October 19, 2018
 
Father Bill’s & MainSpring Event Attracts 750, Raises $335K

August 3, 2018 — Father Bill’s & MainSpring, a Brockton-based provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in southern Massachusetts, yesterday announced its annual FoodFest raised $335,000, surpassing last year's $320,000, the highest amount raised in the four years the event has been held at the Hingham shipyard.

Funds will help Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS) close 54% funding gap at its emergency shelters in Quincy and Brockton.

A spokesperson said the creation of a new recognition level, for contributions of $50,000, helped secure donations from Arbella Insurance Foundation, Bank of America, and United Way of Massachusetts Back and Merrimack Valley.

This year’s FoodFest had 80 corporate sponsors, which also included Citizens Bank, Flatley Foundation, Granite Telecommunications, Jack Conway Realtor, and United Way of Greater Plymouth County.

Funds raised at FoodFest, which attracted 750 attendees last Tuesday, make up about 20% of the amount FBMS expects to raise this.

“This year’s FoodFest was another reminder that we belong to a wonderful community which goes above and beyond to help our neighbors most in need,” said FBMS President & CEO John Yazwinski. “We’re incredibly grateful to all of our corporate sponsors, our venue and media sponsors, the vendors, the in-kind auction donors, and the hundreds of individuals who attended the event to send a resounding message of compassion and hope.”

During the event, Yazwinski presented the agency’s Richard C. & Virginia A. Welch Dedicated Volunteer Award to the volunteers from Hingham Congregational Church, which has been supporting FBMS’ mission for three decades.

The event featured tastings from 40 of the South Shore’s most popular restaurants, bakeries, and beverage distributors. Attendees also were treated to a wine pull, live music, a chance raffle, and a silent auction.

Founded in the early 1980s by a group of interfaith and community leaders, FBMS today is a leading provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in southern Massachusetts, helping about 6,600 people annually who find themselves homeless, or at risk of homelessness, achieve self-sufficiency. FBMS has administrative offices in Quincy and Brockton and program offices across southern Massachusetts.

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