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Latest News & Events at Room to Grow New York

Wednesday, April 5 | 2017
Room to Grow Annual Spring Benefit
Save the date for our annual Spring Benefit in New York! Please join us for a standing dinner reception and auction as we celebrate the milestones and accomplishments of Room to Grow's remarkable families. Learn more >


November | 2016
Room to Grow New York has Moved!
Room to Grow New York is excited to announce that we moved on November 1, 2016. Our new space is located at 7 West 30th Street, Floor 3, between 5th Avenue and Broadway in Manhattan. We are now open for donation drop offs. For more information call 212.620.7800.


Tuesday, October 25 | 2016
Room to Grow Power Breakfast
21st Century Families: Policy, Politics, and Practice Around the Dinner Table
Please join Room to Grow and featured speakers Juju Chang, Matt Dowd, and Nick Kristof on Tuesday, October 25th at Bryant Park Grill in New York City for a lively panel discussion on issues of policy that relate to families and the future of our nation. Learn more >


2016
Building Room to Grow
Just over 15 years ago we moved into our current space in the Flatiron district, making Room to Grow accessible to low-income families across the five boroughs. Since then, our family center has been well-loved and well-used by thousands of babies and their families. That’s over 10,000 visits! Now it’s time to move into a larger space where we can expand services and create a refreshed, vibrant environment for our families. Learn more > 


Boston News & Events

Latest News & Events at Room to Grow Boston

July 22 | 2017
Family Volunteer Day
For children 8 and older with adult. Register here >


May 9 | 2017
Celebrating Mothers Breakfast
On Tuesday, May 9 at our annual Celebrating Mothers Breakfast, supporters came together to support inspirational mothers. See photos from the event >

May 2 | 2017
Social Innovators Showcase
Hosted by the Social Innovation Forum, seven of greater Boston’s most innovative nonprofits, including Room to Grow, pitch their solutions to our community’s toughest social issues. Learn more >


April 29 | 2017
Spring Cleaning Drive
Clean out your closets, bookshelves and toy boxes. Donate new and gently used items your children have outgrown at three locations in the Boston area on Saturday, April 29 from 10-2. Learn more >


March 1 | 2017
Mockingbird
Announcing a new donation drop off location in Charlestown. Mockingbird Baby & Maternity offers unique baby and toddler items for urban families including clothes, eco-friendly toys, handmade art, gifts, and even a selection of maternity and nursing clothes for new moms and moms-to-be. Find our complete list of drop off locations here >


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2016

November 4 | 2016
Boston Fall Gala
Join Room to Grow to celebrate inspirational families, while giving babies born into poverty the opportunity to reach for the stars.


November 16 | 2016
The Parenting Exchange
Join us for The Impact of a Child's First 1,000 Days, the third in the series focused on nurturing parents and families, brought to you in partnership with Ovia Health, taking place on Wednesday, November 16 at 12:00 pm.


October 30 | 2016
Create the Change Day
Join Room to Grow for Project Giving Kids' first-ever Create the Change Day in Boston, a family volunteer event at the Reggie Lewis Center from 1:00 to 4:00. Tickets and more information available here>


July | 2016
Tiny Hanger, Brookline
Announcing Room to Grow Boston's newest donation drop off location, Tiny Hanger in Brookline. We are grateful to partner with this locally owned children's boutique with wonderful locally made items and unique & fun brnads for newborns to age six. Find our complete list of drop off locations here >

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June | 2016
Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags and Room to Gro
Room to Grow New York was pleased to be selected to be a recipient of the Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags® program from January through June 2016. Supporters were able to donate to Room to Grow by shopping at Buffalo Exchange's location in the East Village. Embracing reusable bags, Buffalo Exchange offers customers tokens instead of disposable bags at the time of purchase. Shoppers select one of three local charities to receive their token. For each token Buffalo Exchange donates five cents to that charity. Since its creation in 1994, Buffalo Exchange’s Tokens for Bags® program has saved 12.5 million bags from polluting the environment and raised nearly $629,300 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.buffaloexchange.com.


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May 4 | 2016
Celebrating Mothers Breakfast
Close to 150 supporters came together to celebrate mothers and their impact on strengthening our community and creating hope for bright futures on Wednesday, May 4. Attendees donated generously to Room to Grow to honor their own mothers and help low-income families give their babies a strong, healthy and secure start.

Special guest and keynote speaker Lauren Baker, First Lady of Massachusetts, passionately spoke about the importance of investing in the early years, "Programs like Room to Grow have such an impact on the future of the Commonwealth." Nia Moses, a mother enrolled in Room to Grow's program who was honored at the breakfast, was an inspiration, speaking about her personal journey of overcoming significant challenges in her own childhood and the impact Room to Grow has had on her family.

We'd like to thank everyone who helped make the celebratory breakfast a success including Life Enrichment Sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, In-kind Sponsor UPPAbaby, speakers First Lady Lauren Baker and Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins, and event co-chairs Sarah Greenhill, Anne Hildreth and C.A. Webb.

To view photos of the event, click here.

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May | 2016
See “What’s Working” at Room to Grow in HuffPost Impact!
 
Sharing one of our remarkable parents’ story in their words, “Room to Grow believed in me as a parent; so I came to believe too.” Read the blog >

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April 14 | 2016
Annual Spring Benefit
Tribeca Three Sixty, 10 Desbrosses Street, NYC
We are thrilled to share that the Spring Benefit In New York was a great success! A truly memorable event, it raised critical funds that will allow us to continue working together with parents through individualized support, guidance, and resources, so they can give their children the best possible start in life. A highlight of the evening was hearing from a recent Room to Grow parent who shared her powerful story. Her honesty, resilience, and confidence was inspiring, as well as her words, “At Room to Grow, the believed in me as a parent and as a person. They believed in my son's potential. So I came to believe in it too."

Thank you to our guests, donors, and volunteers; with special thanks to Honorary Chair Emma Heming Willis, Co-Chairs Claire Ellis & Chad Cooper, Eve & Peter Lehrman, and Risa & Harry Schessel; Julie & Ken Burns, Lydia Fenet & Chris Delaney, Savannah Guthrie, and Amy Ryan & Eric Slovin; corporate sponsors Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, Susquehanna Financial Group LLC, Navigant, Pearhead, Pimco Foundation; and all the steering and host committee members for their dedicated support. To view photos of the event, click here.

