Finally, the moment we've been waiting for! The Boston GLOW Leadership Team could not be more thrilled to share with our supporters the incredible outcome of this year's IGNITEtheNITE fundraiser on February 28. Though checks are still coming in, we can now confidently say that the event raised over $50,000 for scholarship funds and programming for the finalists of the IGNITE Change 2013 Leadership Contest.
We could not have reached this number without the tireless work of our 40+ volunteer team, the $20,000+ of in-kind donations from local and national businesses and the generosity of our support network. The success of IGNITEtheNITE every year can be attributed not to large-scale grants or private donations from a single wealthy benefactor. Rather, it is an accumulation of each and every contribution of time, goods, services and financial support, large and small, from the Boston community and beyond.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Boston GLOW Shines Once Again
Local Grassroots Nonprofit Raises $50,000 in Scholarship Funds
at Third Annual IGNITE the NITE
March 14, 2013 – BOSTON, MA: On February 28, 2013, Boston GLOW, a local grassroots nonprofit aimed at empowering and educating women leaders of all ages, hosted their third annual IGNITE the NITE Fundraiser at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter in Boston. The event drew 300 guests and raised over $50,000 for the finalists of the IGNITE Change Leadership Contest, an essay-based competition for high-school aged women in Boston's most under-resourced schools in its most at-risk communities in Roxbury, Dorchester, Somerville and Cambridge.
“We asked entrants to put forth an actionable plan for change in the role of women within their school or city,” explained AC Gaughen, GLOW’s Girl Leadership Director. “We chose ten finalists based on both their idea and their proposed implementation. All finalists will receive tablet computers, educational scholarships and participate in a year-long leadership and educational development curriculum through Boston GLOW. One grand prize winner will also receive $1,000 to make her plan a reality with the support of our Organized Women network.”
Just entering their fourth year, Boston GLOW is entirely volunteer-run, yet this grassroots group has made an inarguable impact on the community. “In the past two years our finalists have included three former high school drop-outs all of whom have received their diplomas or GEDs, five young women ESL immigrants, and two teenage mothers who have both continued on to higher education and vocational training through the support of Boston GLOW," explained Founder and President Leah Moschella. “We work with students year-round to support them academically, emotionally and financially.”
Rising political star and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley gave a keynote speech, interviewing Zacorah Jackman, a 2012 IGNITE Change Finalist and endorsing the work of Boston GLOW. Pressley also shared with the audience the news of her partnership with the organization. “I was first introduced to the incredible women and work of GLOW one year ago," said Pressley, “I attended IGNITE the NITE last year and am thrilled to join them again this year, and excited to officially announce my community service collaboration with GLOW". The collaboration will begin with a city-wide prom dress drive in the spring.
Second year corporate sponsor Hill Holliday, Boston's largest advertising firm, was joined by national and local sponsors ranging from Bethesda-based Meridian Investments to local small businesses like New England Country Rentals and Party by Design who offered event decor to premiere Boston caterers Season to Taste, Rita’s, Broadway Gourmet and Cuisine Chez Vous who donated small plates. Floral design came from Cedar Grove Gardens and Tangerine Creations, drinks from Tito’s Vodka, Bantam Cider, Harpoon, Gordon’s Liquors and The Catered Affair. Boston-based rock band City of Squares played to a loyal crowd for their third year at IGNITE the NITE and later on, Nora Jordan of DJour Entertainment took to the turn tables and ushered in a memorable dance party.
“Again this year we had overwhelming support from the community,” explained Emily Copeman, GLOW Development Director. “We had forty volunteers planning the event and over 100 community donors. We couldn't have created an experience that reflected the colorful spirit of Boston GLOW without the individuals and businesses who generously donated their time, labor and product because they believe in our mission.”
The event’s silent auction was a focal point with over sixty packages ranging from hot air balloon rides and sailing lessons in the British Virgin Islands to a tour of Good Morning America with Robin Roberts. Hotel stays, original artwork, career coaching, dining and shopping experiences also drew major donations to Boston GLOW’s cause.
“It’s really incredible to reflect on how far we have come in four years,” remarked Jenna Paone, Director of Organized Women programming. “Just three years ago we were hosting a tiny event for our parents and friends in a photo studio, now we are raising tens of thousands of dollars and have a network that is expanding by the day. It’s been an incredible journey – and this is still only the beginning for us.”
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