It was a record-breaking fundraising evening for Road to Responsibility’s 34th annual “Making Lives Better – Better Together” Gala, held in-person for the first time since 2019 on Sept. 15, at Granite Links in Quincy, as the organization raised more than $400,000.
Road to Responsibility (http://roadtoresponsibility.org), of Marshfield, is one of the region’s largest nonprofit organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This year’s mission-driven event was attended by more than 250 business and civic leaders, community members and friends and supporters of RTR. Features of the evening included live music from the Evan Goodrow Band, a champagne wall sponsored by Hingham Jewelers, a Plinko-inspired game, mobile bidding auction, and dinner as well as a dessert buffet, coffee and dancing. Candy O’Terry, a radio broadcaster, podcaster, singer, songwriter, and speaker coach, emceed the event.
Additionally, a video program, “Ben & Andrew – The Influence of Trust,” highlighted the special relationship between an RTR client and caregiver, and demonstrated how the organization has made an incredibly positive impact on the individual and his family. RTR staff was celebrated throughout the evening for the tremendously caring and compassionate work they provide on a daily basis. The video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/adssZLJCIEc or on the RTR website.
This gala theme – “Better Together” – is a spin on previous years’ theme of “Making Lives Better,” combined with an acknowledgement of being back in person together for the first time in three years.
Sponsors for the gala included Xerox Business Solutions, Apothecare, VHS Transportation/Patriot Investment Corp. and The Parsons & Benoit Family.
“The feeling of joy at seeing everyone come together and support our organization cannot be overstated,” said Chris White, CEO of Road to Responsibility. “The last few years have tested all of us, but still we have much to be thankful for. We are especially humbled and so very grateful to everyone for this outpouring of incredible generosity – this support will make such a positive impact on so many people’s lives.”
Donations are still being accepted; checks can be mailed to 1831 Ocean Street in Marshfield or made online via credit card at https://roadtoresponsibility.ejoinme.org/Register2022