Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield’s 50th Anniversary Gala a Huge Success

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield celebrated 50 years of building great futures at the Bill Chetwynd Memorial Gala.

On August 4th, the premier annual fundraising event of Greater Boston brought together 500+ for an evening that celebrated the past and looked towards the future. The event which took place at the Danversport Yacht Club was attended by a variety of supporters including community members, businesses, club alumni, and more. The evening featured moving testimonials from club members, the honoring of longstanding club supporters, a raffle and auctions to fund future programs, and the reveal of future plans for the clubs. 

The event honored one of the Boys & Girls Club’s most dedicated supporters, Marc Trachtenberg.  The tech entrepreneur and Chairman & CEO of Silk Title Co. inspired the hall with his passionate speech which received multiple ovations. He shared his own inspirational story and connected that to the mission of the Clubs.

During the event, a long standing supporter, Su Mansur was awarded the Cameron Bain lifetime achievement award for her years of invaluable support for the clubs. From music education to water safety training, Susan’s efforts have empowered the organization to launch enriching youth development programs that help members and their families thrive. 

While the evening also featured special messages from former New England Patriot Devin McCourty,  Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Minority Whip of the United States House of Representatives, and Congressman Seth Moulton, the real stars of the show were the club members who shared their moving testimonials. 

The next testimonial was shared by Damon and Mia Kruppa from INspire Cafe. A few months ago, nearly 30 people were left unemployed and emotionally devastated when a local cafe that focused on providing meaningful work opportunities to adults of all ability levels closed. Determined to recreate an inclusive and empowering space, employees and their families joined forces with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield. 

The night emphasized the success of the past 50 years while looking towards the future. Some of the exciting future plans that were shared at the event include the club’s expansion into the Melrose and Saugus communities, the new partnership with INspire Cafe, and the plans for building the new Stoneham Club building. To stay in the loop with updates regarding these projects, follow the clubs on social media! 

Special thanks to Wakefield Community Access TV for all their hard work!

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