May 25, 2019
Brookline Ctr. for Comm. Mental Health Raises a Record $446K

June 1, 2018 — The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, a Brookline-based nonprofit community mental health center founded 60 years ago, announced that its recently held spring gala raised more than $446,000, a 20% increase from last year, setting a record for the annual event.

Funds raised through the event will support kids’ mental health treatment offered at The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health and throughout the community, including at all nine Brookline Public Schools.

The sixth annual Believe in Brookline Kids, held May 5 at the Headhouse Concourse at the Seaport Boston Hotel, brought together 275 attendees. Last year's event, which drew more people, a total of 303, raised $372,000.

Nancy Vineberg, chief development officer of The Brookline Center, attributed the fundraising record to a speech given at the event, which sparked $72,000 in giving via a "fund a need" appeal. A Brookline High School senior moved the audience by articulating why access to mental health care is critical for children and teens.

In addition to the on-site appeal, funds were raised through individual and corporate sponsorships, live/silent/mini-live auctions, tickets, donations, and matching gifts to gifts made at the event.

The gala was the first since Ian Lang joined The Brookline Center last fall as its executive director.

Major sponsors included TD Securities, American Tower, Kaplan Construction, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, PwC, and Steward Health Care.

Prior to joining The Brookline Center, Lang served as executive director of Continuum Behavioral Health in Providence, chief of staff at HealthSource RI, and vice president for advancement and external relations, as well as chief strategy officer, for The Providence Center.

He earned a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Trinity College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rhode Island's College of Business Administration.

Since its founding in 1958 as the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, The Brookline Center has evolved into one of the area’s leading human services resources, dedicated to improving health, addressing challenges, nurturing compassion, transforming lives, and fostering a more resilient community. Today, it teams with nearly 100 clinicians, staff in every Brookline public school, and partnerships with healthcare providers and public agencies.

The Brookline Center, which has an annual operating budget of $6.4 million, derives 26% of its revenue from philanthropic giving, according to its most recent annual report.

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