Randolph, Mass. – May Institute’s signature fundraising event – An Evening of Hope and Possibility – raised $306,000, exceeding its goal. Proceeds will support program and technological enhancements for its special education schools, children’s home- and center-based programs, and adult services programs that serve individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the more than 300 family members, corporate representatives, event partners, and trustees who supported and attended this event,” said Mary Tiernan, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy for May Institute. “The money raised will enable us to provide program support and invaluable communication tools such as iPads for the children and adults we serve, as well as equip our programs with high-tech learning and skill-building tools.”
David Wade, Co-anchor of WBZ-TV News at 5pm, 6pm and 11 pm,, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which was held at the State Room in Boston. Sabrina Manno, the parent of a student who attends the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Randolph, was the featured speaker.
During the evening’s program, May Institute President and CEO Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, presented the organization’s first President’s Award to Sesame Workshop for Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, a global initiative that fosters understanding about autism. Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President for U.S. Social Impact, accepted the award on behalf of Sesame Workshop.
Community partners of the fundraiser include: Central Reach; Brown & Brown of Massachusetts; Century Bank; Telamon Insurance & Financial Network; Todson, Inc.; 596 Summer St., LLC; Anderson Plumbing & Heating; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; Equity Industrial Partners/Lewis and Ina Heafitz; Philadelphia Insurance Companies; Joan Solotar; and W. B. Mason.
About May Institute
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. Founded more than 60 years ago, we provide a wide range of exceptional educational and rehabilitative services across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit www.mayinstitute.org.