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Old Colony YMCA raises more than half a million dollars at 3rd Annual Rise Up Gala

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

The event was hosted by KISS 108’s Billy Costa, and raised funds will support critical community programs. Rockland Trust CEO and Director Christopher Oddleifson and L. Knife and Son were honored.

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OCTOBER 26 - Old Colony YMCA (OCY), a nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Brockton and serving 31 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts, raised more than $500,000 on Saturday night at its 3rd Annual Rise Up Gala. The amount was the highest of any single event in the organization’s history.

Held at the Quincy Marriott, the gala welcomed 400 guests and more than 80 sponsors. Proceeds will help the Y provide services for children and families throughout the region regardless of their life or financial circumstances.

As a part of his remarks, Old Colony Y’s President and CEO Vinnie Marturano introduced the crowd to the concept of change-makers, which was also the theme of the evening. “It refers to any individual that wants to create positive change in their community. I have the privilege of seeing change-makers in action every day.”

Billy Costa of KISS 108’s Matty in the Morning Show and WGBH – a “Y kid” himself – was emcee and auctioneer for the evening, guiding guests through a slate of speakers and video presentations that underscored the mission and values of the organization.

Julian Rosa, a young man engaged with Y services throughout his life, gave a moving testimonial about how the YMCA gave him “everlasting hope and love” after the tragic loss of his mother when he was 17. After his speech, he remained on stage to help Costa conduct the “fund-a-need” portion of the program, which asks donors to support specific services ranging from shelter to summer camp.

The night’s honorees were CEO and Director of Rockland Trust Christopher Oddleifson, who took home the Leadership Award, and L. Knife and Son, who took home the Call to Action Award. Marturano recognized both honorees as “change-makers and models of service and philanthropy.”

The gala brought together more than 80 sponsors for the evening, including leadership support by L. Knife and Son, Inc., Rockland Trust Company, Carol and Chuck Dockendorff, Hologic, Inc., The Behman Group – Merril Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group, Boston Beer Company, HarborOne Bank, Barbara Hassan, Florence Electric and Kaydon Group, LLC, Meela Family Foundation, North Easton Savings Bank, Sandler O’Neill & Partners, LP and Mary Ann Callahan, Suffolk Cares Charitable Foundation, Sysco Boston LLC, John Twohig and Susan Nicastro, W.B. Mason, and Wendell Family Fund.