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June 25, 2022
New role at Philanthropy MA; Youth Villages Spring Gala Success; Friendship Home's Circle of Friends; Luongo elected
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June 6, 2022 — A promotion at Philanthropy for MA for Alex McCray; Youth Villages raises $830K at its Spring Celebration; Friendship Home hosts 600 at its gala; and a new treasurer at The Arc of the South Shore.

Philanthropy MA Promotes McCray

June 6, 2022 — Philanthropy MA announced that effective July 4, Alex McCray will be assuming a new role with Philanthropy MA as Vice President, Member Engagement and Strategic Initiatives. In this new role, Alex will oversee the strategy, design, planning, and implementation of programs in philanthropy education to foster meaningful collaboration and engagement, learning, and knowledge exchange. In partnership with it CEO Jeffrey Poulos, Alex will lead the implementation of racial equity, equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) strategies that support Member Development. Additionally, he will manage strategic initiatives and play a key role in creating and fostering a continuously learning organization.

Youth Villages Spring Celebration Gala Raises $830K

June 2, 2022 — Youth Villages, a Massachusetts nonprofit that provides intensive, in-home mental health treatment to children, families and young adults, announced that its recent Spring Celebration gala, which celebrated a milestone 15 years in Massachusetts, raised $830,000 to help young people live successfully.

Youth Villages will use the funds to support LifeSet, a program that helps young adults aging out of foster care with the transition into successful adulthood and the new Intercept for Emergency Diversion program which helps to prevent children from boarding in emergency departments while waiting for mental health treatment.

“It was incredible to finally be able to come together in person for the first time since the pandemic,” said Matt Stone, executive director of Youth Villages Massachusetts and New Hampshire. “I am so proud of our impact over the last 15 years. We’ve gone from serving one family in 2007 to over 900 young people per day today and we could not have done that without the generous support from this community.”

Stone was honored at the event for his years of dedication, leadership and commitment to the organization and the young people they serve. Secretary Marylou Sudders presented the Secretary Marylou Sudders Excellence in Human Services Award to Dr. Jacque Cutillo, assistant clinical director at Youth Villages.

Close to 300 attendees heard the inspiring story of Emely, a 22-year-old in the LifeSet program, who shared her journey from suffering eight years of abuse as a child to being the first person in her family to graduate college. And Jenny, whose 15-year-old daughter was in the Intercept program and stuck in an endless cycle of emergency room visits for her mental health, finally found progress with Youth Villages.

Funds were raised through corporate and individual donations prior to the event, tickets and special opportunities to support young people during a live auction. Presenting sponsors included Anita and Josh Bekenstein, The Klarman Family Foundation and the One8 Foundation.

Youth Villages has served over 10,000 young people in their 15 years in Massachusetts and continues to help children, families and young adults live successfully.

Friendship Home's Circle of Friends Gala raises $630K

June 2, 2022 — Friendship Home in Norwell recently held its 13th Annual Circle of Friends Gala and raised more than $630,000 for its programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. More than 600 guests attended the nonprofit’s signature event at Lombardo’s in Randolph.

Friendship Home kicked off its cause auction by announcing a $20,000 challenge grant from the Salah Foundation. Other highlights from the event included appearances by Gala Chairs, PJ and Lizzy Antonik of Oak Development and Design and their home improvement reality series “Heart of Oak,” as well as speeches by Friendship Home members JR Foley and Kayla Pigeon

"We did so well thanks to the amazing people in the room who believe in Friendship Home’s mission and who want us to be successful. We are very grateful!” said Andrea Pyke, Executive Director.

Friendship Home was founded in 1999 by Wilma Goodhue and Joan Mullare, two mothers of adult children with developmental disabilities. They dreamed of creating a home that would specifically address the profound need for quality respite care as well as provide opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to build relationships, develop independent living skills and have fun.

The nonprofit organization now serves more than 200 families throughout the South Shore and beyond with employment, social/recreational and overnight respite programs.

The Arc of the South Shore Elects Jim Luongo as Secretary of Board of Directors

June 1, 2022 — The Arc of the South Shore, a family-oriented, community-based nonprofit providing information, referrals, and community programs for individuals with disabilities, has named Jim Loungo of Plymouth as Secretary of the Board of Directors.

In this role, his responsibilities include recording and maintaining meeting minutes, safekeeping official records, and ensuring that key contact information regarding the Board’s leadership team is current.

Luongo, a Retail Banking Officer with South Shore Bank, has been a member of the Arc of South Shore Board of Directors since October of 2016. He also presently serves as Director/Treasurer of the Weymouth Chamber of Commerce.

“Jim’s attention to detail, communication skills, and dedication to our mission make him the ideal person to fill the pivotal post of secretary of the board,” said Daryl Cook-Ivan, executive director of the Arc of the South Shore. “We thank him for taking on this role, one that we are certain he will excel at.”

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