Dare To Hope:
HopeWell's 60th Anniversary Gala

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HopeWell is turning 60!
Come celebrate with us


Thursday, October 24, 2024
6:00 - 9:00 PM

The Cyclorama
at Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St., Boston MA


Mark your calendars for October 24!

From our founding in 1964 as DARE Family Services to now — 60 years later — HopeWell continues to be a leader in care and a force for good.

Throughout our journey, we’ve met the most pressing needs of the children, adults, and families we serve through resourceful approaches and pragmatic, deliberate action. At the same time, our work to ensure brighter futures and more equitable systems for those in our care has been guided by our ambitious goals, our bold ideas, and our intrepid energy. In other words, we have our head in the clouds and our feet on the ground.

So as we set our eyes, minds, and hearts toward the next 60 years and beyond, we are ready to build bright, vibrant futures full of opportunities for children, adults, and families across Massachusetts.

But we can’t write this story without you!

Please join us at our 2024 gala, Dare to Hope, as we come together to celebrate 60 years of impact, look toward the future, and rally around the children, adults, and families who count on HopeWell. We can’t wait to see you and celebrate with you!




A generous family for their work lifting up children and families experiencing foster care:

Former New England Patriots team captain Matthew Slater, Dr. Shahrzad Slater, and Ms. Denise McNealey.

Hosted by Bianca Beltrán

We are thrilled to have Bianca Beltrán as our emcee for the evening! Bianca is an Emmy-nominated reporter at NBC10 Boston, New England Cable News, and Telemundo Boston.

Bianca reports on major events across the country, including incarceration, wildfires, police brutality, and immigration. Through her reporting, she brings attention to the most serious challenges we face — along with their potential solutions. Read more about Bianca here.

Become a Sponsor

We welcome sponsorships at all levels of support and are pleased to partner with you. We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities available.  


For questions or more information, contact our Chief Development Officer Lisa Rowan-Gillis at lrowangillis@hopewellinc.org or 617-609-5169.


The logo for Liberty Mutual Insurance with the words "Presenting Sponsor."
The logo for United Way with the words "Platinum Sponsor." The HopeWell logo next to the words "Frank and Melanie Foley." The HopeWell logo next to the words "Heather & David Mack." The logo for the Boston Center for Facial Plastics with the words "Silver Sponsor." The logo for Goldman Sachs Ayco with the words "Silver Sponsor." The HopeWell logo next to the words "Casey & Matt Stratford." The logo for NBC10 Boston with the words "Bronze Sponsor" The logo for Boston Children's Hospital with the words "Bronze Sponsor." The logo for Eastern Bank with the words "Bronze Sponsor."

2022 Gala Highlights

At our previous gala, It All Begins With Hope, hundreds of you joined the celebration to lift up the children in our RISE program as they learn to read, grow, and thrive.

Read more about our previous gala here.

Gala Committee
Thank you to these cross-sector leaders, partners, and friends for dedicating their time and energy toward making our 60th anniversary gala a success!

Melanie Foley (Gala Committee Chair) • Liberty Mutual Insurance

Adam Benjamin • Mark Development

Tam Benjamin • Bank of America

Josh Chalmers • Change the World Before Bedtime LLC / The Imaginarium

Kelsey Chipman • JPA Health

Joanne Jaxtimer • Joanne Jaxtimer Consulting

Andrew Keleher • G2 Capital Advisors
and Virginia Keleher • Westledge Consulting

Joshua Kraft • New England Patriots Foundation
and Michelle Vichot • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica

Heather and David Mack

Lauren Michaels • Carpenter & Company

Alison and Joe Quinan

Casey Stratford • BNY Mellon

Adriano Varano • Varano Realty Group