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June 25, 2022
 
Horizons for Homeless Children Gala Raises $1.3M, a Record
Horizons for Homeless Children

May 26, 2022 — Horizons for Homeless Children, a Boston nonprofit that provides early education and family support services, announced that its recent annual gala, held fully in person for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic broke out, raised $1,365,663, surpassing its goal and setting a record.

Horizons for Homeless Children said the funds raised during its 33rd annual spring gala will support general operations, including its Early Education Program, Family Partnerships Program, and Playspace Program.

“Our community has responded throughout the pandemic to the needs of families experiencing homelessness and the pressures they’ve faced. It was great to bring our community back together to give them an update on how their support has positively impacted the lives of vulnerable families in the Commonwealth,” said Tara Spalding, chief development and marketing officer.

The organization sought to raise $1,070,000. While it initially raised $1,174,123, the offer of a matching gift made during the program brought the total to $1,365,663.

Horizons said it aimed to attract 300 people to its 2022 spring gala, given the current state of the pandemic and supporters’ comfort level with large in-person gatherings. The final total, however, reached 361, comparable to the number who registered for its virtual gala last year. The previous in-person gala in 2019 drew 493 attendees.

Revenue from Horizons’ spring gala, held May 6 at the Westin Boston Seaport District, represents 19% of its total funds raised to date.

Funds were raised through corporate and individual donations prior to the event, tickets, and special opportunities to support families during the cocktail hour and dinner program.

More than 70 individuals, organizations, and in-kind supporters signed on as sponsors prior to the event. Premier sponsors included Sandy and Paul Edgerley, Lauren and Joseph Mazzella, Victoria and Don Sullivan, MFS Investment Management and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.

Oscar Margain, a journalist from Boston’s NBC and Telemundo stations, served as emcee. Among the attendees were Gov. Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker.

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, it reaches 20,000 children experiencing homelessness in Massachusetts every day. 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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