Building a Dream Gala

Our annual Building a Dream Gala raises funds allowing us to continue to provide the highest-quality programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Each year we present the Leadership Award to either an individual or business that demonstrates a commitment to individuals with developmental disabilities and the Charles River Center. Additionally, we recognize a Charles River individual with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Numerous community businesses sponsor the event and approximately 400 individuals attend.

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2023 event.  It was an inspiring evening and a smashing success!

We were thrilled to celebrate our honorees: Maria McTernan Leadership Award winners, Peter Dedon and Tess Schmalbach, and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jen Cedrone.  Many thanks to our emcee and auctioneer, Mike Riley, and to all attendees, sponsors, donors, volunteers and staff for creating an altogether wonderful night with many memorable highlights!

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Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors

2023 Photo Gallery