Record $175,000 raised at Boys & Girls Club's annual gala


Region – On Oct. 24, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest held the 2013 Bids for Kids Auction & Gala at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel. Guests, sponsors, and honorees attended and participated in an extensive silent auction and raffle, as well as the Fund a Need portion of the evening, helping to raise a record $175,000 to benefit the quality out-of-school programs offered by the organization.

Celebrity emcee Paul Burton of WBZ-TV was a crowd pleaser in his first year hosting the event.?Having grown up in Framingham, Burton shared with the attendees the importance of supporting the kids of Metrowest Massachusetts.

“This was our most successful event ever, and I want to thank all of our outstanding sponsors and supporters who helped make this year's gala a tremendous success,” said Fran Hurley, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest. “The evening's theme was?”Great for Our Kids Now, Great for Our Kids” Futures, Great For the Community,” and thanks to our great supporters, we are able to provide the opportunity for a strong future to over 750 kids each day in the Metrowest community.”

The organization gave a special thank you to all of the Bids for Kids Auction & Gala sponsors:?The TJX Companies, Inc., Genzyme, a Sanofi company, Murphy Insurance Agency, Dow Electronic Materials, The Demoulas Foundation, PVH, Elevation Exhibits, Cumberland Farms, DCU for Kids, Entwistle, The Roger K. Kane Family, Staples, St. Mary's Credit Union, 99 Restaurants, Boyd Coatings Research Co., Middlesex Savings Bank, RW Holmes Realty Co., Wegmans, and LePetite Studio.

The club was also proud to honor the following as our 2013 Partners for Youth for their outstanding commitment to the organization: The TJX Companies, Inc., 2013 Corporate Partner for Youth; The Sudbury Foundation, 2013 Community Partner for Youth; and Donna Russo, recipient of the 2013 Michael C. Sullivan Memorial Award.

Next year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest's 2014 Bids for Kids Auction & Gala is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Contact the Resource Development office at 508-485-4912 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for next years” event or finding out other ways to participate.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest serves over 3,500 children and youth each year, which makes it one of the largest Boys & Girls Club organizations in Massachusetts. This year marks its 69th year of providing quality out-of-school programming for the children and youth of greater Marlborough, Hudson and Framingham. Visit for more information.

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