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April 7 | 2016
Drool Baby Expo
Drool, the baby expo for new and expectant parents presented by Magic Beans, is coming to the Westin Waterfront Hotel on April 7. Room to Grow is thrilled to be participating and grateful to the exhibitors and Magic Beans for their generous donations. Click here for tickets and enter code RoomtoGrow5.

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March 1 | 2016
YPC Bowling for Babies
Join the Young Professional's Council on March 1 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Jillians & Lucky Strike Lanes in Boston to support Room to Grow's mission to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Network and meet new people while supporting babies in Boston. Tickets are available here.

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2015

December 1 | 2015
10 Days of Giving
Celebrate Room to Grow's 10th Anniversary with 10 days of giving from December 1st - 10th! The Young Professionals Council of Boston is hosting 10 days of fundraisers, outreach and service. Join us on-line or in person to celebrate 10 years of creating bright futures for babies in poverty. To see the full schedule of daily events and to register, click here or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Find us on social media and share your photos, #10DaysofRTG.

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November 6 | 2015
10th Anniversary Fall Gala
On Friday November 6 we celebrated 10 years of creating bright futures for babies in poverty in Boston. The gala honored long standing supporters who have helped us grow from serving 50 babies annually to close to 400 today. See the photos here >

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November 1 – December 31 | 2015

Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Thanks to all who gave the gift of play and learning this holiday season by contributing to our annual Holiday Toy Drive. Give the gift of play and learning by contributing to Room to Grow’s annual Holiday Toy Drive. During the first three critical years of development, toys play an important role in helping babies learn and grow. They develop motor skills as they learn to reach, grasp, crawl and balance. Toys and puzzles help children learn colors, numbers and shapes, and enhance memory skills and attention spans. And group play encourages cooperation, sharing and following rules - important skills children carry into school and adulthood.

Room to Grow provides each child enrolled in our program with five educational toys at every visit to guide and sustain their developmental growth. With access to toys, babies in poverty have a better chance to reach developmental milestones putting the building blocks in place for future learning and success.

To learn more about how to donate toys or organize a collection drive, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in New York and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Boston.

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September 1 - November 30, 2015

Shop B kids to support Room to Grow
Room to Grow was thrilled to continue our partnership with B kids and Blue Box Toys for a second holiday season! The company donated hundreds of toys to Room to Grow following a successful shopping campaign. 5% of the sale of their toys purchased from participating retailers September 1, 2015 through November 30, 2015, contributed towards a toy donation for the children in our program in New York and Boston.

“We are excited to support Room to Grow and their untiring dedication in helping young children in need,” says Cliff Seto, president of Blue Box Toys. “Developing products that help improve the lives of children is of the utmost importance to us and therefore it was only natural for us to partner with Room to Grow.” B kids line of toys for infant, toddlers and preschoolers fits with our work to promote learning through play. At every visit, each child enrolled in our program receives educational, age-appropriate toys while parents receive instruction on how to engage in active play with their children.  

B kids line of toys for infant, toddlers and preschoolers fits with our work to promote learning through play. At every visit, each child enrolled in Room to Grow's program receives educational, age-appropriate toys while parents receive instruction on how to engage in active play with their children. With the support and generosity from B kids and Blue Box Toys, we are able to continue distributing educational toys to Room to Grow children and help them meet important developmental milestones in their critical first three years of life.

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October 21 | 2015
Power Breakfast: Redefining Success
Room to Grow’s annual fundraising breakfast, held at City Winery on October 21st, was a great success. Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of The Huffington Post, led a powerful discussion on redefining success through well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. Her message, “giving is an essential part of a full life…” resonated fully with the audience. Thank you to everyone who attended, with special thanks to Event Co-Chairs, Diana and Marc Gardere, Patty and Stephen Valentino; Committee members Irene Anschlowar, Kristina and Christopher Bauer, Maggie Borner, Mary and Colbert Cannon, Mike and Victoria Feliton, Glynis and Adam Ford, Stacey Froelich, Eve and Peter Lehrman, Rashaan and Donville Reid, Risa and Harry Schessel, Natalie Wadsworth, Megan and Jon Wolff, Christi and Nick Wood; Lead Sponsor Wilmington Trust, an M & T Affiliate; Contributing Sponsor Tervis; and Supporting Sponsor Happy Family Brands, for their dedication and support.

See photos from the event.

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August | 2015
Kids Really Rock

Room to Grow is thrilled to be participating in Kids Really Rock, a FREE all-day music and arts festival for children and families in and around Boston. The event will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 11:00 - 6:00 at The Lawn on D, the new multi-purpose outdoor space along the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston. Kids Really Rock promotes messages of kindness, creativity and community through performances by nationally-acclaimed bands for families and children, and hands-on art and community service activities.

Attending families who are able are asked to bring a board book or a bib to donate to Room to Grow that will be matched with another book donated by our Early Learning Partner, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. For more information, visit Kids Really Rock.

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Through July 31| 2015

Shop Dedo Kids to Support Room to Grow
Room to  Grow is grateful for the support of Dedo Kids, an apparel company committed to giving back to children's nonprofits. Offering stylish girls clothing in sizes 2T to 6X, Dedo Kids had a summer sale and for every item sold, $5 was donated to Room to Grow. Thank you Dedo Kids!


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July 1 - September 30 | 2015

Summer Reading and Back to School Book Drive

Our annual Summer Reading and Back to School Book Drive was a great success! We received well over 5,000 books for the children in our program in both New York and Boston, and through a generous match from Early Learning Partner Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a total of 11,000 books were donated to Room to Grow during this year's book drive!

We are grateful to Blue Manatee Press, Candlewick Press, DK Publishing, Penguin Young Readers, School Zone and Simon & Schuster for their wonderful contributions, to our supporters who purchased bilingual books for the Spanish-speaking families in our program, and to our partners and in-kind donors for hosting collection drives and donating books for our children in New York and Boston. Special thanks to Early Learning Partner, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who generously matched all books donated during the drive. 

