January 24, 2019
 
$402K Raised for Boston Centers for Youth and Families

December 10, 2018 — The Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families, a Boston nonprofit that raises funds for free and affordable programs for all ages across the city, recently announced its annual signature fundraising event raised $402,000, surpassing its goal by 30%.

The eighth annual HubNob, held Nov. 15 at the House of Blues Boston, which aimed to raised $310,000, attracted 450 attendees, up from last year's 430.

"We are thrilled that we surpassed our fundraising goal which was largely due to the generosity of our many sponsors, both new and returning many of who were reached through our very hard working Event Executive Committee," said Michael Christopher, board chair of Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families. "We also received a first-ever donation of event space from Live Nation New England which dramatically reduced our overhead and helped us increase our revenue."

Funds raised will be used to support and expand programming, including teen opportunities, girls-only programming, aquatics programs, senior programs, and summer neighborhood block parties.

The event raised about 35% of the foundation's annual fundraising total.

Funds were raised via sponsorships, ticket sales, live auction, a silent auction, and raffle sales.

Lead sponsors were Children’s Hospital, John Hancock, and Comcast NBCUniversal.

The foundation, which engaged an event planner last year, applied lessons learned to boost this year's efforts.

Boston Mayor Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who attended the event, said, “BCYF’s community centers are at the heart of our neighborhoods and provide a place where families can have fun, learn and explore new interests. HubNob is a great opportunity to come together, celebrate BCYF, and support their great work.”

Also attending were William Morales, Commissioner of Boston Centers for Youth & Families and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, among others.

The foundation emerged from the community schools movement in the 1970s. As new schools were being built in Boston, a group of individuals advocated keeping them open during after-school hours, envisioning neighborhood-based hubs of civic engagement and community resources that would offer enriching activities after school. That laid the groundwork for the establishment of a network of school-based and stand-alone community centers that offers an extensive range of high-quality, outcome-driven programs based on neighborhood needs and interest.

Today Boston Centers for Youth & Families operates a network of 35 community.

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