Home for Little Wanderers Gala Beats Fundraising Goal by 30%
May 31, 2013 The Home for Little Wanderers, a nonprofit child and family service agency based in Boston, announced that it raised more than $1.3 million at its annual gala this week, beating its goal by more than 30% and far outpacing the amount it raised last year.
The Home for Little Wanderers
said 1,100 people attended its Voices & Visions gala at the Seaport World Trade Center, raising $1.345 million, or about 19% of its annual fundraising budget.
Last year, the event, which drew a similar number of attendees, raised $961,000.
Under board chair and 2013 honoree John Hailers leadership, Voices & Visions has continued to grow and gain support of local business leaders and corporations, said Joan Wallace-Benjamin, president & CEO of The Home. We simply would not have exceeded our fundraising goals this year without his vision to engage new and existing supporters for an organization he is deeply connected with.
Funds were raised through sponsorships, individual ticket sales, donations, and sale of childrens artwork from The Homeʼs Longview Farm Campus in Walpole and Southeast Campus in Plymouth.
This year's silent auction generated double the amount raised last year, facilitated by the use of new technology. Guests were given a BidPal device that they could use to place bids or software they could download onto a smart phone. This also enabled guests to make instant donations and purchase childrens artwork.
In addition to Hailer, who is president and CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management, who is stepping down as board chair, a number of young adults from The Homeʼs programs who have chosen higher education in pursuit of their personal career goals were honored.
The Home said Hailer was an instrumental force behind the organizations Third Century Campaign, which raised a record $23 million and enabled the agency to build a new school and home at its Longview Farm Campus in Walpole. It also created a fund for innovations and provided support for The Homes endowment.
Serving as event co-chairs were Christopher F. Egan from Carruth Capital, LLC, Stacey H. Jacobson ,from Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Robert L. Reynolds from Putnam Investments.
The Home for Little Wanderers is the nationʼs oldest, and one of New Englandʼs largest, nonprofit child and family service agencies. Its mission is to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social, and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances. It does by through programs that include early childhood services, special education, therapeutic residential treatment, adoption, intensive foster care, clinical and family support in homes, schools, hospitals and clinics, and college and independent living preparation for youth who have aged out of state care.