Reading aloud to children is proven to increase school readiness, establish deep emotional bonds between parent and child, and reduce stress for both. And studies show that having more books in the home propels children 2.4 years further in their education, regardless of economic status or a parent’s level of education. (1)  Through our early literacy program, Room to Grow provides low-income families with a home library and the support they need to instill a love of reading -- increasing the probability that children can start school on par with their middle-income peers and improve their chances of breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

To make a book donation or organize a collection drive, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in New York and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Boston. You can also purchase bilingual baby books for Room to Grow in New York and Boston

1. M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, Joanna Sikora, Donald J. Treiman. Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 2 nations. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 2010

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June | 2015
Bonpoint Book Drive
Children's boutique Bonpoint hosted a book drive for Room to Grow during the month of June at their stores in Manhattan. Books were donated at the end of the month in support of our early literacy efforts to foster language development and promote a shared love of reading. We are grateful to Bonpoint for their support! 


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Spring | 2015
Year in Review 2014 
Room to Grow New York is thrilled to celebrate a year of milestones and look ahead to more exciting work to come. Read our 2014 Annual Report here and learn how your support impact the lives of families and children in need.

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May 20 | 2015
Room to Grow Spring Gala
Tribeca Three Sixty, 10 Desbrosses Street, New York
We are pleased to share that our Spring Gala was a great success! The event raised vital funds that will allow us to continue providing parents with individualized support, guidance, and resources, so they can give their children the best possible start in life. A highlight of the evening was hearing from several Room to Grow families as they shared their stories. Their spirit, dedication and strength was inspiring, as well as their words, “We know that if we work hard, our dreams -- and our children's dreams -- will come true.”

Thank you to all the guests, donors and volunteers; with special thanks to Gala Chairs Risa and Harry Schessel, and Christi and Nick Wood; guest speaker Daphne Rubin-Vega, and all the committee members for their dedicated support. To view photos of the event, click here.

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May | 2015

Hoppi Box Partners with Room to Grow

We are happy to announce our partnership with Hoppi Box, a quarterly subscription service that delivers high quality toys supporting a baby’s early development, curiosity and imagination. Each box is especially tailored to the baby’s age and developmental stage and is curated by expert advisors who are child development specialists and educators. With each new subscription, Hoppi Box will donate a toy to Room to Grow, helping us in our efforts to promote learning through play. For more information and to subscribe, visit www.hoppibox.com.

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April | 2015
Room to Grow Hosted Bed & Bath Drive in April

Thank you to our wonderful supporters for donating bed and bath time essentials to our collection drive. With your help, Room to Grow promotes comfort, health, and safety for babies and bonding opportunities for their families. Every three months over the course of three years, families visit Room to Grow to meet with our staff social workers. In addition to receiving the parenting guidance, tools and resources to give their children the best possible start in their critical first three years of life, families receive the materials they need to establish nurturing bedtime routines.



We accept bed and bath essentials year-round. You can donate or hold a collection drive at your office or school. Essentials include new or nearly new:



Pajamas (sizes newborn to 5T)
sleeping sacks
receiving blankets
children’s blankets
crib sheets
bassinet sheets
infant bathtubs
baby wash & shampoo (new only)
infant and toddler toothbrush and toothpaste (new only)
towels and washcloths
bathrobes (sizes newborn to 5T)



For more information, please contact:
In New York: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 212.620.7800
In Boston: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 617.859.4545

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March | 2015
Celebrating Mother's Breakfast
Room to Grow celebrated 10 years helping babies being raised in poverty in Boston get the best possible start at the Celebrating Mothers Breakfast on May 8. Honored at the event were Julie Burns, Room to Grow’s founder, and Annie Ozoria, a mother in our program. We were also pleased to welcome special guest, George Foreman III who shared “fight laws” from his recent book, Fighting Spirit.

The breakfast kicked off with a videotaped welcome from Senator Elizabeth Warren who recognized the efforts of Room to Grow and its supporters as making a real difference for families in the Commonwealth. To see the video, click here.

The funds raised will enable Room to Grow to continue providing close to 400 families in Boston with the support and resources they need to give their children the best possible start in life. Thank you to all our guests and donors, with special thanks to our anniversary and host committees, and Life Enrichment Sponsors, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Blooms of Hope.

To view photos from the event, click here.

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March | 2015
10th Anniversary Year in Boston
This year, Room to Grow is celebrating 10 years serving families in Boston. Initially, Room to Grow in Boston had the capacity to serve close to 50 families.  We have expanded over the past decade and now work with nearly 400 babies helping to build a strong foundation during their critical first three years of development. As a result of Room to Grow Boston providing more than 15,500 hours of clinical guidance and support and distributing close to 220,000 baby items with a market value of approximately $8 million to hundreds of families, their children now have a better chance of reaching their full potential and breaking the cycle of poverty. We are very grateful for the support of many individuals and corporations that have helped us reach this important milestone and are excited to celebrate at special events and programs throughout 2015.

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January | 2015
Chronicle Program Features Room to Grow
WCVB’s Chronicle show in Boston on December 23rd focused on local nonprofits making a difference and Room to Grow was featured. Chronicle’s Shayna Seymour spoke to Room to Grow clients about their experiences with the program and its impact. The Chronicle television series on WCVB explores where to go, what to do and what’s new, fun and interesting in New England. See the segment, titled Bringing up Baby here. 

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2014

December 7 | 2014
NASH Matters with Kelly Ford and Room to Grow
On December 7th, New York Executive Director Allyson Crawford was interviewed on NASH FM 94.7’s public affairs program, NASH Matters with Kelly Ford. Click to hear their discussion about about Room to Grow and the critical importance of investing in early childhood development.

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December 7 | 2014
Partnership Launch with UrbanSitter at Little Swappies
Room to Grow New York is pleased to announce a partnership with UrbanSitter, an online resource where parents go to find and book babysitters recommended by people they know. The partnership launched at the December 7th Little Swappies event, where families can swap their new and gently used children’s books, clothes and toys for something new and different. For every new parent that signs up on UrbanSitter and books their first sitter using the code GIVEROOM25, Room to Grow will receive a donation of $20 in support of our work enriching the lives of babies born into poverty during their critical first three years of life. Remaining items brought to the swap were also be donated to Room to Grow.

For more information about Little Swappies and upcoming swaps, visit www.littleswappies.com. For more information about UrbanSitter, visit www.urbansitter.com/promo/roomtogrow.

