Road to Responsibility (RTR), one of the region’s largest and most successful nonprofit organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, announced today that their 33rd Annual “Making Lives Better” Gala, held virtually on Thursday, September 23, surpassed its goal for the second straight year, with donations tracking 5 percent higher than last year’s virtual event.
The virtual format featured live music, a mixologist, and an engaging short video featuring “A Day in the Life of Tammy Ford,” which can be watched on RTR’s Facebook page and directly on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50erQDGr6Ys. RTR staff members and individuals also had an opportunity to interact with ticket-holders, even though it was a virtual event, by delivering welcome kits earlier in the day. The event was broadcasted live from the South Shore Hive in Marshfield, and was emceed once again by Hingham resident Michael Page, who has been involved with the gala for the last several years.
Sponsors for the 33rd Annual “Making Lives Better” Gala include Xerox Business Solutions, Apothecare, VHS Transportation/Patriot Investment Corp., and The Parsons & Benoit Family. Several sponsors and other donors also organized watch parties at their home or office as a way to gather in small, safe groups, offering some feelings of an in-person event.
With last year’s gala being the first virtual fundraising event in the organization’s history, expectations were conservative. Still the event surpassed its goal by more than 25 percent. This year’s event increased giving totals by more than 5 percent and counting. Donations are still being accepted; checks can be mailed to 1831 Ocean Street in Marshfield or made online via credit card at https://roadtoresponsibility.ejoinme.org/Register2021.
“This gala was a wonderful celebration of our organization, and all that we have overcome over the last year, said Christopher White, Ed.D., CEO of Road to Responsibility. “Our staff really outdid themselves with the planning and dedication to make this event such a success – they elevated the gala beyond just a virtual experience, with watch parties, a live broadcast, and personal deliveries. We were so happy to see some warm smiles as a result of our welcome kit delivery team, and I think everyone felt like they were experiencing something bigger than just another virtual meeting as a result of these efforts.
“Most importantly, our gala once again helped people to get to know us, or get to know us better, and see the important work taking place every day,” added White. “We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received as a result, and so glad to have an opportunity to showcase the amazing individuals, families, and staff members, who make up the RTR community.”
About Road to Responsibility, Inc.
Celebrating over 30 years of making lives better, Road to Responsibility, Inc. (RTR) was established in 1988 with the overarching belief that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve to have full, rich, and rewarding lives in the community, and therefore works to provide the means, the opportunity, and the support necessary to allow citizens with disabilities to take their place as productive members of the community. RTR offers residential, work/employment, day habilitation and other day supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. RTR supports individuals with very diverse needs, including those with significant challenges who would otherwise go unserved if not for RTR. It succeeds where other organizations often fail, through the use of an integrated clinical behavioral approach. This model has proven successful and yielded positive results for the organization and the individuals served.
Road to Responsibility offers services to almost all the towns and communities throughout the South Shore and South Coast of Massachusetts, operates 49 residences as well as co-operative and supportive living apartments, and manages nine day-service locations that focus on education, employment, and community enrichment. Road to Responsibility’s main office is located at 1831 Ocean Street, Marshfield, MA. For more information, please visit www.roadtoresponsibility.org.