Devereux Gala & Auction
April 7, 2017 6:00pm
MECHANICS HALL 321 MAIN ST, WORCESTER, MA

About the Gala



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.


Impact of the Gala


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:

  • Support for initiatives that help our young people transition from institutionalized care back to their home communities and promising futures.
  • Providing our talented and dedicated teachers with the tools to help students with different learning styles and needs.
  • Creating new classroom space to meet growing demand for our special needs school; renovations to existing classrooms to reflect best practices.
  • Constructing a new Science Classroom with technology-based and hands-on learning opportunities.
  • SmartBoards for our classrooms, student IPads, and mobile computer labs that provide better capability to integrate the visual, tactile and cognitive aspects of learning critical to individual student needs.
  • Anticipated expansion of our library with additional resources.
  • One-on-one and small group tutoring space.
  • Expressive Arts emphasizing theater, music and art – a learning environment that encourages creativity, communication, team building, personal responsibility, and self-confidence.
  • New elements for our ROPES/Challenge course, new equipment for our Recreation Center.
  • Expanded experiential learning opportunities including extended field trips to Washington, DC and other venues.

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Devereux Massachusetts & Rhode Island 2017 Advisory Board Members


Anthony Berry

Linda Birkhaeuser

David Butler

Joel Chery, CSNA

Kimberly Ferguson

Pam Fitzgerald

Michael Goeller

Jumi Hayaki

Kim Kennedy

Ted Kolota

Michael G. Myers

David H. Oriol

Alec F. Peck, PhD

Sharon Peterson Vice Chair

Kimberly Stone

Rich Suitum

Kellie Thibodeau

David Wall

Gayle Flanders Weiss, Chair

Tracy Wells

Leston Welsh



Devereux Massachusetts & Rhode Island 2016 Advisory Board Members


DAVID BUTLER

JOEL CHERY

BENJAMIN DUSZLAK

GWEN EATON

KIMBERLY FERGUSON

PAM FITZGERALD

MICHAEL GOELLER

JUMI HAYAKI

KRISTEN CONTE HENDERSON – GALA CHAIR

KIM KENNEDY

TED KOLOTA

MARIAN MCGOVERN

MICHAEL G. MYERS

DAVID H ORIOL

ALEC F PECK, PhD

SHARON PETERSON – VICE CHAIR

KIMBERLY STONE

SETH WELCOM

RICH SUITUM

KELLIE THIBODEAU

DAVID WALL

GAYLE FLANDERS WEISS, CHAIR

ALEX ZEQUEIRA



Devereux Massachusetts 2015 Advisory Board Members


Joel Chery

Benjamin Duszlak

Gwen Eaton

Kimberly Ferguson

Pam Fitzgerald

Kristen Conte Henderson - Chair

Ted Kolota

Marian McGovern

Michael G. Myers

Michael Mudd

David H. Oriol

Alec F. Peck, PhD

Sharon Peterson - 2nd Vice Chair

Carol Southworth

Rich Suitum

Kellie Thibodeau

David Wall

Gayle Flanders Weiss - 1st Vice Chair

Seth A. Welcom

Alex Zequeira





2014 Advisory Board Member List


Joel Chery

Benjamin Duszlak

Gwen Eaton

Kimberly Ferguson

Pam Fitzgerald

Andrew Futterman, PhD

Kristen Conte Henderson - Chair

Calvin R. Hill, PhD

Lance Lazar, PhD

John Lian

Michael Mudd

David H. Oriol

Alec F. Peck, PhD

Sharon Peterson

Carol Southworth

Rich Suitum

Kellie Thibodeau

David Wall

Gayle Flanders Weiss - 2nd Vice Chair

Seth A. Welcom

Philip Wettengel - 1st Vice Chair



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