May Institute Fundraisers Raise $185,000 for Technology Enhancements


Randolph, Mass. –May Institute recently held fundraising events in Holyoke and Boston, Mass. raising $185,000 for technological enhancements in the organization’s special education schools, children’s home- and center-based programs, and adult programs.

May Institute is a national nonprofit that provides services to individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the more than 300 family members, staff, board of trustees, corporate representatives, and event partners who supported and attended our recent fundraisers,” said Mary Tiernan, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy for May Institute. “The money raised at these events will enable us to provide invaluable communication tools such as iPads for the children and adults we serve as well as equip our schools and programs with high-tech learning tools such as interactive smart boards.”

The two fundraisers were cocktail receptions with the spring theme Where Hope and Possibility Blossom. Both featured silent auctions of hand-made artwork by students and individuals served through May Institute programs. May Institute President and CEO Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, and Neal Todrys of Todson, Inc., Chairman of May’s Philanthropy Committee, were on hand to welcome guests at both events.

Kelley St. Clair, a parent from the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in West Springfield, was the guest speaker at the first fundraising reception on April 5, which was held at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, Mass.

The second reception was held on April 13 at the Downtown Harvard Club in Boston. Hank Morse of WROR served as the master of ceremonies, and Ashton McCombs, a parent from the May Center for Adult Services in eastern Massachusetts, was the featured speaker.

May Institute corporate sponsors recognized at both receptions were: Brown and Brown of Massachusetts; Century Bank; Telamon Insurance and Financial Network; 596 Summer Street; HUB International; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Todson, Inc., and Equity Industrial Partners.

Come see the photos of the events, Holyoke, Mass., and Boston, Mass!

About May Institute
May Institute is an award-winning nonprofit organization with more than 60 years of experience in serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. The organization provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals, as well as training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems. At more than 140 service locations across the country, highly trained staff work to create new and more effective ways to meet the special needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit