On Friday, November 14, 2014, over 400 Boston-based philanthropists came together at the Cruiseport to fundraise for Room to Grow, a community organization that provides crucial supplies and support for babies born in poverty in Boston and New York.
Supporting over 400 babies in need, the evening sought to raise over $450,00 for the cause. The organization aims to provide $10,000 worth of crucial supplies, including books and toys in addition to practical daily living items over the span of three years in the program for each child, so the fundraising efforts of the gala are especially important to the cause.
Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail hour with appetizers and custom libations as they perused loads of great silent auction items as the scene was set with live jazz music by Berklee Global Jazz Institute and the R&B tunes of Lou Bello.
The well-attended dinner program began with Room to Grow’s Executive director Robyn Carter and founder Julie Burns welcoming guests, while slightly delayed actress and board member Uma Thurman arrived to laude the organization and their mission. Additional support from special guest and hockey legend Ray Bourque speaks to the reach of the organization and the community support for the important work they are doing.
Dontashia Smith, a mother who was helped by Room to Grow’s program and went above and beyond to ensure the future of her son was honored by the organization, and her experience was truly touching and testament to the importance of the funds being raised.
If you are looking to rub elbows with celebrities while fundraising for a great cause, you should definitely add the annual Room to Grow Gala to your social calendar for next year. Hopefully Uma will make another appearance and spend some more time in Beantown!
Photos by Leo Gozbekian and by Socially Superlative