We are pleased to report that over 750 guests attended our 15th Gala on May 10th - and the event raised a record $1.2 Million to benefit Newton-Wellesley Hospital's Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Service! MANY thanks to all who supported this event!
The Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation’s 15th Annual Gala was held on:
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Westin Copley Place Boston
This year’s event will benefit Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s critically important Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Service.
The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 1 in 5 kids will experience a mental health problem before the age of 18, and about 25% of these children will experience a severe, persistent psychiatric illness. These illnesses are always treatable, frequently curable, and often preventable, but access to care, especially psychotherapy, is limited by poor insurance reimbursements and the lingering stigma of mental illness. This has led to a CRISIS in this country. Children and families are suffering – right here in our community.
Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Service was established in 2007 by then-NWH President, Dr. Michael Jellinek and has seen a tremendous increase in demand. Now under the leadership of Dr. Susan Swick, who holds the Michael S. Jellinek, MD Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry position, a highly skilled group of committed physicians, clinicians, and social workers provide evaluations, consultations and treatment, involving the entire family. Kids and families no longer need to suffer alone or in silence.
Our fundraising goal for the Gala is to raise $800,000, which will enable us to complete a $5 Million endowment to protect these services from budgetary pressures. Please join us – it will be a wonderful evening to bring the community together to help our kids spread their wings.
Chairs of the event are Sinesia and Bill Karol. The Committee includes: Joan Archer and Bob Merriam, Joan and Bob Barrett, Nancy and Mark Belsky, MD, Stephanie and Mark Blumenthal, MD, Tracey and John Cannistraro, Cindy Crofts-Wisch and Jeff Wisch, MD, Susan and Joseph D’Alton, MD, Michelle and Tim Foster, MD, Lisa and Al Hanmer, MD, Jennifer and Barnett Helzberg, Mary Jo and Brian Hogan, Kim Mai and Bob Berry, Rosie Reyes and Ed Mank, Margaret and Brian McNeill, Vana Melkonian, MD, Barbara Merrigan, Minou Palandjian, Maristela and John Rapo, Laura and Geoff Rehnert, Karen and Frank Segall, Laurie and Eric Slifka, Susan Swick, MD, and Rachel and Martin Zinny.
Festivities will begin promptly at 6:00 pm and will include cocktails and silent auction followed by dinner, a fabulous live auction, Fund-A-Need, a special appearance by Michelle Chamuel, finalist on “The Voice,” and dancing to the tunes of Boss.
This year’s Gala guests will use BidPal,® an interactive, wireless bidding device to place bids in our Silent Auction. With BidPal, you can bid anytime, from anywhere at the event. There will be no paper bid sheets for easier access to items — no more crowding! For more information on BidPal, please click here.
There will be a selection of fabulous items in our Silent Auction (including a Super Silent Auction area with extra-special items!) and Judith Ripka Bar, all of which will be open until 8:30 pm and Live Auction (during dinner). Check out our Auction Preview Guide so you can plan your bidding. Click here for additional information about our Live Auction.
Tables and Tickets
The event is now sold out, but if you are interested in reserving a table or purchasing tickets, please contact Maryann Zschau at 617-243-6712 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Donors of $1,200+ will be listed in the Gala Program Book. Deadline for inclusion in the Program Book was April 11, 2014 and the final RSVP deadline was April 25, 2014.
Program Book Sponsorship Opportunities
In addition to purchasing table/tickets and/or donating auction items, you can also sponsor a Listing in the event’s Program Book. With an expected attendance of 700-800 guests, you can be assured that your name or that of your organization will be seen by one of the largest fundraising event audiences in the Boston area. Listings are available at $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250, and $100 levels. Deadline for inclusion in the Program Book was April 11, 2014. For more information, please contact Maryann Zschau at 617-243-6712 or email@example.com.
Invitations were mailed out in late March. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send your name and address to NWHgala@partners.org.
Please join with us to Help our Kids Spread their Wings!