Victory Programs Annual Event Raises $165K to Set a Record
Victory Programs said the Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner, held Nov. 25 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, which raised funds to benefit its Boston Living Center (BLC), attracted more than 700 attendees, five percent more than last year.
The increase in attendance can be attributed in part to the celebration of the Centers 25th anniversary celebration and the presentation of the Peter Daniel Clark Award for advocacy and dedication to those living with HIV/AIDS to the BLCs membership, past and present., the organization said.
This years Celebration of Life not only was a wonderful event for the HIV/AIDS community of greater Boston, but it also honored 25 years of Victory Programs Boston Living Center, said Marc Davino, Victory Programs senior director of development and communications.
He added, We were able to exceed our budget as the 25th anniversary resonated with many corporate partners, and individual donors. We tied the anniversary into several new fundraising approaches, including the establishment of the Here Until the End Fund for our HIV/AIDS programming.
We also honored 57 individuals as Shining Stars of the Boston Living Center key people who have made a significant impact on the Center in some way over the years. Many of our Shining Stars contributed generously to this special anniversary event.
In addition to sponsorships from Partners HealthCare, Walgreens, Macys, Eastern Bank and many others, volunteer servers played a key role in raising funds for the event. The servers raise tips in the form of donations from their friends, family, and networks,.
Special guests at the event included David Brown, director of advancement at the Forsyth Institute; Eliot Tatelman, Jordans Furniture president and CEO; Massachusetts State Representatives Jay Livingstone and Liz Malia; Dawn Fukuda, director of the Office of HIV/AIDS at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; and Ray Magliozzi and Doug Berman of NPRs Car Talk.
The BLC, located on Stanhope Street, which merged with Victory Programs in 2012, is a nonprofit community and resource center that fosters the wellness of all HIV positive people and responds to the changing needs of the HIV/AIDS community. Through peer leadership and support, the BLC strives to enhance and enrich the lives of its members by providing education, treatment information, and support services with the goal of empowering members to live productive lives and participate within their families and communities.
Since its 1975 launch, Victory Programs has expanded to 19 health and housing programs in Boston, Cambridge, and Topsfield, helping more than 2,600 homeless individuals and families every year.