December 13, 2019
 
Rosie's Place Raises $970K, a Record, to Support Its Mission

October 26, 2019 — Rosie's Place, a Boston-based, nonprofit community center for poor and homeless women in the Boston area, announced that it raised a record setting $970,000 at its recently held annual luncheon that celebrates the organization's mission.

The funds will support programs and services that Rosie's Placeoffers to more than 12,000 poor and homeless women each year.

Two thousand people attended the Funny Women... Serious Business, which sought to raise $950,000, luncheon on Oct. 16 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

R.B. Michael Oliver, director of development at Rosie’s Place, said the organization surpassed its fundraising goal due to "an incredibly talented, professional development team who works hard to coordinate with an event committee of longtime supporters to solicit sponsorships, sell tickets, and fill the room with old and new friends.

The total amount raised this year surpassed the $930,000 raised at last year's luncheon, which attracted a similar number of attendees.

The luncheon generates nine percent of the funds that Rosie's Place raises annually.

Addressing the gathering was Glennon Doyle, author of the bestselling memoir Love Warrior, which recounts the dissolution of her marriage and how in its aftermath she was able to tap her personal resources to surmount pain and challenges.

Key sponsors of the luncheon included Christina and Michael Gordon, Anne Kubik and Michael Krupta, Kristen and John Maxwell, Michele May and David Walt, Deb and Mark Pasculano, Bank of America, Brightsphere, Globalization Partners, and J. Jill.

Rose's Place was founded by Kip Tiernan in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States, and today, provides support, housing and education services for 12,000 women annually, including about 2,000 women each month who use its food pantry.

Last year, Approximately 300 women, ages 18 to 80, found sanctuary in its emergency housing, while advocates worked with them to find permanent homes and provide services, including employment assistance, and English language and computer classes. In addition, 500 women received assistance at nine trial court sites through one-on-one advocacy, food and utility assistance, eviction prevention, and public benefit eligibility.

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