Thank you to all who attended Horizons’ Virtual Spring Gala. We hope the event left you feeling proud to be part of Horizons’ community which is helping so many families build a better tomorrow.   

Check out some event highlights and share the full replay with those who may have missed it

Highlights include the virtual tour of the Edgerley Family Horizons Centera conversation between George Foreman III and Semi Ojeleye of the Celtics, and of course, Mom speaker Angelik, who bravely shared her means and motivation for overcoming homelessness.  

If you’d still like to make a gift, you can do so here 

2021 Gala Committee

Committee Members
Emily Barker
Topher & Hannah Brennan
Kristin Brophy
Jennifer Cohn
Lori Colella
Susie Estella
Bree Evarts
Peter & Jennifer Garran
Jenny & Justin Green
Emily Greenstein
Amy Guidi
Chip & Donna Hazard
Alexandra Kavadas
Lauren & Joe Kennedy
Kate Lubin & Glen Sutton
Billy & Christine Meara
Eliza Miller
Jessica Gifford Nigrelli & Andrew Nigrelli
Debby Robbins
Marla Sanford
Linda Shulman
Brian & Ali Sung
Denele & Chandler Willett

What your gift means to Horizons

A gift of $10,000 is the cost of monthly delivery of food boxes containing fresh fruit and vegetables, dry goods and shelf stable milk. It provides food assistance to more than 100 families in our Family Partnership Program.

A gift of $5,000 helps cover the cost of supplying one classroom in the new Edgerley Family Horizons Center with furniture, books, toys, games and supplies needed for our early education curriculum that includes STEM and creative arts learning.

A gift of $3,000 helps cover the costs and staff replenishing one of Horizons’ 90+ trauma-informed play rooms located in family shelters throughout the state with books, toys, games, and cleaning supplies in preparation for indoor Playspace sessions resuming later this year.

A gift of $1,000 helps address the trauma of homelessness and its impact on a child’s development with mental health services for our toddlers for one month. Mental health services are embedded within Horizons’ early education program with visiting clinicians who observe children in the classroom to provide insights into children’s behaviors, offer guidance to caregivers and parents to help them support children’s learning and growth.

A gift of $500 helps one of our pre-schoolers get ready for Kindergarten, with support from our Next School staff who help families identify the best elementary school for their child and provides each child with a backpack of supplies for the next step on their learning pathway.

A gift of $250 helps fund the cost of breakfast, lunch and snacks for one of Horizons’ classrooms each week in our Early Education Centers, ensuring that each child is receiving nutritious food on a regular schedule during the school day.

A gift of $100 helps cover the cost of games, toys and supplies to set up our new outdoor Playspaces that have resumed this spring, giving children in shelter an opportunity to leave their shelter rooms for two hours a day to play with other children and our PAL volunteers.

A gift of $50 helps supply diapers, wipes, and formula for one week in an infant classroom.

Horizons' Virtual Spring Gala Sponsors

Achieving the Impossible: $50,000

Sandy & Paul Edgerley
Mazzella Family Charitable Fund, Lauren* & Joseph Mazzella


Coloring Outside the Lines: $25,000

The Colella*/Deninger Family
Michael* & Barbara Eisenson
Chip* & Donna Hazard
Lubin Family Foundation, Kate Lubin* & Glen Sutton
Linda Mason & Roger Brown
Tracy & Michael* Roberge
Luly & Maurice* Samuels

Strengthening Our Families: $15,000

Glenn* & Kim Engler
Anne & Chad Gifford, Jessica Gifford Nigrelli & Andrew Nigrelli
Jenny Slayton Green
Diane Margolis
EJ* & Lori Whelan

Advocating for Change: $10,000

Emily & Scott Barker
Karen Clark & Pankaj Tandon
Bob & Jane Cremin
Tim* & Susie Estella
Linda & Michael Frieze
Emily Greenstein & Jonathan Dutch
Pamela Mann* & David Baron
Sarah* & Dana Nielsen
Kate* & Ford O’Neil
Paula Ness Speers & Mark Speers
Brian & Ali Sung

Inspiring Imagination: $5,000

Robin & Philippe Amouyal
Topher & Hannah Brennan
Elizabeth Crowley Sprayregen* & Ben Sprayregen
Maureen & Timothy Dibble
Matt Epstein* & Deborah Hiatt
Peter & Jennifer Garran
Beth & Larry Greenberg
Karen Kames & Chris Gaffney
Lisa Michel
Judith & Jack Remondi
Debby & Joseph Robbins
Susan Whitehead
Denele & Chandler Willett

Building Bright Futures: $3,000

CJ Brucato
Cheryl & James Duckworth
Janice* & Rich Sturchio

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