Moonlight & Miracles Gala Raises $760,000 for Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Services!

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Kristen Perfetuo
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On Friday October 18, more than 720 people gathered together to raise money for a cause that has touched the lives of thousands on the South Shore.

South Shore Health hosted its 17th annual Moonlight & Miracles Gala and raised close to $760,000 in support of Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services. The total tops last year’s fundraising goal by more than $150,000!

“Mental health and physical health are deeply related,” said Andrea Sheehan, Moonlight & Miracles Co-Chair. “It is critical that we continue to have a conversation about how to help those impacted by Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders, get them the help they need and show compassion for their struggle.”

This evening is our time to come together and raise awareness for a cause that touches all of us,” added Laura Graziano, Moonlight & Miracles Co-Chair. “As we work together to find solutions, we are supporting the doctors, nurses, caregivers, families and patients who rely on South Shore Health in the direst of circumstances to care for our loved ones.”

As part of South Shore Health’s Mission Critical: The Campaign for Our 2nd Century, funds raised from the Gala will help integrate Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder services and initiatives within the newly established Grayken Center for Treatment at South Shore Health.

Driven by a magnanimous $10 million grant – given by John and Eilene Grayken of Cohasset – the Grayken Center will allow South Shore Health to integrate Behavioral Health clinicians in its ambulatory sites; establish a rapid care treatment location for people with Substance Use Disorder; launch a Mobile Integrated Health program which will include Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services working alongside local police and fire agencies; and further South Shore Health’s strong relationship with the Office Based Addiction Treatment program at Boston Medical Center.

“We know that the health care support to treat patients with behavioral health and substance use disorders has been lacking,” said Jason Tracy, MD, Chief of Emergency Services at South Shore Health. “South Shore Health is working hard to build the programs needed to support these patients. We do not believe that a behavioral health diagnosis or substance use addiction is the end of the story. We believe that this is the beginning of the next phase of our community’s journey.”

Known as the signature fundraising event on the South Shore, attendees of the gala enjoyed the spacious Starland Sportsplex & Fun Park in Hanover – which was transformed into an exquisite and chic affair. Throughout the evening, guests dined, danced and took part in both silent and live auctions, bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences – such as trips and artwork, and participated in a fun, interactive wine pull. Attendees also took a chance to win one of four amazing pieces of jewelry generously donated by Hingham Jewelers.

The event ended on a high-note when Master of Ceremonies, Radio and TV personality, Billy Costa, led the crowd through an ambitious “Raise the Paddle.” The more than $151,000 raised by generous donors will help the Grayken Center.

Deep appreciation is extended to the entire Moonlight & Miracles volunteer gala committee. For information on this year’s event, visit