2023 Step Up and Speak Out Benefit


The 2023 Step Up & Speak Out Benefit will be held at The Mandarin Oriental on Thursday, October 12. It is a fun and inspiring evening with entertainment, silent and live auctions, delicious food, cocktails, and more!

This year we will honor former CAC Executive Director Susan Goldfarb for her 30-year legacy of innovation, leadership, and dedicated service to the children and families of Suffolk County.

Click here for more information about the event and to purchase tickets.

Sponsorships ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 are available. Contact Kim Sebastiao, Chief of Development & External Affairs for more information or to pledge your support today!

2022 Step Up and Speak Out Benefit

WOW! We are blown away by the generosity of the nearly 400 people who gathered at The Mandarin Oriental on October 27.  

The record-breaking crowd donated $142,325 in just 3 hours―$50,000 of which was matched thanks to Jim Quagliaroli―bringing the grand total for the event to an incredible $593,925!

It was an honor to celebrate Boston Police Department Superintendent Lanita D. Cullinane and Dellbrook|JKS President & CEO and CAC Trustee Mike Fish.

We are grateful to our honorees, event co-chairs Anne Tamer Hajjar and Jay Bisognano, our host committee, board, sponsors and supporters for their efforts in raising these critical funds to ensure we can continue to serve the children and families of Suffolk County.

Below is a selection of photos from the evening taken by Iris MacKinnon Photography. You can find the complete album here

2019 Step Up and Speak Out Benefit

What an evening!  We were moved by all who gathered and brought their voices to our 5th Step Up & Speak Out Benefit at the Mandarin Oriental on October 17, 2019. The energy & commitment in the room were palpable! We were thrilled to honor Bob Rivers, Chairman & CEO of Eastern Bank, and Jay Bisognano, Founder & Principal of Torrington Properties and Co-President of the CAC's Board of Trustees.

THANK YOU to our honorees, honorary co-chairs Mayor Marty Walsh and District Attorney Rachael Rollins, event co-chairs Anne Hajjar and Mike Fish, our host committee, sponsors, and all who worked tirelessly to help us raise nearly $320,000 for children & families in Suffolk County. See select photos from the evening below.

2018 Step Up and Speak Out Benefit

On October 17, 2018, friends and partners of the CAC joined together to raise critical support and awareness for the over 1,700 children who come to the Center each year to find hope and healing after abuse. We were thrilled to honor First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker and Robert Reynolds of Putnam Investments  for their outstanding contributions to the safety and well-being of the children in our community, and to offer special recognition of outgoing District Attorney Daniel F. Conley for his years of support and friendship to the CAC. Select photos from the evening are available below!

2017 Step Up and Speak Out Benefit

In the event's third year, on October 4, 2017, over 300 guests raised more than $250,000 in support of the children and families we work with. 2017’s honorees were Senator Linda Dorcena Forry & Bill Forry, Jonathan & Margot Davis, and Jack & Carol Harrington. Select photos from the evening are available in the gallery below.