A Window Into Bridgewell during COVID-19

Published: June 18, 2020


The annual Imagine the Possibilities Gala is our signature event to raise funds to support the individualized needs of people in our care. Unfortunately, adapting our Gala originally scheduled at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston is one of several unanticipated challenges Bridgewell has faced amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As a non-profit, we depend on the funds raised from this event to support the range of social and human services we offer that empower people with life challenges to live safe, self-directed and productive lives.

We’ve shifted our Gala into a virtual ‘Window Into Bridgewell Celebration,’ on June 24, 2020 at 5 pm. This event is free and open to the public, so spread the word to your friends and family! Attendees will tune in for touching stories from people who have been directly impacted by the support provided by Bridgewell clinicians and staff, and ways to support Bridgewell including an online auction and Fund A Need.

The pandemic forced us to cancel many services, eliminating revenue streams while incurring unexpected costs such as bonuses for our essential employees, additional professional cleanings and the purchase of personal protection equipment (PPE). To date, we have spent more than a million dollars on unbudgeted expenses related to fighting the pandemic. As a result, the need for funding is critical, now more than ever. Please show your support of Bridgewell’s mission by helping us offset this gap in funding. You can make an immediate impact and difference by participating in the Fund A Need with a donation designated to one of several areas of need; including cleaning services and supplies, iPads for virtual programming, supporting program staff, web cameras and PPE. If we achieve our Fund A Need goal of $75,000, an anonymous donor will make a $15,000 contribution. You can extend the impact of your contribution by helping us achieve the match, as this funding will go a long way in supporting the people we serve.

Our online auction is already live, and you can help support it by bidding on items or sharing it with your family and friends on social media. We have items ranging from jewelry to a weekend getaway to autographed sports items including a stick signed by the entire Bruins Hockey team.

You can also support Bridgewell by purchasing a $100 raffle ticket to win an experience of a lifetime: a tropical Jamaica vacation or experiencing a Patriots game from a luxury box. Only 100 tickets will be sold, increasing the winner’s chances. There are only limited tickets left and raffle sales end June 23 at midnight. You also have the option to make a direct donation, 100% tax deductible.

We all need a reason to gather as a community. Please join us here on June 24 at 5 pm when we’ll connect virtually to celebrate Bridgewell. If you’re not able to join us at 5pm on June 24, we’ll archive the program on this page. The online auction and Fund A Need will close on Friday, June 26 at 4pm, so don’t delay!

We cancelled our in-person Gala but not, our mission. Continuing to inspire hope and empowering people experiencing life challenges to achieve their fullest potential while maintaining the health and safety of the people we serve is our upmost priority. The challenges of COVID-19 are far from over, and you can do your part to support Bridgewell during this difficult time by taking part in our Window Into Bridgewell virtual activities as we continue to help thousands of people in our community through community housing, day programs, outpatient treatment, recovery services and more.

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