"Strengthening Our Community" 2018 an Unprecedented Success for CASPAR!
The Marriott Courtyard Cambridge played host to nearly 200 CASPAR supporters on April 12, as the agency welcomed old friends and new to our 2018 "Strengthening Our Community" event. The evening celebrating the life-saving work done by CASPAR programs--as well as the brave and inspiring individuals who have received or are currently receiving services from us--was a resounding success, raising more than $175,000 to support our work on the frontlines of the opioid crisis.
The event brought together civic, community and business leaders from throughout Cambridge and Somerville, longtime supporters and brand-new friends, advocates for men and women battling addiction and/or homelessness, employees of CASPAR and Bay Cove Human Services and others to honor those we serve, those who serve them, and the generous supporters who help make the work we do possible. In the process, “Strengthening Our Community” 2018 became the most successful fundraiser in our agency’s history!
At the event, Tom Andrews and the team at Alexandria Real Estate Equities were honored with The Carl F. Barron Catalyst For Change Award, for their longstanding support of CASPAR, their commitment to creating positive change in their community, and their work behind-the-scenes to help homeless neighbors in Cambridge. The award—named for a longtime supporter of CASPAR's work and presented this year by Carl’s son, Ken Barron—is given each year to recognize important individuals who have made a positive and lasting impact in the communities of Cambridge and/or Somerville. Guests also enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvres and a live auction—led this year by event co-chairs Jeff Lockwood, Global Head of Communications at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, and Sarah Gallop, Co-Director of MIT's Office of Government and Community Relations.
All of us at CASPAR offer our deepest thanks to all our guests and generous donors, with particular gratitude to our wonderful event sponsors. Kudos also to our hosts, the Marriott Courtyard Cambridge; our dedicated staff of volunteers who helped make the event shine; and our Director of Development, Julia W. Londergan, for all her fantastic efforts in making this an amazing evening for CASPAR!
Please visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event. Thank you so much for your continued support of CASPAR, and we hope we'll see you at "Strengthening Our Community" 2019!