Dimock Center Raises $195K via Walk/Run, Setting a Record
September 18, 2021 — The Dimock Center, a nonprofit located in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood that provides low cost health and human services, this week announced it raised $195,000 via its annual Road to Wellness 5K Walk/Run, surpassing its goal by 30% to set a record.
Raquel Rosenblatt, chief development officer at The Dimock Center, said, “The seventh Annual Road to Wellness 5K exceeded its fundraising goals because access to health and wellness for our community of color is a priority that resonates deeply with our supporters.
“Especially following the past year of the pandemic and increased acts of racism, there is a deep philanthropic commitment in our community to expand fitness and broader wellness offerings for all people. The Road to Wellness celebrates people’s lifelong journey to health and fitness.”
In addition to beating its goal to raise $150,000 with 500 people participating, the event attracted 800 participants.
Rosenblatt said attendance has grown consistently since the event was launched in 2015.
This year’s in-person event was a contrast to last year’s virtual walk/run, which drew 400 participants.
Funds raised will be used to provide health and wellness activities for Dimock patients, including those in recovery from addiction, and members of the broader community.
Funds were raised through sponsorships. In addition, some individual participants created their own fundraisers, with one woman raising nearly $5,000 running in memory of her sister, a former Dimock patient who lost her battle with substance use disorder two years ago.
The Road to Wellness 5K Walk/Run is jointly hosted by The Dimock Center, Hoodfit, and the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.).
Top sponsors included the B.A.A., Beth Israel-Lahey Health (Dimock’s primary medical affiliate), John Hancock, Mass General Brigham, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare/Tufts Health Plan, Reebok, Berkshire Bank, Stop & Shop, and The Trefler Foundation.
The Dimock Center was founded in 1862 as the New England Hospital for Women and Children and was the first hospital in New England opened and operated by women for women, and only the second in the country.
Today, The Dimock Center serves 19,000 people annually, providing access to high quality, low cost health care and human services that might not otherwise be available to the communities it serves.
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