April 6, 2020
Victory Programs Raises $135K at Annual Dinnerfest, up 12%

May 4, 2017 — Victory Programs, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides services to people suffering from homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, and chronic illnesses, announced that its recently held annual fundraising generated $135,000.

A spokesperson for Victory Programs said while the Dinnerfest RED Party + Auction, held for the 27th year, at Red Lantern on Stanhope Street in Boston, fell short of its goal to raise $150,000, it generated 12% more over last year's event.

Funds raised, all of which support ongoing services, account for nearly 10% of the organization’s annual fundraising efforts. Funds were raised through corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, the fund-a-need paddle bid, donations, raffles, and live and silent auctions.

The organization noted that this year's success resulted, in part, from a pro-active approach to corporate sponsors, which netted four new sponsors, and in a targeted strategy for soliciting higher dollar value prizes and prize packages for the live and silent auctions at the event.

In addition, this year’s Co-Chairs Tiffani Faison, Richard Gordon and Scott Kearnan "were instrumental in building relationships with participating restaurants and other in-kind donors to bring in high quality donations from some of Boston’s most coveted establishments."

“Tiffani, Richard, and Scott each brought their passion for our mission to their work as event co-chairs,” shares Shauna Helton, Victory Programs’ special events manager. “That passion, paired with the deep ties each of them have established through years of working in the restaurant and entertainment industries here in Boston, really allowed us to take our auction prizes to a whole new level which paid off in record fundraising.”

This year the event coincided with the opening of New Joelyn’s Home, a state-of-the-art, 24-bed women’s residential recovery program housed in a freshly renovated Victorian home in Roxbury, the latest chapter in Victory Programs’ efforts to rebuild their women’s recovery services in the wake of the unexpected permanent evacuation and closing of the first Joelyn’s Family Home in October 2014 when the only bridge to Boston Harbor’s Long Island where the program was located was closed on short notice due to structural issues.

Between the opening of New Joelyn’s Home this year and the expansion of two other women’s residential recovery programs, New Victories for Women and Shepherd House, Victory Programs said it has built back 98% of the women’s residential recovery capacity it had when the bridge closed.

Established in 1975, Victory Programs today operates 17 programs in Boston, Cambridge, and Topsfield that provide health, housing, and prevention programs and recovery services to more than 2,300 people annually.

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