July 21, 2017
 
Youth Villages Massachusetts Celebration Raises $580K

April 13, 2017 — Youth Villages Massachusetts and New Hampshire, a Woburn-based nonprofit that provides counseling services and programs to emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families, this week announced it raised $580,000 at its annual Spring Celebration.

The amount raised at the annual event, held April 7 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, matched last year's results, which set a record.

The funds raised this month will support the YVLifeSet program that helps vulnerable teenagers make a successful transition to adulthood, pay for in-home therapeutic sessions for children with emotional and behavioral challenges, and benefit residential treatment at the organization's site in Arlington.

Katie Dilly, development director of Youth Villages, attributed this year's success to engaging local board members and establishing fundraising goals for each. Board members also helped to attract attendees.

She also cited the organization's decision to honor Linda Whitlock, founder and principal of The Whitlock Group, former head of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and a founding member of Youth Villages’ local board. Also, holding the event on a Friday evening, as opposed to mid-week as was done previously, helped to attract 245 guests, 15 more than last year.

In addition, the inclusion of a new after-party event with DJ and dancing attracted new, younger supporters, she said.

Among the guests were Gov. Charlie Baker and his wife, Lauren, and Baker, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services MaryLou Sudders.

The event raised funds through sponsorships, ticket sales, program book ads, and Fund a Future feature during which guests donated to support services at various dollar amounts.

Lead sponsors included Joanna and Jon Jacobson, Sandy and Paul Edgerley, Amy and David Abrams, Anita and Josh Bekenstein, Beth and Seth Klarman, Mike Krupka and Anne Kubik, Yvette and Peter Mulderry, and Adage Capital Management.

The program included a video and remarks from Pat Lawler, national CEO of Youth Villages; Joanna Jacobson, chair of the local board, and Matt Stone, executive director of Youth Villages in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Speaking to the gather, Baker said, “Youth Villages could have pick a lot of places to play, and they chose to play here. On behalf of the people of the Commonwealth, Secretary Sudders, and Department of Children and Families Commissioner Linda Spears, I just want to say how much we appreciate that.”

Youth Villages established its presence in Massachusetts in 2007, offering in-home counseling to two families from an office in Lawrence. Since then, it has served more than 4,500 children, families, and young adults. This year, it plans to serve 1,400 more. The organization today employs more than 350, and, in addition to its Woburn headquarters, has offices in Arlington, Lawrence, Plymouth, Springfield, and Worcester, and Manchester, N.H.

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