K

May 22, 2018 — Castle Square Tenants Organization raises $200K at 30th anniversary...Youth Enrichment Services raises $600K at gala celebrating 50 years...Julie Hennrikus to step down as ED of StageSource...Friendly House ED Gordon Hargrove cited for six decades of service... Playworks New England annual 5K raises $10K.

Castle Square Tenants Organization Raises $200K at 30th Anniversary

The Castle Square Tenants Organization (CSTO), a Boston nonprofit that promotes economic, educational and social empowerment of low and moderate income individuals by providing affordable housing and supportive services, announced that it recently raised $200,000 to support youth programs.

The funds were raised at an event, which drew 100 people, to celebrate the organization's thirtieth anniversary.

During the last three decades, CSTO transformed an unkempt and run-down neighborhood eyesore into what it describes as "a national model of quality housing and a catalyst for renewal." CSTO and long-time partner WinnDevelopment recently received city approval to purchase, co-own, and co-manage the Eva White apartments, located adjacent to Castle Square.

Youth Enrichment Services Raises $600K at Gala Celebrating 50 Years

Youth Enrichment Services (Yes), a Boston nonprofit that provides outdoor and enrichment programs to underserved youth in Boston, recently announced it raised $600,000 at it recently held annual gala in connection with its fiftieth anniversary.

Funds raised at the Black Diamond Gala, held April 5 at the Renaissance Hotel in Boston, which attracted 350 supporters, will support the organization's outdoor sports and leadership programs.

Two years ago, the same gala raised $625,000 to set a record.

YES has been serving Boston youth since 1968 by providing outdoor, sports-based, and leadership programs and today serves over 1,600 youth annually through its three signature programs: Operation SnowSports, Outdoor Adventure, and the YES Academy.

Julie Hennrikus to Step Down as Executive Director of StageSource

Julie A. Hennrikus, executive director of StageSource, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides leadership and services aimed at increasing cultural participation in greater Boston through advocacy, communication, and education, last week announced she would step down from the post she held for the last seven years.

Noting that "running a small non-profit is hard work," Hennrikus in an email wrote, "It is time to pass the baton on to the next leader who has fresh ideas, and lots of energy."

She added that the board is working on a succession plan.

Two years ago, in response to a Boston Foundation report that examined arts funding in Boston and in nine other cities across the country, Hennrikus said that existing funding structures for Boston area arts organizations need to be "completely rethought."

"Though Boston has a vibrant theatrical landscape, much of that landscape has been severely underfunded for far too long," she said.

Gordon Hargrove, ED of Friendly House, Cited for Six Decades of Service

Gordon Hargrove, executive director of Friendly House, a Worcester nonprofit that provides a range of services aimed at improving the health and betterment of Worcester area residents, recently named the winner of the Renaissance Award, given annually by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

The award, which carries a cash prize of $5,000, "recognize the exceptional talent and dedication of those who lead nonprofits" in the Worcester area, and is based on a record of dedicated commitment to the nonprofit sector, professional accomplishments, and talent in fostering collaborative relationships, according to the foundation.

“Thousands of low-income families in Worcester have been impacted by Gordon’s leadership and dedication over the decades that he has been involved with Friendly House,” said Ann T. Lisi, president & CEO of the foundation. Hargrove, who joined Friendly House more than 60 years ago, in 1957, has been executive director since 1969.

Playworks New England Annual 5K Raises $10K

Playworks New England , a Boston-based nonprofit that provides on-site support services to low-income schools in Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Somerville, announced that its ninth annual Playworks Run for Recess 5K raised $10,000 last weekend to support play and physical activity in 140 elementary schools across New England.

The Saturday event, held at Boston's Franklin Park, attracted 400 runners and 600 spectators and sought to raise $15,000.

Playworks New England, part of a national organization, brings play and youth development programming into schools during recess as a means to improve the health and well-being of children and enhance learning. Through direct-service coaching of students and training of school faculty and staff, Playworks integrates physical activity and social and emotional learning skill-building into organized activities during recess to create a space where students feel included, are active, and build valuable social and emotional skills needed to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

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