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November - December | 2014
Holiday Toy Drive
Thanks to all who gave the gift of play and learning this holiday season by contributing to our annual Holiday Toy Drive. We know that children - especially young children - learn through play. Children develop motor skills as they learn to reach, grasp, crawl and balance. Toys and puzzles help children learn colors, numbers and shapes, enhancing memory skills as well as their attention spans. And group play encourages cooperation, sharing and following rules - important skills children carry throughout school and into adulthood.

Children enrolled in our program receive five educational toys at every 3 month visit to guide and sustain their developmental growth. You can give Room to Grow children the opportunity to imagine, learn and play year-round.

To learn more about how to donate toys or organize a collection drive, contact:
In New York: Elaine Chow at 212.620.7800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
In Boston: Emily Epstein at 617.859.4545 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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November 14 | 2014
Fall Gala in Boston – Ready, Set, Grow!
400 supporters gathered for Room to Grow’s annual Fall Gala to enjoy a night of spectacular entertainment and cuisine and to support babies born into poverty. Uma Thurman, actress and founding board member, introduced Dontashia Smith, a mother in Room to Grow’s program who was honored for her dedication to ensuring a brighter future for herself and her son. Dontashia shared how Room to Grow has helped her gain confidence and strength, “Room to Grow was the key to unlocking the parent I wanted to be.”

The funds raised at the gala will help provide nearly 400 babies in Boston with the support and resources they need to get the best possible start in life.

Special thanks to honorary co-chairs Julie and Ken Burns and Uma Thurman; co-chairs Caroline and Peter Conlin, Steffanie and Lou Merloni, and Laura Tomasetti and David Beardsley; Life Enrichment Sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, KPMG, CVS Health, Blooms of Hope, CBRE New England, Eastern Bank, Sarah and Josh Greenhill, and Don and Victoria Sullivan; and Magazine Sponsor, The Improper Bostonian.

To view photos of the event, click here.

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October | 2014
CGI Gets it Right on Early Childhood
From Room to Grow New York Executive Director, Allyson Crawford:

“I am excited to share that Room to Grow participated in the recent 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in NYC. Founding Board member Uma Thurman and I were invited to participate in the panel discussion, "Starting from Zero: The Unrivaled Importance of Early Childhood," moderated by New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof. It was an incredibly stimulating conversation and a pleasure to engage with like-minded advocates about early childhood development and breaking the cycle of poverty.” Click here to read more.

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October 29 | 2014
New York Power Breakfast: Balancing Happiness
Room to Grow's annual fundraising breakfast, held at City Winery on October 29th, was an outstanding success. The lively discussion between Brooke Shields and Gretchen Rubin on the topic of happiness generated spirited conversation amongst our 175 attendees. Thank you to everyone who attended, with special thanks to Event Co-Chairs Jen and Rob Dowd, Maggie and Amor Towles, Patty and Steve Valentino, Megan and Jon Wolff; Event Committee Members Jennifer Anikst, Irene Anschlowar, Maggie Borner, Victoria Feliton, Diana Gardere, Jackie & Chris Keber, Maxine Lee & David Vincent, Wendie Lopez, Elizabeth & J.B. Lowe, Gina & Kenneth Marinelli, Heather McAuliffe, Christi & Nick Wood; Lead Sponsor Duane Reade Charitable Foundation; Principal Sponsor Harbinger Group Inc.; Patron Sponsors Pearhead and Tervis; and Contributing Sponsor United Talent Agency, for their dedication and support.

To see photos from the event, click here.

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Fall | 2014
Celebrating Milestones at Room to Grow
Click here to read our New York fall newsletter; celebrate a year of milestones, give the gift of play and learn more about Room to Grow's 2014 Power Breakfast Inspiration Award Recipient.

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September | 2014

Bright Horizons – Boston Collection Site for September and October


Bright Horizons, a leading provider of early education and preschools, is now collecting new and nearly new clothes, toys, books, supplies and gear for Room to Grow during the months of September and October at their Brighton and Fan Pier centers. Items collected will immediately benefit babies and toddlers being raised in poverty during their critical first 3 years. For more information about Bright Horizons, visit their website at www.brighthorizons.com.


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July 1 - September 30 | 2014

Summer Reading & Back to School Book Drive

The Summer Reading & Back to School Book Drive was a great success. Room to Grow received over 4,000 books for the families in our program. Special thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Publishing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Orca Book Publishers, Penguin Young Readers, School Zone and Simon and Schuster for their generous contributions, to our supporters who purchased bilingual books for the Spanish-speaking families in our program and to our partners and in-kind donors for hosting collection drives and donating books for our children in New York and Boston.

The need is great - studies show that the ratio of books to children in low-income communities is one book for every 300 children.  In middle-income households, the ratio is 13 books to one child. (1) With your help, Room to Grow works to close that gap. In our early literacy program, children take home 40 books every year, while parents receive support and instruction on how to nurture language development. Our social work team emphasizes the importance of daily book sharing and models ways to relate words to images and ideas. By providing low-income families with a library of more than 130 books and the support they need to instill a love of learning, Room to Grow increases the probability that children will start school on a level playing field with their middle-income peers and improve their chances of breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

To learn more about making a book donation or organizing a book drive, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in New York and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Boston.  You can also purchase bilingual baby books for Room to Grow in New York and Boston year round.

1. Susan B. Neuman and David K. Dickinson, eds. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2 (New York, 2006) p. 3

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June | 2014

Why I Care: Uma Thurman's Personal Story

Founding Board Member Uma Thurman shares how she began her close relationship with Room to Grow in the June 30th issue of People Magazine. Click here to read her story. 

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June | 2014
Four Stars for Room to Grow!
Room to Grow is excited to receive a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. With so many nonprofits seeking support, Charity Navigator works to 'guide intelligent giving' by highlighting charities for their accountability, transparency and financial performance - and thereby providing donors with vital information to give them greater confidence in the giving choices they make. According to Ken Berger, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, the designation of four out of a possible four stars "...differentiates Room to Grow from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust." With an overall score of 62.69 out of 70, we are pleased to find ourselves in the company of exceptional nonprofits across the country working hard to mitigate the effects of childhood poverty. To see our rating page, click here

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June | 2014
Friends Report
Room to Grow is thrilled to celebrate another year of milestones in New York. Read our report to learn how your support directly impact the lives of the families and children we serve.

