November 20, 2019
 
Dimock Center Annual Gala Sets a Record, Raising $1.3M

November 8, 2019 — 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 a record-setting $1.3 million at its recently held annual gala.

The funds will support the organization's ongoing programs and services.

The Dimock Center had sought to attract 800 people and raise $1.2 million. However, 1,000 people attended the Steppin’ Out gala, held Nov. 2 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Last year's gala raised nearly as much, also attracting a similar number of attendees.

“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. The tremendous support we received was a direct result of special relationships with our sponsors and donors, who are committed to our mission and vision as we guide our organization into the future,” said Raquel Rosenblatt, chief development officer of The Dimock Center.

Funds raised, via sponsorships, ticket sales, and a fund-a-need solicitations during the event, generated one- third of the center's annual unrestricted fundraising goal.

Key sponsors were TJX Companies, Inc., Beth Israel Lahey Health, Sanofi Genzyme, Liberty Mutual, Red Sox Foundation, and WCVB.

Honored at the event was U.S. Representative John Lewis, who received the inaugural Congressman John Lewis Award for Leaders Who Heal and Uplift Our Community. This inaugural award was presented by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. The TJX Companies, Inc. was also honored. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh addressed the gathering.

Founded in 1862 as the New England Hospital for Women and Children, The Dimock Center operates on a nine-acre campus in Roxbury’s Egleston Square, providing health and community care, behavioral health, and child and family services to 19,000 people from Boston neighborhoods and 212 communities across the state.

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