CHD’s second annual fall fundraiser, Hors d’Ouevres and Hope will be held at City Stage on 150 Bridge Street in Downtown Springfield on November 7th at 5:30 p.m. The event celebrates the positively life changing work done by CHD in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut, including CHD’s expansion in Franklin County, and recognizes people who have made specific contribution to CHD’s mission over the last year.
Award honorees include Robyn Provost of Mowry and Schmidt, Betsy Davison and Don Overson. Betsy Davison will receive the Founders Award, which recognizes people who uphold the vision of CHD’s founders to provide community based care. Betsy came up with a model for establishing a group home for the deaf on a college campus – a place where young deaf adults could communicate with their peers in American Sign Language while becoming part of a larger caring community. With this vision in mind, she worked tirelessly and effectively to establish a residential program on the grounds of Springfield College, helping to forge a unique partnership between the college and CHD, which operates the program. Robyn Provost led the renovation of a former nursing home in Greenfield, creating a residential treatment center for women struggling with addiction. Don Overson is being honored with the Rick Moriarty Volunteer of the Year Award for his longstanding commitment to MaryAnne’s Kids Fund, which assists children in foster care.
CHD will honor its program, Family Outreach of Amherst (FOA), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. FOA began in 1989 serving 6 families and today serves 600 per year. “FOA is the safety net for low-income families in Amherst and the surrounding communities.” said Laura Reichsman, program director. “We work to address all the issues struggling families face: mental health, domestic violence, addiction, housing, and life skills. We couldn’t have done it without support from the Amherst community and especially the people who have served on our Advisory Board.”
The event will feature music by Jo Sallins and Tony Vacca, as well as a performance by The Performance Project’s First Generation Ensemble. CHD and The Performance Project have collaborated on a number of murals in the greater downtown Springfield area and CHD clients have participated in youth theatre with the Performance Project. “Visual and performing arts offer an avenue for expression that’s invaluable to our clients.” said Jim Goodwin, president and chief executive officer. “It is often difficult for them to put their experiences into words. Art offers them another way to express themselves.”
The event begins with a cocktail hour at 5:30p.m. followed by an awards ceremony at 7:00 with the Performance Project’s First Generation Ensemble to follow. Tickets will be $75 dollars per person. To reserve your space, please call (413) 439-2106, or register at chd.org.