Home for Little Wanderers Gala Raises $961K from 1,100 Guests
May 28, 2012 The Home for Little Wanderers, a private, nonprofit child and family service agency based in Boston, recently announced that it raised $961,000 through its annual gala, which drew more than 1,100 guests, the greatest number of attendees ever, beating its goal by a substantial margin.
The Home for Little Wanderers
sought to raise $750,000 at the annual Voices & Visions gala, held at the Seaport World Trade Center.
Voices & Visions is a magical event that allows the community to celebrate the imaginative spirit of children and everyone who is making a difference in their lives, said Joan Wallace-Benjamin, President and CEO. Programs like Voices & Visions are an example of why art education is important. When young artists are encouraged to express their emotions through art and creative writing, anything is possible. Children are given an opportunity to heal and grow.
Funds raised through the event represent about 10% of the organizations annual fundraising budget.
This years event raised approximately $30,000 more than last; however, according to a spokesperson, although the amount raised in each of those two years was down slightly from three years ago.
In addition to celebrating youth, Voices & Visions 2012 honored two Robert K. Sheridan, president and CEO of Savings Bank Life Insurance Company of Massachusetts , and longtime volunteer Virginia Griffin
According Wallace-Benjamin, Events such as this help us to continue providing the best possible care for the thousands of children we serve.
Title sponsors of Voices & Visions 2012 include Natixis Global Asset Management and MFS Investment Management. All proceeds from the event will enable The Home to continue supporting programming for children and their families.
Voices & Visions is a culmination of a year-long innovative arts program, featuring the creative art and writing from young children throughout several of The Homes residential and community-based programs.
Debuting more than 20 years ago as a small display of childrens artwork by the young residents at the Knight Childrens Center in Jamaica Plain, Voices & Visions has evolved into The Homes signature fundraising gala and now includes hundreds of works by children in many of the organizations residential, special education and community-based programs.