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Thank You for a Successful Gala!

Needham, MA

With over 350 attendees, the Building a Dream Gala on April 29th was amazing and truly inspirational.  The Charles River Center exceeded our goal and raised over $200,000--funds that will enable us to continue to provide the highest quality programs and services for those with developmental disabilities.

We were so pleased to present the Visionary Leadership Award to the deserving and entertaining Leo & Paul Vercollone of VERC Enterprises—who employ three Charles River individuals and have committed to hiring 20% of employees with developmental disabilities.

Peter Sabino, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his incredible work ethic, gave a heartwarming and humorous speech about the opportunities our Employment Services division has opened for him.

The Gala was dedicated to Maria McTernan, former Director of Development at The Charles River Center.  Maria worked tirelessly on previous galas and lay the groundwork for what has become our major fundraiser of the year.  She would have been proud of its success.

Thank you to our guests, honorees, donors, committee members and generous sponsors!


Bob's Discount Furniture
Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Kelly, Jr.
Harry Manion
Roche Bros./Sudbury Farms


Louise Condon Realty
Crowe & Mulvey, LLP
Peter Dedon and Tess Schmalbach
Manion Gaynor & Manning
US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management


Dedham Savings
Global Travel Advisors
Jessica and Jason Hung
Leiser Corporation
Needham Exchange Club
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group
Weaver & Associates Architects


Alexander Aronson & Finning
Countryside Estates, LLC
Crowe & Dunn, LLP
Martha Hackett
William and Liz Kelly
The Lafferty Family
The Lockhart Family
Needham Bank
The Norfolk & Dedham Group
USI Insurance Services, LLC


360 Corporate Benefit Advisors
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Needham
Coldwell Banker
Debbi and Michael Coran
Law Offices of Cox and Cox
Deborah Donovan
ePay Business Solutions
Governo Law Firm, LLC
John and Kathy Grugan
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Silver Fox Coaches

We also appreciate the generosity of our Friends, Supporters, and the many donors to our live and silent auction and the Wine & Spirit Grab.