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Old Colony YMCA Raises over $450,000 at 1st Annual Rise Up Gala

Monday, November 13th, 2017

The event raised funds to support social service and family strengthening programs at the Y, and honored Sysco Boston with the first ever Call to Action Award.

Old Colony YMCA (OCY), a nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Brockton and serving 31 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts, raised over $450,000 on Saturday night at its 1st Annual Rise Up Gala in support of social services and family programs.

The event, which was held at Boston Marriott – Quincy, welcomed 400 guests and more than 60 sponsors. Proceeds will help the Y provide services for children and families at all seven of their branches and a multitude of other facilities and programs throughout the region.

“We were thrilled to see so many people come out to support our mission tonight. We take immense pride in the human service programs we are able to offer the community, and this event was a great way to recognize that work and continue to share our story,” said Vinnie Marturano, President & CEO.

The night began with a moving rendition of Andra Day’s Rise Up, performed by Carla Ribeiro, a street outreach worker at the Y, and two young YMCA program participants, ages nine and ten.

David Wade of WBZ-TV/CBS Boston was emcee for the evening, guiding guests through a slate of speakers and video presentations that underscored the mission and values of the organization.

The Chair of this year’s Gala committee, Eli Florence of Florence Electric, said the event far exceeded initial expectations.

“I was lucky to be able to work with such amazing committee members and YMCA employees, all of whom have such dedication to the Y and its mission. It was great to see everyone – the donors, volunteers, and staff – step up make this evening a special one. Needless to say, we can’t wait until next year.”

KISS 108’s Lisa Donovan served as auctioneer for the evening, and introduced several Fund-A-Need opportunities for guests to make an immediate contribution to specific programs or projects.

One of those programs focused on providing supportive housing and services for families experiencing homelessness. Iraimi Diatta, a former resident of the Y’s Family Life Center in Brockton, spoke about her journey. As she fought back tears, Diatta told the audience that she was a shining example of a “return on human investment” – an investment the room was eager to make.

To conclude the program, Marturano presented the inaugural Call to Action Award to Sysco Boston. They were recognized for their hunger relief and food preservation efforts throughout the community, as well as nearly two decades of support to Old Colony YMCA.

The gala brought together more than 60 sponsors for the evening, including leadership support by Hologic, Inc., Merrill Lynch, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Boston Scientific, Chuck and Carol Dockendorff, HarborOne Bank, Barbara Hassan, Attorney Susan Nicastro and Attorney John Twohig, North Easton Savings Bank, Suffolk Cares Charitable Foundation, and Call to Action awardee Sysco Boston.