Stepping Out

Get ready for a fun evening and join MaryAnne’s Kids for this year’s themed Gala. This fun-filled night will include dinner, dancing to a live band, a raffle, silent auction, prizes, giveaways, awards and much more. 

Register   SponsorThe event benefits the hundreds of children in CHD’s Foster Care program. The MaryAnne’s Kids Fund was established in 2000 in memory of MaryAnne Sadak-Eklof, a foster parent who died in 1999 at the age of 46. The fund was started by MaryAnne’s sister, Eva Santaniello of Longmeadow, who died in 2007, and is now managed by CHD.

MaryAnne’s Kids provides money for children in CHD’s Foster Care program so they can participate in activities not typically funded through the state’s foster care system, such as music lessons, dance, art, sports, and summer camps and more.

“I have used Maryanne’s kids several times for my foster youth to attend driving school. Without Maryanne’s kids they may not have been able to have this opportunity. MaryAnne’s kids allowed my client to use funds to participate in several sports at the high school such as wrestling and football. This has remained a healthy outlet for him while in care and gave him the confidence to reach his personal goals and build healthy peer relationships. Thank you MAK!” – Bianca Small, CHD Caseworker