100th Anniversary Gala Summary

Thank you thank you thank you!!!  


On November 7th, 2018, a diverse crowd of nearly 400 celebrated the East Boston Social Centers Centennial in style at historic Suffolk Downs.

In attendance were people and families who have led and participated in Social Centers programming for lifetimes and generations and people learning about the Social Centers for the first time, government leaders from across the city and across the Commonwealth, business leaders from a diverse array of sectors, and all of our supporters.
We premiered this exciting video about our history and impact. Please click on video preview below:

 
  Emcee Cheryl Fiandaca guided us through the evening, and led us in expressing appreciation. Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered heartfelt remarks about the impact of this organization and the strong collaboration we enjoy with the city of Boston.

Emcee Cheryl Fiandaca guided us through the evening, and led us in expressing appreciation. Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered heartfelt remarks about the impact of this organization and the strong collaboration we enjoy with the city of Boston.

  We began the evening cruising through the decades, seeing 6 unique antique cars, talking with our Living Legend storytellers, and enjoying delicious local food from some of the best restaurants and caterers in East Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

We began the evening cruising through the decades, seeing 6 unique antique cars, talking with our Living Legend storytellers, and enjoying delicious local food from some of the best restaurants and caterers in East Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

  Our newly re-elected Governor Charlie Baker spoke of the state’s support for many of our programs and introduced our inaugural Community Activist Award recipient: Robert Lewis, Jr. Robert spoke of this organization that raised him.

Our newly re-elected Governor Charlie Baker spoke of the state’s support for many of our programs and introduced our inaugural Community Activist Award recipient: Robert Lewis, Jr. Robert spoke of this organization that raised him.

  Our Executive Director Justin Pasquariello reiterated our thanks, spoke of the way that East Boston and the Social Centers always remain in people’s hearts, and talked about our vision for building a more joyful future and ensuring all children enter Kindergarten ready to learn. As a first step toward that more joyful future, we had the World Premiere of our Joyful Eastie app for our guests (with thanks to mybliss, Inc.). If you weren’t there, find a friend who was—because those who received access to the app are able to invite others to join.

Our Executive Director Justin Pasquariello reiterated our thanks, spoke of the way that East Boston and the Social Centers always remain in people’s hearts, and talked about our vision for building a more joyful future and ensuring all children enter Kindergarten ready to learn. As a first step toward that more joyful future, we had the World Premiere of our Joyful Eastie app for our guests (with thanks to mybliss, Inc.).
If you weren’t there, find a friend who was—because those who received access to the app are able to invite others to join.

  Our Early Learning Enrollment Coordinator, Carmen Oliva, partnered with Yeny Zelaya to share Yeny’s powerful story. Yeny immigrated from El Salvador at age 18. She found the Social Centers when her daughter was six years old and spoke no English. With the help of her school and the Social Centers, Yeny’s eldest daughter rapidly learned English. Now her two oldest children participate in our school age program and her youngest is in our preschool. Yeny spoke of our caring staff, the support they provide that teaches her children to find their own answers, and the social skills her children have gained. When Yeny’s husband developed end stage kidney disease, Yeny was left to support her entire family with her McDonald’s managerial salary. Last Christmas, this meant she didn’t know where her gifts would come from. Fortunately, Steve from Sammy Carlo’s Catering, and his family, wanted to do something special for a family for Christmas; the Social Centers team instantly thought of Yeny’s family—and so, her children all had the gifts they were hoping for.

Our Early Learning Enrollment Coordinator, Carmen Oliva, partnered with Yeny Zelaya to share Yeny’s powerful story. Yeny immigrated from El Salvador at age 18. She found the Social Centers when her daughter was six years old and spoke no English. With the help of her school and the Social Centers, Yeny’s eldest daughter rapidly learned English. Now her two oldest children participate in our school age program and her youngest is in our preschool. Yeny spoke of our caring staff, the support they provide that teaches her children to find their own answers, and the social skills her children have gained. When Yeny’s husband developed end stage kidney disease, Yeny was left to support her entire family with her McDonald’s managerial salary. Last Christmas, this meant she didn’t know where her gifts would come from. Fortunately, Steve from Sammy Carlo’s Catering, and his family, wanted to do something special for a family for Christmas; the Social Centers team instantly thought of Yeny’s family—and so, her children all had the gifts they were hoping for.

  Finally, former Senate President Robert E. Travaglini “Trav” shared with our audience that the Social Centers had raised $450,000 in cash and programmatic in-kind donations coming into the evening. He led a fun, lively auction to help us toward raising the $500,000 needed to make critical investments in programs, the buildings where they take place, and the staff who make it happen. We are still tallying our total raised and you can contribute to this event until we close the books on it Monday, November 11th.

Finally, former Senate President Robert E. Travaglini “Trav” shared with our audience that the Social Centers had raised $450,000 in cash and programmatic in-kind donations coming into the evening. He led a fun, lively auction to help us toward raising the $500,000 needed to make critical investments in programs, the buildings where they take place, and the staff who make it happen. We are still tallying our total raised and you can contribute to this event until we close the books on it Monday, November 11th.