By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Shrewsbury – Many of the over 300 guests were appropriately dressed for the “Great Gatsby Glamour” theme while attending the 11th annual Gala to support Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services (SYFS). The agency’s major fundraiser was held March 14 at St. John’s High School.
The evening began with a reception and silent auction. Live music was provided by the six-piece St. John’s High School Jazz Combo. Following a sit-down dinner prepared and served by Struck Catering, guests were welcomed by Terry Cassidy, SYFS executive director, and Melissa Pride-Fahs, event chair.
Tom Kennedy, SYFS board chair, introduced Dr. Harvey Clermont, this year’s Harry S. Cutting Jr. Award recipient. Clermont has done missionary work locally and internationally. He currently directs three free medical clinics, one at St. Anne’s Church in Shrewsbury and two in Worcester.
Entertainment continued with the Honey Taps, a professional song-and-dance duo from New York City. Returning for the second year as the live auctioneer was Jim Heald. Additional funds were raised with the drawing of a black pearl necklace created and donated by Sachs Jewelers.
The Gala was supported by several businesses including the Southborough-based real estate firm Grossman Development Group as the presenting sponsor. The Community Advocate was the media sponsor. SYFS is the town’s only private, nonprofit community counseling and social services agency, which serves people of all ages. For more information about SYFS, visit syfs-ma.org.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.