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June | 2014

Learning Express Toys in Needham and Sudbury are now Permanent Collection Sites

Learning Express Toys in Needham and Sudbury are now permanent collection sites for Room to Grow in Boston. Customers of Learning Express Toys, the nation’s leading franchisor of educational toy stores, can now bring new and nearly new clothes, toys, books, feeding supplies and baby gear appropriate for children birth to age 3 to the Needham and Sudbury stores. 
 Donations collected at LE Toys will be provided to families in Room to Grow’s program to help ensure a brighter future for their children. Room to Grow is grateful for the generosity of Learning Express Toys, its customers and the greater Boston community who make it possible for the organization to serve close to 400 families in Boston. For more information about Learning Express Toys, visit their website at www.learningexpress.com

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Summer | 2014
Reading, Movies and Happiness!
Click here to read our New York summer newsletter; see us in People!; share a love of summer reading and hear Lucas' story. 

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May 8 | 2014
Room to Grow Celebrating Mothers Breakfast
Langham, Boston
Room to Grow's Celebrating Mothers Breakfast was a wonderful morning filled with joy, hope and promise. Supporters of Room to Grow came together to honor two remarkable women: Susan Lynch, a mother enrolled in Room to Grow's program who is overcoming the challenges of raising a baby in poverty and Saskia Epstein, outgoing CEO of Room to Grow who has for the past six years made an incredible difference to the organization and the community.  The funds raised will enable Room to Grow to continue providing close to 400 families in Boston with the support and resources they need to give their children the best possible start in life.

Thank you to all the guests and donors, with special thanks to co-chairs Bithiah Carter and Brooke Thurston, Life Enrichment Sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Magazine Sponsor, The Improper Bostonian.

To view photos of the event, click here

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May | 2014
Clementine Consigns for Room to Grow
 New York
Room to Grow New York is excited to join Clementine Consignment's "Consign for a Cause" program! By consigning your new or gently-worn maternity clothes on behalf of Room to Grow, a portion of the proceeds from the sales will be donated directly to our parenting support program. To participate, please visit Clementine's website for information on acceptable brands and clothing items, or call 212.228.9333. No appointments necessary for drop off; please indicate that you are consigning on behalf of Room to Grow.

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May | 2014
MyGym Boston Now a Permanent Collection Site
We are pleased to announce that MyGym Boston will be a permanent collection site for Room to Grow in their Boston and Newton locations. MyGym Boston offers safe, age-appropriate, fun and self-esteem building gym classes, camp and birthday parties for kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years. MyGym also continues to support Room to Grow with their Birthday Party Donation Option where MyGym helps turns gifts and goody bags into good deeds.

MyGym Boston will collect much needed new and nearly-new clothes (sizes infant to 5T), shoes (sizes newborn - 13), books, bibs, bedding, feeding and safety supplies, towels, and toys for Room to Grow. These collected items will immediately benefit babies and toddlers in our program being raised in poverty during their critical first three years. In addition, four times a year, MyGym Boston will hold a baby gear collection drive for the larger items Room to Grow needs including bassinets, bathtubs, booster seats, bouncy seats, exersaucers, high chairs, play mats, strollers and large toys For more information about MyGym Boston, visit their website at www.mygymboston.com

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May and April | 2014
Little Swappies goes to Brooklyn and Room to Grow New York!
Room to Grow New York is thrilled to partner with Little Swappies, where families can swap their new and gently used children's books, clothes and toys for something new and different. This year, they hosted their first Brooklyn swap on Sunday, April 27th at Kane Street Early Childhood & Family Life Center. Their Manhattan swap was held on Saturday, May 31st at Avenues: The World School. Kids and families enjoyed free babysitting, raffle prizes, gift bags, free food and drinks, and more. Remaining items brought to the swap were donated to Room to Grow. For more information on their next swap, visit www.littleswappies.com.

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April | 2014
Room to Grow Pajama Drive

Thanks to our wonderful supporters for contributing to our annual pajama drive and helping us keep babies safe while they sleep. Every three months over the course of three years, families come to Room to Grow to meet with our staff social workers. In addition to receiving the parenting guidance they need to provide for their children in their critical first three years, families receive pajamas at every visit. With nearly 400 babies seen at each of our two sites, Room to Grow is in need of many pairs of pajamas so babies have sleepwear that fits and is appropriate for every season.

Studies have shown that loose clothing and bedding may prevent a baby from breathing properly at night, which has been linked to SIDS. Snug-fitting pajamas and sleep sacks are the safest options for infant and toddlers. Please consider donating new or nearly new pajamas in sizes infant to 5T, or holding a drive at your office or school throughout the year. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Boston or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in New York.

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April | 2014
Magic Beans Collects for Boston
Magic Beans, a Boston-based retailer that sells a handpicked collection of toys, baby gear and modern nursery furniture, is now collecting new and nearly new clothes, toys, books, supplies and gear for Room to Grow during the month of April in their Brookline and Wellesley stores. Items collected will immediately benefit babies and toddlers being raised in poverty during their critical first three years. For more information about Magic Beans, visit their website at www.mbeans.com

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April 8 | 2014
Room to Grow New York Spring Gala
Capitale, New York
Room to Grow is pleased to share that our Spring Gala was a fantastic success! The event raised nearly $545,000, critical funds that will allow Room to Grow to continue providing guidance and resources to many hundreds of parents so they can give their children a fighting chance, despite difficult economic circumstances. Thank you to all the guest and donors, with special thanks to Gala Chairs Julie and Ken Burns, and Uma Thurman and Arpad Busson; Inspiration Award Presenter Josh Lucas, Gala Committee Chairs Mary Cannon and Lydia Fenet, and all the committee members for their help and support. To view photos from the event, click here.

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January - March | 2014

Oh Baby! Fitness Classes at Room to Grow in Boston

Room to Grow in Boston is excited to be a new location partner for Oh Baby! Fitness. Mom & Baby Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga classes will now be offered on Thursday evenings in our program space. Class participants are also encouraged to bring new and gently used baby essentials to donate to Room to Grow families. Oh Baby! Fitness, which used to be located in Isis Parenting, offers prenatal, and mom and baby exercise classes designed to give new and expectant moms a place to find support, get fit and bond with their babies. For class times, prices and to register, please click here.

