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United South End Settlements’ Annual Gala Raises $425,000

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United South End Settlements’ Annual Gala Raises $425,000
--an anonymous donor generously matched each dollar raised at the Gala--

Last night (Thursday, May 17), one of Boston’s longstanding nonprofit organizations, United South End Settlements (USES), held its popular annual fundraiser, The Neighborhood Gala. The event raised $425,000, which includes a matching gift from an anonymous donor.

“We have a wonderfully diverse, supportive community in and around the South End. By coming together, we can really make a difference. Our work not only provides a range of programs for children and parents, but also builds social networks that help families stabilize, become more resilient, and thrive.” – USES President and CEO Maicharia Weir Lytle

The gala generates critical revenue for USES to continue its work, offering programs that holistically support low-income families in the South End and surrounding communities in achieving economic mobility. USES programs range from early childhood education, after school programming, and Camp Hale summer camp in New Hampshire for youth, to job training and placement with one-on-one coaching for parents and caregivers.

“I’m grateful for everyone who came out to celebrate USES and the work that we do to support children and their families in the incredible community of Boston. This event brings friends and neighbors together and reminds us of the transformative impact we can have in each other’s lives.” – USES Board of Directors Chair Julia Johannsen

The event was co-chaired by South End residents Jacqueline and Graig Fantuzzi, and Anabelle and Atle Skalleberg, and Jamaica Plain residents Patrick Planeta and Santiago Varela.

More than 400 guests attended this year’s sold out Gala, including actor Malachi Weir (Billions), Massachusetts State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, and Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn. Guests gathered at SoWa Power Station to enjoy delicious food and cocktails from the South End’s top restaurants and purveyors, including Above and Beyond Catering, Area Four, Blackbird Doughnuts, El Centro, Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen, Flour Bakery + Café, Fuji at Ink Block, Gaslight Brasserie, Haley House Bakery Café, House of Siam, Mela Indian Cuisine, Orinoco, The Parish Café, Petit Robert Bistro, The Salty Pig, Horizon Beverage Company, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Boston Beer Company, and dance the night away to beats from DJ Jeff.

“We’re thrilled with the results of the event. Tonight’s success speaks to USES’s longtime commitment to building and engaging diverse networks in our programs and in our vision to break the cycle of poverty for children and families.” – USES Vice President of Development Nikki Stewart

To see how USES has made a lasting impact on families in its community, click here.

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