December 12, 2018
 
Victory Programs Fundraiser Attracts 225, Sets Record

May 1, 2014 — Victory Programs, a Boston-based nonprofit that works with the homeless who often have substance use and chronic health issues, announced that it raised $77,000 at its recent annual fundraiser, a record for the 39-year-old organization.

The event, which also celebrated the 25th anniversary the Boston Living Center, a community and resource center for people living with HIV/AIDS that is operated by Victory Programs.

The fundraiser, held April 27 at the Red Lantern in Boston's Back Bay, broke attracted 225 guests, the highest ever for its annual Dinnerfest Party + Auction.

Dinnerfest is a culinary-themed auction that offers attendees the opportunity to bid on 100 exclusive dining packages and gift certificates to some of Greater Boston’s most acclaimed eateries including L’Espalier, The Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons, Rialto, and Blue Ginger.

Victory Programs said that holding the event at a larger venue this enabled it to increase attendance capacity and create a more comfortable environment for guests to mix, mingle and bid on auction items.

“Support from our generous sponsors, the amazing restaurant community in Boston and our host the Red Lantern, which could not have been a more gracious partner, all enabled us to exceed our fundraising goals,” said Jonathan Scott, Victory Programs’ president and CEO.

“In addition, by celebrating the Boston Living Center’s 'Shining Stars’ we were able to attract more guests who wanted to acknowledge those who have been instrumental in our serving the HIV/AIDS community.”

Several alterations to the event helped boost attendance and fundraising efforts, the organization noted, including a new “buy now” option for those less interested in competitive bidding war by being able to claim it by paying 150% of the value of the prize. Twenty-three percent of the items in the silent auction were claimed using this new feature.

Corporate sponsorships for the event were up more than 50% from 2013, and included Eastern Bank, Macy’s, Walgreens, State Street and Yale Appliance + Lighting.

Since opening its doors in 1975, Victory Programs has expanded to 19 health and housing programs in Boston, Cambridge, and Topsfield. Victory Programs serves people who are facing homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness and chronic illnesses like HIV/AIDS and provides them with the tools needed to support health, self-sufficient lives.

For the year ending June 30, 2012, Victory Programs reported $10 million in revenue, 87% of which came from contributions and grants, and $9.8 million in expenses, according to its most recently available Form 990.

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