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February | 2014

Annual Shoe Drive

Help Room to Grow in Boston put quality shoes on nearly 400 infants and toddlers being raised in poverty. Many of our clients will take their first steps in these shoes, while others will master walking, running and jumping. Families enrolled in our 3-year program often can't afford quality footwear. Your gift will bring warmth and comfort to many growing feet. We have a need for sneakers, play shoes and boots in infant/toddler sizes 0-10 for boys and girls. Our most urgent need is for winter boots in sizes 3-8 for boys, 8-9 in girls, and boys’ sneakers size 8. We also need toddler socks. Click here for a poster to help get your shoe drive started. Deliver all shoes to Room to Grow at 142 Berkeley Street in Boston. 

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January | 2014

Share Your Love of Shoes with Room to Grow
 New York
Online children's accessories retailer Friendly Rooster and shoe brand Tip Toey Joey are working together to help infants in need. As part of their charity campaign, "Share Your Love of Shoes," for every Tip Toey Joey shoe sold, a pair of infant shoes will be donated to Room to Grow. Tip Toey Joey infant and toddler shoes are soft and nonrestrictive, allowing babies' feet, balance and posture to develop properly. Help give our early walkers the appropriate footwear to take their first steps safely and with confidence. To learn more about this cause and purchase shoes, click here.

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January | 2014

Isis Parenting Impact

All of us at Room to Grow have been concerned to learn about the closing of Isis Parenting. Isis did more than provide an array of wonderful services to new parents in our community; each of its locations also served as permanent collection sites to support parents in our program who are raising their babies while living in poverty. Every week, Isis customers donated new and lightly used essential items such as clothing, books, toys and baby gear at Isis Parenting, which in turn were delivered to Room to Grow to distribute to families facing significant financial challenges. The partnership between Room to Grow and Isis Parenting produced more than 30% of our inventory, and now we need to fill the void!  Please send suggestions of businesses that may be interested in partnering with Room to Grow to help fill this important need. Contact us for information about hosting a collection drive in your neighborhood, school or office.

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2013

Through December 24 | 2013
Giving Tree
Shops at Prudential Center, Boston
Visit the Giving Tree next to the customer service desk at the Shops at Prudential Center until December 24. Every ornament on the tree has a holiday wish from a Room to Grow child or parent, and we need your help to fulfill them. 

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December 9 | 2013
Room to Grow New York Family Holiday Party and Toy Drive
This year's holiday party was hosted by Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, who presented a "boat lighting" event and holiday gathering. Room to Grow families enjoyed refreshments, music, photos with Santa and a cruise to the Statue of Liberty and back. Each child also received a gift of a brand new, educational toy.

Thanks to all who purchased gifts from the Rosie Hippo toy registry and help made this year's party truly special. Special thanks to Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Legends Hospitality, L'Oreal USA, Rosie Hippo Toys and Sharpshooter for making this year's event possible. To see photos from the party, click here.

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December 7 | 2013 | 685 Mass Ave. | Arlington
December 14 | 2013 | 19 Harvard St. | Brookline
Gift Wrapping at Henry Bear's Park
Buy your holiday gifts at Henry Bear's Park in Arlington and Brookline, and have them gift wrapped to support Room to Grow. For every dollar raised, Henry Bear's Park will donate an equal value of toys to the children in our program.

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November - December | 2013
Room to Grow Holiday Toy Drive
Thanks to all who brought holiday cheer to Room to Grow families by contributing to our Holiday Toy Drive. Children enrolled in our program receive five educational toys at every visit to guide and sustain their developmental growth. Your gift immediately impacts Room to Grow children by giving them opportunities to imagine, learn and play -- something that is so often taken for granted, but so greatly appreciated by families who cannot afford to purchase toys. We accept toys all year round and if you would like to organize a toy drive, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in New York and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Boston.

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November 16 | 2013
Room to Grow Fall Gala
Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston
Room to Grow raised more than $450,000 at its annual Fall Gala supporting babies in poverty, and the Copley Marriott was buzzing with more than 500 friends of the organization. Room to Grow mother Stephanie Pimentel was honored for her dedication to ensuring a brighter future for herself and her twin daughters, Lissette and Melanie, and the Burton Family was honored for their commitment to making dreams come true for our community's most at-risk children. New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater presented an award to Ron Burton Sr.’s three sons, Ron Burton Jr. of the Red Sox Foundation, Steve Burton, sportscaster at WBZ-TV, and Paul Burton, WBZ-TV news reporter. Their father, a former Boston Patriots player, established the Ron Burton Training Village to give at-risk youth an opportunity to embrace athletics, while also building character and developing important life skills. His children continue to run the business today. Throughout the Room to Grow Fall Gala, guests bid on auction items with their iPhones and Androids, and some lucky bidders walked away with a walk-on role in “Business Trip” starring Vince Vaughn, a dining experience with Chef Paul Wahlberg, and a trip to Chicago to hang with Cubs President Theo Epstein.

Thank you to all of our guests, volunteers, supporters, and especially our Fall Gala chairs Beth and Jamie Athanasoulas, Kristina Hare Lyons and Patrick Lyons, Steffanie and Lou Merloni, and Laura Tomasetti and David Beardsley. Room to Grow is successful, because of your dedication to our program. Click here for photos.

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November | 2013
Pin it to Give it
Munchkin donated infant and toddler items to Room to Grow following a successful Pinterest campaign. For every image pinned using #ISureCouldUseAnotherHand during the month of November, Munchkin donated one Safe Step Gate with TripGuard (tm) to Room to Grow to help our mobile toddlers stay safe at home. The company also donated other baby essentials, including teethers and feeding supplies to support healthy nutritional development.

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October 24 | 2013
Conversation with Boston Mayoral Candidates
Boston Children's Museum, Boston
Room to Grow was a co-sponsor at the Boston Children's Museum on Thursday, October 24, at 6 p.m., for a conversation with the two Boston Mayoral candidates. City Councilor John Connolly and Representative Martin Walsh each shared their vision for children and families in Boston regarding early childhood and education. They have committed to talking about their plans for closing the achievement and opportunity gaps. The achievement gap is evident long before children enter school, and we will not succeed in closing it unless we target resources to improve early learning and healthy child development. Each candidate talked for 45 minutes with Councilor Connolly taking the floor at 6:45 p.m. and Representative Walsh speaking at 8 p.m.

