Close to 200 guests gathered at the Marriott Courtyard Cambridge on March 23 for “Strengthening Our Community” a wonderful evening celebrating the life-saving work done by CASPAR, as well as the brave individuals who've received services through our programs. 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.
At the event, Cambridge residents Eric and Lori Lander and Family 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 communities, and their unwavering efforts to help the most vulnerable residents of Cambridge and Somerville The award—named for a longtime supporter of CASPAR's work—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 a reception and a live auction—led this year by event chair 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.
We’re delighted to report that between auction proceeds, ticket sales and sponsorship donations, this year’s “Strengthening Our Community” fundraiser raised more than $150,000, making it CASPAR’s most successful to date!
All of us at CASPAR offer our deepest thanks to all our guests and generous donors, with particular gratitude to our wonderful event sponsors (Please check out our Supporters page for a complete list!). Kudos also to our hosts, the Marriott Courtyard Cambridge; our dedicated staff of volunteers who helped make the event shine; and the event’s organizer--CASPAR’s Director of Development, Julia W. Londergan —for a truly amazing job!
In the coming weeks, check out our Facebook page for photos from the event. Thank you for your continued support, and we hope we'll see you at "Strengthening Our Community" 2018!