September 23, 2018
 
Cardinal Cushing Centers Gala Surpasses Goal to Raise $550K

June 16, 2018 — Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover, a nonprofit that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, this week announced that its recently held annual spring gala raised $550,000, surpassing its goal by 10%.

The amount raised at the event, which attracted 450 attendees on June 7 to the Seaport Hotel in Boston, surpassed the amount raised last year by $120,000.

Funds will be support the organization's ongoing programs, including education, employment training, transition services, residential care, therapeutic, and recreational services.

Jansi Chandler, Vice president of development at Cardinal Cushing Centers, said, “I believe this year’s Springtime Gala was so successful thanks to the hard work of both our honorees, as well as the gala committee. Everyone made sure the right people were in the room to hear our story and why it is so important to support our organization.”

The gala generated 36% of the center's annual fundraising goal. Funds were raised through ticket sales, sponsorship, a silent and live auction, and a fund-a-need held the during the event.

Sponsors included Ted and Maureen English, NFP, Jean and Fred Raymond, Rita and Phillip Harris, Eniac Ventures, The TJX Companies, Inc., Rockland Trust, Conway Insurance, The Flatley Foundation, and Herb Chambers.

Highlighting the evening was a fashion show featuring students and adults with intellectual disabilities who walked the runway alongside special guests, including Paul Grogan, president & CEO of The Boston Foundation; Marylou Sudders, Massachusetts secretary of health & human services; and Steve DiFillippo, of Davio’s.

Cardinal Cushing Centers plans to begin construction this summer on a new educational and vocational building, which will replace several older buildings. It will house six state-of-the-art classrooms and three retail stores that will be staffed by Cushing students and adults served by the organization.

The building was projected to cost $9 million, and has been funded by a $10 million capital campaign, which includes $1 million set aside as an operating reserve.

Cardinal Cushing Centers is also converting one of its buildings into a 37-unit, mixed income and workforce housing community, which was due for completion this spring.

Founded in 1947 as a day and residential school for students with intellectual disabilities, Cardinal Cushing Centers, today supports more than 600 individuals of all ages, with the goal of helping each student and adult to become included and independent members of society. Programs include affordable housing, community programs, education, employment training, recreational, therapeutic, and residential services.

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