Team IMPACT Gala Blasts Past Goal to Raise a Record $1.8M
Team IMPACT said it aimed to raise $1.3 million, which was already $300,000 more than the organization raised last year. The Team Impact Game Day Gala, held April 26 at the Seaport World Trade Center, sought to attract 850 attendees, but drew 1,100.
Funds raised from the this year's gala will support program expansion, by investing in a technology platform to better connect children, families, and athletes, as well as improve organizational efficiency and performance management. The organization said it also will continue to pilot satellite offices to strengthen the connection between Team IMPACT staff and participants in regions throughout the United States.
Lauding the efforts of Team IMPACT's first corporate sponsor, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Executive Director Seth Rosenzweig said, We were able to exceed our goal through the hard work of many people, particularly our steadfast board of directors and Gala Committee, who shared generously of their time, networks and investments. We value team, and we couldnt be prouder or more grateful for the one we have.
Funds were raised via table sponsors, ad sales, silent and live auctions, a live raffle of an Audi A3 donated by Prime Motor Group, and through donations collected at the gala through a text-to-give program and donation cards at every table.
Hosting the evening was ESPNs Wendi Nix. Guests included Robert Kraft and Dion Lewis of the New England Patriots, along with Team IMPACT children and families and participating athletes who traveled from as far as California to attend.
The event coincided with the organization's fifth anniversary.
We started Team IMPACT with the humble goal of wanting to continue the long-standing tradition of athletes giving back to the community. We couldnt have anticipated the thousands of children and student athletes that have been positively impacted by our program, said Team IMPACT co-founder Jay Calnan.
He added, Between reaching 1,000 matches and more than 450 colleges, the past year has been a significant one, and we look forward to many more years of bringing together supporters, families, participants and community members to make a difference in the lives of children and college athletes.
Founded in 2011 by Tufts University alumni and former student athletes, Team IMPACTs seeks to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.
Since launch, Team IMPACT has positively impacting the lives of more than 35,000 student athletes. Participating children gain team camaraderie and support, and the student athletes learn lessons about courage, resiliency, and life perspective that cannot be learned in a classroom, according to Team IMPACT.