Friday, May 11, 2012

YouthCare Gala raises $1.1 million

ASPIRING FOR GOOD: From left, Hamilton, McLeod and David Long, president of Liberty Mutual Group and a gala committee co-chair. Photo courtesy of Matt West.

Nearly 950 people turned out for this year’s YouthCare Gala, which raised $1.1 million to support the highly successful MGH program that helps individuals with autism spectrum disorders develop independence and the social skills critical for success at home, school and within the community.

Guests at the 12th annual event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston – including Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton and retired Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling – were treated to dinner and a live auction, which featured items such as a signed Bruce Springsteen guitar and tickets to a taping of “Saturday Night Live.”

During the evening’s festivities, Scott McLeod, PhD, YouthCare executive director, announced that the program’s name would officially be changed to Aspire as a way to more aptly reflect its expanded mission and values. “Since we have embarked on expanding our work with teens and young adults, ‘YouthCare’ no longer fully reflects our larger mission to provide a continuum of services from childhood through young adulthood,” McLeod says.

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