We came, we ate, and together we raised over $3500 to support the essential and free therapeutic services available to children and their families at Boston Medical Center who are witnesses to violence in their communities and homes. After an hour of networking over cocktails, we were joined by a special guest, Dr. Neena McConico, Program Director of the Child Witness to Violence Project (CWVP) at Boston Medical Center. Dr. McConico impressed guests with the importance of all the contributions made through ticket sales to the Pedal Party. 30 Million people in the US are exposed to violence by the age of 17. The CWVP director shared with us a real story of the impact of trauma and how it interfaces with the child’s future academic and social development with the story of a young girl named Grace, who met the project when she was 4 years old. Through the free services offered, Grace was able to work through many early childhood traumas arising from witnessing domestic violence, subsequent homelessness, and anxiety. Now, at age 9, both she and her mom have been able to understand triggers and identify coping strategies with their clinician.
Our hosts, Serafina Boston, served up delicious food and the energy buzzed with excitement over new connections, contributing to an awesome cause, refreshing drinks – including the signature drink of the evening, the Pedal Pusher (where $1 from each drink was donated to the CWVP), and a raffle with donations of four tremendous prizes – including Red Sox tickets, a gift basket and gift card from The Paper Store, and a gift card to the Juice Press. Rumor had it that a basket of luxury organic self-care products from a local boutique, Follain, was a hot ticket prize!
Boredom Busters would like to thank all the attendees who came out to The Pedal Party and made it a huge success, as well as the volunteers and supporters who brought together purpose and presence to render help to local children in Boston. Boredom Busters is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization devoted to bringing cheer and support to children at Boston Medical Center.
At the Pedal Party, we celebrated six of the BMC team of bike riders: Dave Krauss, Charlie Benzyk, Dylan Rushe, Kory Stachowski, John Gill, and Lindsay O’Hara. Their participation in the Rodman Ride for Kids on September 23, 2017, and funds raised from the Pedal Party, support the CWVP at Boston Medical Center via this umbrella matching gift charity for youth-focused social services in Massachusetts.
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Learn more about the Child Witness to Violence Project.