Road to Responsibility (RTR), one of the region’s largest nonprofit organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, announced today that their 35th Anniversary “Making Lives Better” Gala, held on September 28 at Granite Links in Quincy raised $410,000 in support of the organization.
This year’s annual mission-driven event was attended by nearly 300 business and civic leaders, community members, and friends and supporters of RTR. Features of the evening included live music from the Evan Goodrow Band, a cocktail reception sponsored by South Shore Bank, mobile bidding auction, and dinner. Candy O’Terry, a radio broadcaster, podcaster, singer, songwriter, and speaker coach, returned to emcee the event for the second year in a row.
In addition, attendees were treated to a special program highlighting RTR’s impact on the individuals they support and the community. A short video entitled, “Very Determined: The Jack Brait Story,” emphasized this message, demonstrating many ways in which RTR has supported Jack, as well as all the ways Jack has contributed to RTR. The video featured animation created by Jack, and discussed some of his passions, including movie trivia, skiing, and completing 12 of the world’s largest puzzles (including a 60,000-piece-puzzle!). The video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/F6yiqIWzMlw or on the RTR website.
“I love the gala because it gives us an opportunity to share what we’ve been working on with our community,” said Christopher T. White, Ed.D., President and CEO of Road to Responsibility. “And we have a lot of exciting initiatives in the works – from our smart home technology to a project we’re working on with the University of Florida in virtual reality. What we do matters – it’s relevant, and it allows people to thrive – and I’m so glad to communicate that.”
Other highlights of the evening included recognition of the RTR staff, who were celebrated throughout the evening for the work they do every day with such care and compassion, and an anonymous match of up to $100,000 for any donations made throughout the event.
“We are so grateful for everyone’s generosity,” added White. “It’s an amazing feeling to know how supported we are throughout the community, and how this helps us continue to advance our mission and help even more individuals in more ways. Thank you!”