Safe and Sound Gala
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts
Rosie’s Place raised a record-setting $725,000 at its recent gala, beating its goal of $572,000 by 27%. The amount also exceeded revenue from the previous year’s event by 32%.
The Safe and Sound gala, held May 11 at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, drew its largest crowd ever of 300 attendees.
Funds raised from this year's gala will support emergency services such as shelter, meals and a food pantry, to free ESOL classes and job and housing assistance, to a growing outreach network that reaches women at a housing development in Dorchester, in Boston Public Schools and at local courthouses.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends,” said Rosie’s Place Vice President of External Relations Leemarie Mosca. “There were a number of factors for our success: more event sponsors, an increase in attendance, and new technology for auction bidding. As we continue to provide our services with not one cent of government funding, we are especially grateful by this outpouring of support for our work.”
Funds were raised via event chairs, table hosts, patrons and supporters; a silent and live auction; a “mystery box” raffle; and through fund-a-need donations collected at the gala.
Susan Wornick and WBUR’s Bill Littlefield once again were co-emcees.
The evening featured food stations representing nine of Boston’s best restaurants such as Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, The Farmer’s Daughter, Flour Bakery, Harvest, Hojoko and o ya and Tres Gatos. Chefs Andy Husbands (Smoke Shop, Tremont 647), David Punch (Little Big Diner and Sycamore) and Eric Swartz (Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse) were on hand to add their personal touches to their dishes.
Event chairs were Bank of America, Christina and Michael Gordon, Anne Kubik and Michael Krupka, Marriott Daughters Foundation, Michele May and David Walt, OMAM, Deb and Mark Pasculano and Winston Flowers.