Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services, Inc. (SYFS) has announced that the Presenting Sponsor for its 11th Annual Gala will be Southborough-based real estate firm Grossman Development Group (GDG). This year’s gala, themed “Great Gatsby Glamour,” will be held Saturday, March 14, starting at 6 p.m. at St. John’s High School, 378 Main St., Shrewsbury.
“We are delighted to welcome Grossman Development Group as the Presenting Sponsor,” said SYFS Executive Director Terry Cassidy. “It is exciting to have a new partner helping us take care of our neighbors. Additionally, we are tremendously grateful to our returning sponsors including Navin, Haffty & Associates and Wheelabrator at the Platinum Level; Central One Federal Credit Union and Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union at the Gold Level; and Webster Five at the Silver Level. We are thankful to have these civic-minded businesses working with us to make our community stronger.”
GDG is currently redeveloping the former Spag’s property on Route 9 into a mixed-use retail and residential development that will be known as “Lakeway Commons.” Howard Grossman, GDG’s founder and president/managing principal group, noted that the company was honored to be this year’s Presenting Sponsor.
“Sponsoring the SYFS Gala is the perfect opportunity for Grossman Development Group to show we care about the priorities of the community and the important work being done by this organization,” he said. “We are so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful event.”
2015 SYFS Gala Chair Melissa Pride-Fahs said the SYFS board was “indeed fortunate” to have GDG as a presenting sponsor.
“Howard Grossman is a caring, thoughtful contributor to our community and actually approached us to be a sponsor, asking how he could help the most,” she said.
The gala, organizers said, promises “an incredible evening of ‘Great Gatsby Glamour’ as the agency celebrates its community and fundraises to support critical SYFS programs for local children and families. Guests will enjoy a sit-down dinner created by Struck Catering, live and silent auctions and entertainment. Auction items will include four Taylor Swift tickets, Red Sox and Bruins tickets, trips and getaways. Sachs Jewelers in Shrewsbury will also be donating a piece of jewelry for the auction that will be reflective of the era of “Gatsby.”
One of the highlights of the evening will be the presentation of the Harry S. Cutting, Jr. Award to Shrewsbury resident and surgeon Dr. Harvey G. Clermont. This annual award is given each year to a resident who embodies the spirit of giving, community service and support for the Shrewsbury community. Clermont has done missionary work both abroad and in the region. He helped start the free clinic at St. Mary’s in 1996 and expanded to two additional area clinics. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Harvard Medical School, Clermont is a former assistant professor of surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
If interested in sponsoring, donating auction items or volunteering at the gala, contact Pride-Fahs at [email protected] or 508-948-5656, or visit www.syfs-ma.org. Tickets are $100.00 and will be available for purchase soon online, by phone and mail.
Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services Inc., a 501(c)3 private, nonprofit community social services agency, provides professional support and social services to children, parents and individuals in times of need, regardless of their ability to pay.