May Institute’s Hope & Possibility Fundraiser Celebrates Decades of Milestones Corporate Support from Eastern Bank and Others Helps Exceed Goal


Randolph, Mass. – More than 300 friends and donors, corporate partners, employees, and other supporters of May Institute joined together at Granite Links in Quincy, Mass., recently to celebrate the organization’s impressive achievements since its founding in 1955 and to raise more than $350,000 to benefit the children, teens, and adults with special needs served through May programs.

May Institute provides services across the lifespan for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurological disorders, and other special needs. Proceeds from the Evening of Hope & Possibility will support projects at May Institute, including adaptive technology and curricula for classrooms and programs, and the enhancement of residential group homes.

During the course of the evening, attendees celebrated important organizational milestones from introducing early intervention services in the Commonwealth 40 years ago, to pioneering community-based residential care for deinstitutionalized adults 35 years ago, to opening one of the nation’s first schools for children and adolescents with brain injury 30 years ago.

During the evening, guests enjoyed music provided by three members of Tony Bennet’s touring and recording quartet until the performer’s retirement: pianist Tim Ray; guitarist Gray Sargent, and bassist Marshall Wood.

A live auction included trips to Portugal, Tuscany, Charleston, S.C., and New York City.

Major sponsors of the 2023 Evening of Hope and Possibility Celebration were: 

  • Eastern Bank (lead sponsor, Champions Circle)
  • Amplified Insurance Partners (Advocates Circle) 
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • H.L. Holdings
  • Philadelphia Insurance Companies
  • Joan Solotar

View the full list of corporate and individual sponsors.  

“It was wonderful to highlight the wide range of programs that May offers, and the significant milestones we celebrate this year,” said Eileen Pollack, Senior Vice President of Communications and Philanthropy. “We are grateful to our sponsors and donors who gave generously, and to all who joined us for this meaningful celebration.” 

About May Institute
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis and evidence-based interventions, serving autistic individuals and individuals with other developmental disabilities, brain injury, neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. Founded more than 65 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


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