May 20, 2019
 
Youth Villages Massachusetts Spring Celebration Raises $1M

May 5, 2019 — Youth Villages Massachusetts and New Hampshire, based in Woburn, part of a national nonprofit that provides counseling services and programs to help children with emotional and behavioral problems live with their families, last week announced that its annual Spring Celebration raised $1 million, surpassing its goal by 25%.

Youth Villages Massachusetts and New Hampshire said the event, held on Thursday at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, sought to raise $800,000 and attract 275 people. A total of 290 attended.

Funds will support Youth Villages’ YVLifeSet program, a public-private partnership with the state that which provides intensive clinical support and guidance to young adults ages 17-22 who are “aging out” of state care, lack family involvement, or are either homeless or at risk of being homeless and need help learning to live successfully on their own.

“The event was an incredible opportunity to recognize our local board member Dr. Kevin Tabb during such a momentous year for him. He recently led the merger of several hospitals and health-care providers to form Beth Israel Lahey Health, of which he is president and CEO,” said Katherine Dilly, director of development for Youth Villages Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

“We are so grateful to Kevin and our host committee for making this event such a success for the children, youth and families of Massachusetts and New Hampshire who we serve,” she added.

Funds were raised primarily through sponsorships, supported by a fund-a-future auction and tickets sales.

The event, which is the organization's signature fund raiser, generates 40% of Youth Villages' annual fundraising.

Helping to drive the increase in amount raised this year, compared to last, was the decision to honor Tabb, who, Dilly said, "drew a different and very helpful crowd than our events in past years, which included sponsors from the corporate, insurance, and medical sectors.

Also new this year, she said, the annual event video profiled staff along with the families and youth served by Youth Villages.. Produced by Elias Miranda Productions, it followed two specialists as they conducted therapeutic and support sessions with a family and a young adult, providing a fuller depiction of the work the organization does.

Youth Villages began providing services in Massachusetts in 2007. Today, Youth Villages Massachusetts and New Hampshire has offices in Lawrence, Raynham, Springfield, Woburn, and Worcester, and works with more than 1,100 children and families annually.

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