Bridgewell Gala Goes Above and Beyond To Support Individuals in Need

Published: May 18, 2022


Monday, May 9th (Peabody, MA) – Bridgewell is pleased to announce that over $326,000 was raised at the Imagine the Possibilities Gala on April 29th at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, surpassing its $300,000 goal. Funds raised strengthen the Bridgewell’s mission of empowering people with life challenges achieve their fullest potential.

“What a spectacular event,” said Chris Tuttle, Bridgewell’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re so glad we were able to hold the gala in person for the first time since 2019. Bridgewell is blessed to have the support of so many community members who help our team deliver on its mission of helping people in need, from those with autism to people with substance use disorders, become engaged members of their communities.”

“We were also thrilled to honor members of our community such as George Sonia, whose partnership and positive impact strengthens our programming and goes to the heart of who we are at Bridgewell.”

Bridgewell presented its 2022 Visionary Leadership Award to Lancelot Janitorial and Paper Products owner George Sonia at the gala. “Over the years, I’ve been given the opportunity to see first-hand the amazing outreach Bridgewell provides to our community, Sonia stated in his acceptance speech. “I’ve been to the day programs, residential services, employment offices, and treatment programs and I’ve always seen the same thing – people being treated with respect, positive reinforcement, and guidance. I have supported Bridgewell for many years and will continue to do so for a very long time to come.”

Bridgewell uses the funds raised through the gala to support its behavioral health, day rehabilitation, employment, housing, and recovery programs, which benefit individuals such as Annie O’Connell, whose mother, Maureen, spoke at the gala.

“The job of a parent is to give their children roots and wings. My family and I have given Annie roots, and Bridgewell has given her wings,” Mrs. O’Connell explained.


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