The Gala is a major aspect of the fundraising efforts at Devereux Massachusetts & Rhode Island. The net proceeds of the gala, like all donations we receive, are used to support the specialized and individualized needs of our young people who face tremendous emotional, behavioral and learning challenges. The cost of care is significant and is not fully covered by the state and other agencies. And, few of our families have the ability to pay for our services. The Gala also provides us with an opportunity to educate members of the community about the work we are doing and ways in which they can help us make a difference in young lives. It enables individuals and organizations to help sustain this important community resource.
We provide our guests with a premier, exciting and fun event and our sponsors are afforded significant visibility across many sectors of the community. They respond with amazing generosity. Since 2009, the Gala has generated over $1,568,000 in support. In 2016 overall support exceeded $305,000, representing a 26% increase over the prior three-year average (all very good years). Despite offering a high end event with enhancements each year, we carefully manage expenses for the event and have an extraordinarily low ratio of cost to revenues. Support for the Gala has enabled us to enhance all of Devereux’s on-campus and community-based programs and services, and it has increased our ability to respond to changing and emerging needs. Funds are used to directly benefit our kids and have included the following: