January 24, 2019
 
Dimock Center Annual Gala Raises a Record Setting $1.3M

November 13, 2018 — The Dimock Center, a Boston nonprofit that provides low cost health and human services to children and adults from Roxbury and surrounding neighborhoods, announced it raised $1.3 million at its annual gala last Saturday, setting a new record.

The 31st annual Steppin' Out gala, held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, attracted 1,000 attendees, and had aimed to raise $850,000.

Funds raised will support health, behavioral health, and child and family services provided by The Dimock Center.

Last year's gala raised $1.14 million, which then set a record.

"Steppin’ Out for The Dimock Center remains one of the most significant ways of raising awareness and critical resources for our important work and place in our community, for more than 150 years," said Dimock President and CEO Myechia Minter-Jordan. "This year's focus was on our unique model of innovation and integration.

"The tremendous support we received was a direct result of viable corporate sponsor and donor relationships, which are committed to our mission and vision as we guide our organization into the future."

Saturday's gala generated seven percent of the total that Dimock aims to raise this year.

According to Dimock, attendance was slightly larger than in previous years.

Funds were raised by sponsorships, which included a VIP cocktail reception and dinner table and individual ticket sales, special meet and greet session with headlining performers, and a special dinner performance. Major sponsors included The TJX Companies and Dell, Inc.

In addition, general admission tickets were sold and a silent auction was held. Also, a fundraising solicitation was made during the evening.

This was the first time Dimock used an online auctions platform, called 501 Auctions, which allowed it to open its silent auction digitally a week in advance of the event. A digital platform enabled guests, via their phones, to bid on silent auction items, place their bid during the Fund-A Need Solicitation or donate any amount, and check-out at the end of the event.

At the event, Dimock presented is Dimock Difference Leadership Award to Liberty Mutual Insurance Chairman and CEO David Long.

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lauren Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh served as event chairs.

Steppin' Out is considered Boston's premiere multi-cultural, black tie gala. Over three decades Steppin' Out has raised approximately $28 million, which has enabled The Dimock Center to create and expand a range of programs and services, including residential recovery programs for men, an adult education program, and an expanded health center.

Founded in 1862 as the New England Hospital for Women and Children, The Dimock Center today is nationally recognized as a model for the delivery of comprehensive, providing integrated health and human services in an urban community. It expects to serve 19,000 people this year.

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