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October 22 | 2013
Parents Power Breakfast: Family & Food for Thought
Room to Grow New York hosted its annual Parents Power Breakfast on Tuesday, October 22nd at Riverpark. Adam Rapoport, Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appétit Magazine Adam Rapoport led a discussion exploring contemporary parenthood with a focus on family and food. The featured speakers were Chef Tom Colicchio and Director Lori Silverbush, who addressed how parents can help their children develop a healthy relationship with eating and empower them to make smart nutritional choices. Thank you to all the guests and sponsors, with special thanks to Event Co-Chairs Mary Cannon, Alexandra of Greece and Rachel Mauro; Event Committee Members Anne Sullivan Cotton, Mona DAtillio, Jennifer Dowd, Claire Ellis, Nicole Greene, Courtney Harwood, Grace Lin, Amory McAndrew, Jenny Tartikoff, Patty Valentino, Tania Vargas and Sarah Von Der Ahe; Lead Sponsor Duane Reade; and Contributing Sponsors Happy Family, Pearhead and Tervis, for their tremendous help and support. To see photos from the event, click here.

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October | 2013
Friends Report
Room to Grow New York is thrilled to celebrate another year of milestones. Read our Friends Report here and learn how your support impact the lives of families and children in need.

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September 29 | 2013
Fashion Show to Benefit Room to Grow Boston
Brookline Teen Center
Room to Grow and the new Brookline Teen Center both have the desire and commitment to keep kids strong. Room to Grow CEO Saskia Epstein aims to make both ventures a success, along with her husband Paul who runs the Teen Center. Saskia's mother-in-law Ilene and her business partners at the Studio, a hip clothing store that has been giving back to the community for 35 years, will support Room to Grow and the Brookline Teen Center with a fall fashion show and taste of Brookline at the newly opened Brookline Teen Center on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Ticket proceeds benefit both organizations aimed at giving children and teens a secure start and path in life. The Brookine Teen Center is located at 40 Aspinwall Avenue in Brookline. 

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September 12 | 2013
Young Professionals Council Launch Party
Seaport Boston Hotel, Boston
Room to Grow hosted an exciting Young Professionals Council Launch Party at the Seaport Hotel on September 12. It attracted dozens of young professionals looking to share their expertise to  support Room to Grow's mission. The group enjoyed cocktails and savory treats while learning about the depth of volunteer activities at Room to Grow to support babies in poverty. 

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August - September |2013
Back to School Book Drive
Thanks to your generosity, Room to Grow received over 5,000 books through our annual Back to School Book Drive. Special thanks to Abrams Books, appleseeds, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Augusta's Dragon book, Karin Hansen, Baker & Tayor Publishing, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dawn Publications, DK Publishing, First Book, Free Spirit Publishing, Houghton Mifflin, Imago USA, KidsBooks, Orca Book Publishers, Penguin Young Readers, School Zone, Simon & Schuster and Sundance Publishing for their generous contributions of brand new books. We are also grateful to supporters who purchased bilingual books for the Spanish-speaking families in our program and to in-kind partners for hosting collection drives and donating books to children in need in New York and Boston.

Through our early literacy program, every Room to Grow child receives 10 books at each visit, while parents receive encouragement and instruction on how to engage in active reading. Our social workers emphasize the importance of daily book sharing and model ways to relate words to images and ideas. Many parents say that in addition to the guidance they receive, books are one of the most important items they are given. "I am grateful, because without Room to Grow, my daughter and I wouldn't have any books to read together at home."

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August - September | 2013
Fashion Project to Benefit Room to Grow
Room to Grow is excited to announce our new partnership with Fashion Project, an online luxury boutique that lets you donate and shop the labels you love for the causes you choose. You donate designer clothing, shoes and handbags, and Fashion Project sells them to benefit Room to Grow -- with 100 times the financial impact of a standard thrift store.

So, what can you do today? Shop the Nicole Miller collection to benefit Room to Grow on FashionProject.com. Plus, more designer labels have been added to benefit Room to Grow. The majority of the proceeds will directly support our program dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty. Thank you for helping Fashion Project and Room to Grow make fashion a force for good. 

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August | 2013
Playtex Baby for Room to Grow
Playtex Baby donated 10.000 feeding supplies to Room to Grow following a very successful Facebook campaign. For every "like" the company received in February, Room to Grow received an essential baby item. The core of our mission is to ensure every child's healthy development, and with the Playtex Baby donation, we are able to distribute age-appropriate bottles, sippy cups, plates and bowls to every family in our program.

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August | 2013
Friends Report
Room to Grow is thrilled to celebrate another year of milestones. Read our Friends Report here and learn how your support impact the lives of families and children in need.

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June 28 | 2013
Red Sox Wives Book Drive
Fenway Park, Boston
The Red Sox Wives collected nearly 500 new and lightly used books for Room to Grow babies at the Red Sox - Toronto Bluejays game on Friday, June 28. Kelli Pedroia, wife of Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, came up with the idea, saying “when we learned of the organization’s need for children’s books, we thought rallying Red Sox fans to donate books at the ballpark was one small way we could help.” Every fan who donated a book was entered into a raffle for two tickets to a future 2013 regular season game. Every fan who donates a book will be entered into a raffle for two tickets to a future 2013 regular season game.Room to Grow continues to have an urgent need for board books in English and Spanish that are appropriate for newborns to age 3.

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June 25 | 2013
Chamber of Commerce Honors Saskia Epstein
Room to Grow's CEO, Saskia Epstein, was honored with a TOYL award on June 25th at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce selected her as one of ten outstanding young leaders (TOYL) in Boston. She was presented with the award by Paul Guzzi, CEO and President of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and WCVB's Kelley Tuthill. Click here to read more about Saskia and the other young leaders.

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May 21 | 2013
Drool Baby Expo, Boston
We were excited to join our friends from Magic Beans for their annual Drool Baby Expo held at the Westin Waterfront. It was a great event featuring services and baby essentials for new and expectant parents. Guests had the opportunity to talk with people who create and sell top-of-the-line strollers, car seats, baby apparel, accessories, toys and more. Representatives from brands including Baby Bjorn, Baby Jogger, BOB, Britax, Bugaboo, Chicco, Diono, Ergo Baby, Orbit Baby, Skip Hop, Stokke and UPPAbaby were all in attendance. Many of these brands donated their product to Room to Grow for us to pass along to the families in our program--thank you! 

