Ellis Celebrates 130 Years
ELLIS CELEBRATES 130 YEARS, RAISES OVER $570,000
350 guests gathered at the Cyclorama on May 1st for ELLIS 130, a gala dinner and dance to mark the 130th anniversary of Ellis. The celebratory event, the largest in the our history, was chaired by Ellis Board President Larry Hughes and his wife Dianne. Generations of former “Ellis Kids” joined sponsors and their guests, current families, and Ellis staff and Board members for an evening that highlighted our rich history and showcased plans for the future.
The evening’s honoree and keynote was State Street Executive Vice President and Global Human Resources and Citizenship Officer Alison Quirk, a former Ellis Board member. As he presented her with the inaugural Ida Eldredge Vision for Boston Award, Ellis CEO Leo Delaney said Alison “…has always grasped the essence of Ellis. She sees us as a true force for social change by our ongoing presence and investment in our community.” Joining Quirk on the speaking program was Thomas Carroll, an alumnus of Ellis programs whose mother was an “Ellis kid” and whose daughter is now enrolled at the Early Education Center.
ELLIS 130 exceeded its fundraising goal of $500,000, raising $573,000 through a combination of corporate sponsorships, table and ticket sales and a Mission Ask at the event led by Quirk and event emcee Lisa Hughes of WBZ TV that raised $100,000. Said Board President Larry Hughes, “This event was a very powerful reminder that, in many more ways than we realize, Ellis has always been there for the community they serve and call home.”
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