Victory Programs Annual Dinner Raises $140K, Sets New Record
Victory Programs said its 28th Annual Dinnerfest Red Party + Auction, held last Sunday, raised 3.2% more than last year's event, which was a record amount raised to that point through the event, raising 12% over the 2016 event.
Funds will support services for the 2,500 individuals who turn to Victory Programs each year for help recovering from substance addiction, overcoming homelessness, and/or managing chronic illness like HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C.
Were extremely grateful to our generous sponsors and guests, and our wonderful volunteers, for yet another record-breaking Dinnerfest RED Party + Auction, said Marc Davino, Victory Programs vice president of development and communications For the first time in the last 10 years, we sold each and every one of our auction items, many over value. The new venue City Winery | Boston added to the excitement, and guests really enjoyed the Party Board and Balloon Pop, both new this year.
Prior to the event, Victory Programs had raised $61,375 toward the event goal, including a record $42,500 from corporate sponsors and a record $11,630 in revenue from ticket sales in part due to an increase in price and the addition of VIP tickets with extra benefits at a higher price point.
During the event the silent auction and Fund-A-Victory, kicked off with Victory Programs client Alan B. sharing his moving story about his journey from a Taunton jail cell to his own apartment through successful recovery, each set new records at $21,765 and $30,200 respectively.
More than 250 people attended the afternoon event, who bid on more than 100 silent auction prizes. Featured at the live auction was a chance to go behind the scenes at top Boston Restaurants with food writer Scott Kearnan and a dinner for six at South End Buttery.
Established in 1975, Victory Programs today operates 17 programs in Boston, Cambridge, and Topsfield that provide health, housing, and prevention programs and recovery services. Last year, the organization opened New Joelyn's Home, a 24-bed women's residential recovery program on the Roxbury/Dorchester line.