Friday, April 12, 2013

Aspire Gala raises nearly $1.4 million for MGHfC

SWEET EMOTION: Tom Hamilton, far right, event co-chair and Aerosmith bassist, congratulates the winner of the auction item he donated – dinner at his home with him and his wife, Terry Hamilton

More than 900 people turned out for this year’s Aspire Spring Gala, which raised nearly $1.4 million to support the MassGeneral Hospital for Children program that helps children, teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders develop the social skills critical for success at home, school and within the community.

Guests at the 13th annual event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston – including Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton, retired Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and Liberty Mutual Insurance CEO David Long – were treated to dinner and a live auction, which featured items including two tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII and a tour of the “Today Show.”

“The funds raised support financial aid for participants in all our programs, program development and pro bono work in the Boston Public Schools,” says D. Scott McLeod, PhD, executive director of the Aspire Program.

Event sponsors included Liberty Mutual; McKinsey & Company; Aon PLC; Choate Hall & Stewart; Great Hill Partners; Safelite Group, Inc.; Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP; Stephanie and David Long; Nelson Levine de Luca and Hamilton; and Cresa Partners Boston, Inc. 

WHAT IT TAKES: Gala co-chairs, Kim Karofsky, Ann Marie Gross, Stephanie Long, Terry Hamilton and Shonda Schilling

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