December 13, 2019
Horizons for Homeless Children Annual Breakfast Raises $900K

October 25, 2019 — Horizons for Homeless Children, a Boston nonprofit that provides early education and family support services, recently announced that it raised $900,000 at its annual Women’s Breakfast, surpassing its goal, setting a record for the annual event.

Horizons for Homeless Children said it had aimed to raise $850,000 and attract 1,200 people to the breakfast, held last week at The Westin Copley Place hotel in Boston. It had sold out in August, earlier than ever before.

Last year's event attracted 1,000 people and raised $818,000.

Tara Spalding, chief development and marketing officer at Horizons, said, "We are thrilled that this year’s Women’s Breakfast raised a record amount for Horizons. The early sellout speaks to growing interest in our mission and an expansion of our community and network, and we were so successful due to those factors, coupled with the popularity of our speaker.”

Funds raised via the Women's Breakfast generates about 15% of Horizon's annual fundraising goal.

Featured at the event were Horizons was a live interview between NBC Sports Boston’s Trenni Kusnierek and New York Times bestselling author of “Educated” Tara Westover, whose memoir, Educated, a New York Times bestseller, details her life born to Mormon survivalist parents opposed to public education who eventually graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University and earned a PhD in history.

Spalding noted that Kusnierek-Westover highlighted the importance of encouraging mentors in a child’s life and the impact of trauma on children.

Included in the funds raised this year was $315,000 during the breakfast, which exceeded the $300,000 Horizons sought to raise that day.

Key sponsors included MFS Investment Management, Bain Capital, Health Advances, Bright Horizons, Old Ironsides Energy, Ropes & Gray, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Turner.

Founded in 1988 as an independent, nonprofit organization, Horizons for Homeless Children, headquartered in Roxbury, serves homeless children and their families, by providing early education and parental support, among other services. According to Horizons, more than half of all homeless people in families with children are concentrated in five U.S. states, with Massachusetts being one of them.

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