Over $176,000 raised at Boys & Girls club’s annual gala

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(l to r) - Patricia Davidson, chair, Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Ken and Gayle Vonasek,  recipients of the Michael C. Sullivan Award and Fran Hurley, president, Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest.
(l to r) – Patricia Davidson, chair, Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Ken and Gayle Vonasek, recipients of the Michael C. Sullivan Award and Fran Hurley, president, Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest.

Region – The annual Bids for Kids Auction & Gala, held Oct. 30 at the Sheraton Framingham to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, raised a record $176,000. The event was emceed by Paul Burton of WBZ-TV.

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 monies to benefit the quality out-of-school programs offered by the organization.

“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: Clubopoly – 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.”

Sponsors included: The Demoulas Foundation; Dow Electronic Materials; Genzyme, a Sanofi company; Murphy Insurance Agency; The TJX Companies, Inc.; DCU for Kids; Elevation Exhibits & Events; Entwistle; The Roger K. Kane Family; Staples; St. Mary’s Credit Union; Sunovion; Middlesex Savings Bank; BNY Mellon; Boyd Coatings;

(l to r) Fran Hurley, president, Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest with Jenny Perez and Joshua Marte, the evening’s two speakers from the Framingham Clubhouse. (Photos/submitted)
(l to r) Fran Hurley, president, Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest with Jenny Perez and Joshua Marte, the evening’s two speakers from the Framingham Clubhouse. (Photos/submitted)

Cumberland Farms; DonorView; RW Holmes Realty Co.; and LePetite Studio.

The Club also honored the 2014 Partners for Youth for their outstanding commitment to the organization: Middlesex Savings Bank and Mathworks and Gayle and Ken Vonasek, recipients of the 2014 Michael C. Sullivan Memorial Award.

Next year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest’s 2014 Bids for Kids Auction & Gala is scheduled for Thursday, October 29, 2015. Contact the Resource Development office at 508-485-4912 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for next years’ event or if you are interested in finding out other ways of supporting to the event in 2015.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest serves over 3,500 children and youth each year with a low membership fee of only $25 per child, which makes it one of the largest Boys & Girls Club organizations in Massachusetts. 2014 marks its 70th year of providing quality out-of-school programming for the children and youth of greater Marlborough, Hudson and Framingham. For more information visit www.bgcmetrowest.org.