South Shore Health’s “Re-imagined” drive-in Gala raises more than $400,000 for the Grayken Center for Treatment

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A little rain could not dampen the energy and enthusiasm at this year’s 18th annual South Shore Health’s Moonlight & Miracles Gala.

While most organizations were forced to cancel their galas or hold the events virtually, South Shore Health decided to think outside the box. The result? A drive-in event that helped raise more than $400,000 for the Grayken Center for Treatment at South Shore Health.

“We decided to rise to the challenge and develop an innovative idea for this year’s Gala,” said Angela Floro, Director of Special Events and Annual Giving for South Shore Health’s Foundation. “The evening still delivered all the magic from year’s past, while helping to support South Shore Health’s mission, which is ‘Your Health. Our Passion. One Community.’”

Held on Friday, October 16, at Union Point in Weymouth, Mass., the night began at check-in, where guests were given individually boxed dinners and gift sets. The evening also included a virtual auction where attendees could bid on a beautiful piece of jewelry donated by Hingham Jewelers, unique trips, and one-of-a-kind experiences via QR codes on their smartphones. The short program was displayed on large screens next to a pop-up stage as guests listened to and watched via live-stream on their own electronic devices. Live music by the band, Kahootz, helped set the tone for a fun-filled evening beneath the stars.

The event ended on a high-note when Master of Ceremonies, Radio and TV personality, Billy Costa, encouraged participants to use a special QR code for an ambitious “Raise the Paddle.”

As part of South Shore Health’s Mission Critical: The Campaign for Our 2nd Century, funds raised from this year’s Gala help integrate behavioral health and substance use disorder (SUD) initiatives within the Grayken Center for Treatment at South Shore Health, a critical resource on the South Shore.

Driven by a magnanimous $10 million grant – given by John and Eilene Grayken of Cohasset – the Grayken Center has allowed South Shore Health to integrate Behavioral Health clinicians in its ambulatory sites; establish a rapid care treatment location for people with SUD; and launch a Mobile Integrated Health program which includes South Shore Hospital Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services working alongside local police and fire agencies.

The Grayken Center also supports South Shore Health’s collaboration with Aspire Health Alliance as well as South Shore Health’s strong relationship with the Office Based Addiction Treatment program at Boston Medical Center.

“So many people are touched by substance use disorders and behavioral health challenges, and too few receive the care they deserve,” said Christopher J. O’Connor, MBA, CFRE, Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President of External Affairs at South Shore Health. “This year’s re-imagined Gala highlights the importance of integrating services and programs that will help patients and families faced with these challenges, and ensures that treatment is accessible to anyone who needs it.”

To protect the health and safety of all, guests were encouraged to stay in their own cars and donned special Moonlight & Miracles face masks.

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