On March 4, after learning that 2.5 million children in the United States are homeless, we set a goal of raising $50,000 for the Boston-based non-profit Horizons for Homeless Children.
On May 28, with the help of friends, family members, and colleagues, we raised almost $55,000 during the “Robin Hood and Horizons for Homeless” fundraiser at Alibi Bar and Lounge. That night, we were in the presence of real superheroes— those who could (and did) go above and beyond to bring about positive change to the lives of others—no matter the cost. Despite demanding schedules, personal commitments, and cumbersome Boston traffic, there was a turnout of over 200 people.
These superheroes were treated to an unreal raw bar fashioned by Row 34, an eye-catching pig roasted up by Lincoln Tavern, and an array of adult “pick your poison” snow cones. They then competed in a live auction hosted by famed Nantucket and Aspen bar owner Ian Perry, rocking a sweet Robin Hood costume. That’s right, tights and all:
The impressive collection of auction items included trips to Hawaii, Aspen, Stowe, and Nantucket; as well as art sessions, yacht charters, wellness programs, sports tickets, autographed memorabilia, and even a photo opportunity with the mayor!
Horizons for Homeless Children runs a food program throughout the year that provides breakfast, lunch, and one snack daily. It costs less than $4.25 per day per child—an amount that some people spend on their morning coffee alone! With the money we raised, Horizons will now be able to feed 50 children for a full year. INCREDIBLE.
If it weren’t for that one tweet from Startup Institute CEO Diane Hessan, none of this would have taken place. It goes to show that there are many ways to make this world a better place, and it doesn’t take much, especially if you hold the cause near and dear to your heart. I urge everyone to go out and do some social good. If you believe in the cause and involve great people, everyone will rally to help. Communities need each other. That day we all stood as one!
For more information on how you can help Horizons for Homeless Children please visit: http://www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org/
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