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Second Annual Bridge to Hope Affair Surpasses Inaugural Success

Brook Lane raised a net total of $58,207 during the 2nd Annual Bridge to Hope Fundraising Event on Saturday April 29th, 2023.

The Bridge to Hope Affair, a black-tie optional occasion, has been positively received by the community as a new flagship seasonal event with 44 contributing sponsors and over 140 guests in attendance. With the appointment of full-time Director of Development, Chris Boryan, in 2022, Brook Lane has been able to make a concerted effort creating fresh fundraising initiatives that shed light on Brook Lane’s impactful work in mental health and inspire supporters to participate in reaching future patient care goals.

The night’s festivities took place at Cortland Mansion in Hagerstown, MD and included a cocktail hour featuring musical stylings from jazz vocalist, Kerensa Gray, hors d’oeuvres and entrees from Be Catered, all natural coffee from River Bottom Roasters, and entertainment with photo booth from Electrolinear Entertainment. Jeff O’Neal, CEO and Dr. Michael Hann, CMO, opened the night with a discussion on Brook Lane’s recent achievements and plans for future expansion. Dr. Borkman, the father of a Laurel Hall Special Education School graduate, followed by sharing the incredible impact his son’s experience at Brook Lane had on his overall development, confidence, and perception of self-worth. 

Brook Lane’s Foundation, comprised of dedicated volunteers and staff members, led the charge in planning efforts. Following the event’s inaugural success, the Foundation wasted no time collecting feedback in order to further elevate the overall guest experience in 2023. Efforts paid off with the Foundation reporting an overall increase in sponsorships, donor engagement, and enjoyment from last year.  

“I’m so proud to be able to serve an organization that cares about people and their mental health,” said Victoria Beachley, Foundation Chair.  “The 2nd Annual Bridge to Hope Affair was a true testament to the great community support rallying around Brook Lane.”

Director of Development, Chris Boryan considers the 3rd Annual Bridge to Hope Affair with optimism. “We look forward to another successful event next year and will be excited to share more in the coming months.”

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