HubNob raises $400,000 for BCYF programming
Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently attended “HubNob,” the signature event for the Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF). The event surpassed its goal and raised more than $400,000. Funds raised will be used to support and expand BCYF programming, including teen opportunities, girls-only programming, aquatics programs, senior programs, and the popular summer Neighborhood Block Parties.
“BCYF’s community centers are at the heart of our neighborhoods and provide a place where families can have fun, learn and explore new interests,” said Mayor Walsh. “HubNob is a great opportunity to come together, celebrate BCYF, and support their great work.”
Serving over 2,500 individuals a day, BCYF community centers are a steadfast institution in Boston’s neighborhoods. With a wide range of affordable, enriching programs and activities for individuals of all ages, BCYF provides critical resources for Boston’s youth and families. Mayor Walsh’s FY19-FY23 Capital Plan invests $50 million in BCYF facilities. BCYF Gallivan Community Center in Mattapan and BCYF Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury were recently reopened after substantial renovations.
“This event raises critical programming dollars that will go right back into creating new opportunities for Boston residents of all ages,” said William Morales, Commissioner of Boston Centers for Youth & Families. “Much of what we do at BCYF would not be possible without our many partners and sponsors who support HubNob.”
The eighth annual event featured delicious food, a fun crowd, live music by Soul City, and unique silent auction and raffle items. While supporting a great cause, guests had the opportunity to enjoy food prepared by neighborhood restaurants including House of Blues Boston, Darryl's Corner Bar, Sophia's Grotto, Uno's, Chicken and Rice Guys, Wahlburgers, Las Palmas, Brickhouse Cafe, McGreevey’s, Cunard Tavern and Chilicates. At the VIP Reception, guests participated in a live auction led by Mayor Walsh and event M.C. Maverik, a DJ at JAM’N 94.5, and John Hancock was presented with Corporate Partner of the Year for their support of BCYF’s teen summer employment opportunities.
Notables joining the Mayor at HubNob 2018 were Police Commissioner William Gross, Health and Human Services Chief Marty Martinez, BCYF Commissioner William Morales, BPD Superintendent Nora Baston, JAM’N 94.5 DJ “Maverik,” Boston Celtics Community Engagement Manager Matthew Borders IV, and Allyce Najimy, CEO and Executive Director, The Foundation to be Named Later. Presenting sponsors were Children’s Hospital, John Hancock, and Comcast NBCUniversal.
During the speaking program, the family of late State Representative Kevin Fitzgerald was on hand to help present the Kevin Fitzgerald Award for Citywide Excellence to BPD Superintendent Nora Baston and the Kevin Fitzgerald Award for Community Empowerment to BCYF Administrative Coordinator. The awards were named in honor of Representative Fitzgerald’s dedication and commitment to Boston.