It was a night of heroic proportions at our Big in Boston gala on Tuesday, December 5. We celebrated superheroes of every kind. We heard from advocates of our work, Lisa Hughes and Mayor Marty Walsh. We listened as Little Sisters proudly said in front of nearly 500 guests:
I am valuable because there is no one else like me.
I am powerful because I have the opportunity to make a great change in the world.
I am deserving because I am a girl with potential and with a voice.
My dream is to pass on the good things I have learned to other girls and make a difference where I can.
And, with our Believe In Girls award, we honored two remarkable women for their unwavering support of women and girls internationally and locally: Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sharon McNally.
In addition to the profound and personal stories shared by Secretary Clinton and Sharon, both of whom cited their mothers as driving forces in shaping who they are today, there are more than a few moments from the evening that will forever be held in our memory: the sound of squeals from Little Sisters when Secretary Clinton entered the room; the look of pride, joy, and confidence on the faces of each Little Sister on stage; listening to Little Sister Alyvia talk about her decision to become a Big Sister last year with encouragement from her own Big Sister Margaret; and watching the beautiful video produced by our partner, FleishmanHillard, in which Little Sister Court describes how her relationship with Big Sister Lauren has helped her develop the power to believe in herself.
Finally, with the help of our event chairs, Jack Connors and Bryan Rafanelli, and the generosity of our sponsors and guests, we raised a record-breaking $1.3 million in support of our mentoring and enrichment programs for Greater Boston's girls. Because we know that when girls believe they are capable of defining themselves, they grow up to be strong, independent, confident women. And, that's what we see happening to the thousands of girls we stand beside every year.
Last night was nothing short of powerful. Or, as Little Sister Mariah put it quite simply as she closed out the evening with our president and CEO, Deb Re: "It was lit."