May 20, 2019
 
Casa Myrna’s Annual Breakfast Busts $100K Fundraising Goal

May 29, 2015 — Casa Myrna Vazquez, a Boston nonprofit working to end domestic and dating violence through intervention, awareness, and prevention, announced that it raised $115,475 at its recent annual Community of Conscience Breakfast, beating its goal by 15%.

Two hundred and thirty guests attended, including legislative, business, and philanthropic leaders.

The event, held on May 20 at the Wyndham Hotel Boston/Beacon Hill, set a record in fundraising and attendance. The 2014 breakfast raised $83,775 with 210 guests attending.

Funds raised for the Community of Conscience Breakfast represent approximately 3.5% of the organization’s total annual fundraising.

Stephanie Brown, chief executive officer of Casa Myrna Vazquez, “The Community of Conscience Breakfast raises critical funds for Casa Myrna’s comprehensive efforts and educates people about our work. We are grateful to our generous sponsors and dedicated friends who made this year’s event so successful.”

The organization said event’s success was due to increased sponsorships, ticket sales, and a challenge match. Twenty-eight companies and individuals sponsored the breakfast, with commitments ranging from $1,000 to $15,000. Verizon HopeLine and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley were lead sponsors.

A new host committee of 15 board members and other friends of the organization solicited sponsorships, promoted the event, purchased tables and served as hosts.

Laura and Eric Peterson, long-time friends of Casa Myrna, generously matched all gifts made at the breakfast up to $12,000.

The Reverend Liz Walker emceed the sixth annual Community of Conscience Breakfast, the first time that Casa Myrna welcomed an event host outside of board and staff members.

Speakers, including survivor Nadine Walker Mooney, Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Karyn Polito, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.

Casa Myrna presented the Norman Knight Charitable Foundation Leadership Award to Megan Gates, immediate past president of the Casa Myrna Board, and the Myrna Vazquez Advocacy Award to Pressley. The awards are named for philanthropic and community leaders who exemplify a dedication to survivors and ending domestic violence.

Founded in 1977, Casa Myrna is Boston’s largest provider of domestic violence awareness efforts and of shelter and supportive services to domestic violence survivors. Each year, the organization serves nearly 1,000 survivors through: three residential programs; housing assistance and advocacy; financial literacy education and job readiness skill building; individual and group counseling; legal advocacy and representation; children’s services; and community-based advocacy.

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