Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County Raises $142K

April 20, 2017 — The Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, a Boston-based nonprofit that serves children and families exposed to violence and abuse, raised $142,000 in connection with its recent charity climb up 200 Clarendon Street (formerly known as the John Hancock Tower), beating its goal by 14% and setting a record for the annual event.

The 60-story Ginormous Climb, held for fourth time on April 1, raised $41,000 more than last year and attracted the highest number of participants to date.

Total funds raised this year, which will support family advocacy, trauma counseling, client transportation, and other services, represents $10% of the annual operating budget for Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC).

This year, CAC assigned bibs to 444 people, 372 of whom completed the climb, a strong showing, according to CAC, considering that unseasonably snowy weather prevailed on the day of the climb. That compares to 307 bibs and 270 completions last year.

CAC Executive Director Susan Goldfarb, said, “This year, through broad outreach, the Climb included more climbers than ever before and, as in past years, exceeded our fundraising goal.

"An enormous amount of energy and effort goes into marketing, building enthusiasm among climbers, and encouraging participants as they train and raise funds. We are fortunate to have tremendous support from our partner agencies – who help generate this enthusiasm and momentum.”

Each climber paid a $40 registration fee and raised a minimum of $85, generating a minimum of $125 per climber. CAC said 221 people, or 50% of participants, exceeded this minimum fundraising goal. Nearly 75 volunteers supported the effort.

The professionally timed event was co-hosted by the CAC, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston Police Department, Boston Properties, and AMP Radio 103.3, the event engaged partner agencies, area businesses and the community.

In addition to peer-to-peer outreach, funds were raised through corporate sponsorships.

Attending the event were Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, and Police Commissioner William B. Evans.

The top fundraising team was The Children's Justice League, which raised $27,620. The three highest individual fundraisers were Anne Maher ($4,160), Margo Cramer ($3,615), and Dana Pierce ($3,175).

Founded in 1995, CAC is Suffolk County’s only nonprofit organization that coordinates the efforts of child protection, law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, medical experts, and trauma clinicians under one roof. Today, it serves more than 1,400 children annually, working with more than 25 agencies to reduce stress and improve outcomes throughout the abuse investigation, intervention, and healing process.