Bridgewell Raises $327K via First In-Person Gala Since 2019
May 13, 2022 — Bridgewell, a Lynnfield nonprofit that supports individuals with developmental and psychiatric disabilities, this week announced it raised $327,000 at its annual gala held in person for the first time in three years, surpassing its goal by nine percent.
Bridgewell said the funds raised at its Imagine the Possibilities gala, held April 29 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, will support its behavioral health, day rehabilitation, employment, housing, and recovery programs.
“We were thrilled to finally hold the event in person for the first time since 2019,” said Christopher Tuttle, Bridgewell’s president and CEO. “We held a virtual gala in 2020 and did not hold the event in 2021, so we were very pleased with how enthusiastic our supporters were to attend the event in person this year. We’re grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and attendees, with fundraising exceeding our expectations during this uncertain time.”
The event, which sought to draw 200 people and raise $300,000, attracted 275 participants.
Funds were raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, a silent online auction open to gala attendees as well as other supporters not in attendance, a “getaway raffle,” and a Fund-a-Need auction to support specific projects.
Sponsors included OneDigital Health & Benefits, AA Maintenance Solutions, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Cityblock Health, Citizens Bank, Davco Systems, Fisher & George Electrical Co., Lancelot Janitorial & Paper Products, Long Term Pharmacy, MacDonald & Vaccaro Insurance, and Shark/Ninja.
Before the pandemic, funds raised through the gala contributed about a third of Bridgewell’s total fundraising effort annually.
At the gala, Bridgewell presented its 2022 Visionary Leadership Award to Lancelot Janitorial and Paper Products owner George Sonia.
“Over the years, I’ve been given the opportunity to see first-hand the amazing outreach Bridgewell provides to our community, Sonia stated in his acceptance speech. “I’ve been to the day programs, residential services, employment offices, and treatment programs and I’ve always seen the same thing – people being treated with respect, positive reinforcement, and guidance. I have supported Bridgewell for many years and will continue to do so for a very long time to come.”
Established in 1958, Bridgewell today with more than 1,600 employees serves about 6,200 individuals and their families annually through 100 programs offered in 23 communities in eastern Massachusetts.