Victory Programs Dinner Raises Nearly $150K, Setting Record
Nearly 700 guests and 250 volunteers attended the annual Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner, held last week at the Hynes Convention Center, which will benefit the Boston Living Center, a nonprofit community and resource center for people living with HIV/AIDS located in Bostons Back Bay, which merged with Victory Programs last year.
The dinner, which helps the organization reach about 10% of its annual fundraising goal, is unique in that it is a fundraising event, but free to all guests people living with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones.
Last years event drew a similar number of attendees and raised $122,000, which was a record. Victory Programs sought to raise $125,000 this year.
Marc Davino, Victory Programs senior director of development and communications, said, There were a number of reasons we exceeded the goalby nearly $25,000 this yearespecially due to our dedicated volunteer pool who brought in more than $47,000 through our Thanksgiving is People Serving Program [TIPS]. We were also fortunate to have greater participation from our corporate sponsors.
More than 100 volunteers participating in the TIPS program, asked friends, family, and colleagues to contribute to their evening of serving where they waited tables and served a full Thanksgiving meal to guests.
Corporate sponsorships by Partners HealthCare, Walgreens, Macys, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Eastern Bank, Fenway Health and several others brought in more than $45,000 in contributions.
The 2013 Celebration of Life included a recognition of Mayor Thomas M. Meninos career-long support of HIV/AIDS programs and services, at which Victory Programs that it renamed its ReVision Urban Farms greenhouse the Thomas M. Menino Greenhouse. The 2013 World Series Trophy was also displayed at the event.
This room is the true spirit of the holiday season, Menino told crowd. The spirit of sharing, companionship and giving thanks. Thats what its all about, folks. Programs like this are the ones that give me energy, give me enthusiasm. Seeing so many folks who volunteered, that tells you something. Theres giving, theres compassion in the city of Boston.
Established in 1975, Victory Programs now helps more than 2,600 individuals and families operates annually through 17 health and housing programs in Boston and Cambridge.