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May | 2013
Mother's Day Drive
Thank you to our wonderful supporters who honored a mom in their lives by supporting ours. Honorees received a Mother's Day card letting them know the impact of their special contribution to Room to Grow New York.

Our mothers want what all parents want: to be the best mothers they can be and to give their children the best possible start in life. Through our comprehensive program, we provide low-income mothers with one-on-one parenting education; essential items including clothing, books, toys and gear; and referrals to community services like housing assistance, mental health counseling and job training. You can still help deepen our impact and provide these critical resources to 350 mothers each year by making a gift.

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May 10 | 2013
Celebrating Mothers
To celebrate Mother’s Day, Room to Grow Boston honored four inspirational Boston women at a sold out benefit breakfast at the Taj Boston Hotel on Friday, May 10, at 8 a.m. Sheila Marcelo, Founder and CEO of Care.com; Sharon McNally, Chief of Staff at Connors Family Office; Kelli Pedroia, Community Volunteer and Wife of Red Sox Second Baseman Dustin Pedroia; and a recent Room to Grow graduate all spoke about their roles as moms and community leaders in Boston.

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April | 2013
Help Babies Sleep Safely
Room to Grow hosted a pajama drive in April to ensure every child in our program gets a good night's sleep. Research has shown that snug-fitting pajamas and wearable blankets are the safest options for infants and toddlers. Loose clothing and bedding may prevent a baby from breathing properly at night, which has been linked to SIDS and suffocation. At every visit, each child in our program receives all of the essentials that babies need, including wearable blankets and pajamas, while our social workers educate families on safe sleep as a necessity for healthy child development. Although the drive has ended, you can still participate by donating new and nearly new pajamas in the sizes we need most, 6 months to 3T, or hosting a pajama drive for Room to Grow. 

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March | 2013
Room to Grow New York Spring Toy Drive
Thanks to all our generous supporters who contributed to our Spring Toy Drive. Research proves that children - especially young children - learn through play. Play helps children to develop cognitively, socially and physically. Children develop gross motor skills as they learn to reach, grasp, crawl and balance. Toys and puzzles help children learn colors, numbers and shapes, enhancing memory skills as well as their attention spans. Group play encourages cooperation, sharing and following rules - important skills children carry throughout school and into adulthood. At every visit, each child enrolled in our program receives educational, age-appropriate toys while parents receive instruction on how to engage in active play with their children. Our social workers teach parents what play looks like at various stages between birth and three and how to identify successful child engagement. Parents are encouraged to select and use toys that their children will grow into, ensuring they continue to develop new skills.  

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March 23-24 | 2013
Kidville Opening Benefits Room to Grow Boston
As part of its grand opening celebration, Kidville in Wellesley supported Room to Grow as part of its grand opening celebration. Kidville features three classrooms for music, art and parenting classes, a state-of-the-art indoor playspace, a retail boutique and children’ salon. Families were encouraged to donate new or nearly new children’s clothing, sizes newborn to 5T for Room to Grow. Kidville is located at 34 Central Street in Wellesley. 

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February | 2013
Annual Shoe Drive
Room to Grow in Boston hosted its annual shoe drive during the month of February to help babies navigate their first steps safely. This year was extremely successful as many individuals and organizations  held drives to help us put footwear on the growing feet of babies being raised in poverty. A special thanks to Clarks as they donated over 800 pairs of shoes to help kick start the drive!

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February 14 | 2013
Blooms of Hope Valentine's Day Floral Sale

Blooms of Hope held its second annual Valentine's Day Floral sale to benefit Room to Grow Boston. Three beautiful bouquets were created by owner and Boston Advisory Board member, Nicole Pirani, for people to choose from and 100% of the profits were donated to Room to Grow. 

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February 9-14 | 2013
Necco Candy Shop to Benefit Room to Grow Boston
The New England Confectionery Company (Necco) celebrated the Valentine's Day season by opening their candy store located at Necco's world headquarters at Revere, MA, and all proceeds generated from the candy store sales were donated to Room to Grow. This event marked the first time the store had been open to the public in years, and Room to Grow was happy to be a part of it! 

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January 31 | 2013
Room to Grow New York Winter Gala
Mandarin Oriental, New York
Room to Grow is thrilled to share that our annual Winter Gala was a great success! The event raised $500,000, funds that are so important to ensuring that we provide vital, comprehensive services to the families and children we serve. Thank you to all the guests and donors, with special thanks to Founding Board Member and Gala Chair Uma Thurman, Client Inspiration Award Presenter Whoopi Goldberg, Honorary Co-Chairs Debra Messing, Sherri Shepherd and Liv Tyler, Steering Committee Chairs Claude Davis and Susan Petrie-Badertscher, and all the Steering and Host Committee Members for their help and support. To view photos from the event, click here.

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January - June | 2013
Blue State Coffee Supports Room to Grow Boston
Blue State Coffee is not your typical coffee shop but one that has a commitment to philanthropy, sustainability and community involvement, and they selected Room to Grow as one of four organizations to donate a percentage of sales for half of the year. Blue State Coffee is located at 957 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, so please support them as they have supported us. We received hundreds of votes to help us garner valuable funds to  enrich the lives of babies born into poverty. 

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2012

December | 2012
Room to Grow Holiday Toy Drive
'Twas the season to bring holiday cheer to families raising babies in poverty. Thanks to all who donated toys to Room to Grow during our Holiday Toy Drive. Children enrolled in our program receive five educational toys at every visit to guide and sustain their developmental growth. Your gift immediately impacted Room to Grow children by giving them opportunities to imagine, learn and play -- something that is often taken for granted, but so greatly appreciated by families who cannot afford to purchase educational toys themselves. 

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December 7 | 2012 

Fall Gala
The Westin Copley Place, Boston
Room to Grow Boston held its annual Fall Gala on December 7 at the Westin Copley Place. Chairs Krista and Steve Alperin, Beth and Jamie Athanasoulas, Lauren and Charlie Baker, and Steffanie and Lou Merloni joined the organization in honoring Paul Grogan of The Boston Foundation for his legendary commitment to the city of Boston and his passion for strengthening our neighborhoods. Room to Grow also honored Tamara Santiago, a mother in the program who has demonstrated great motivation and drive to ensure a brighter future for herself and her son.

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December 4 | 2012
Room to Grow New York Family Holiday Party
This year's family holiday party was a wonderful opportunity for Room to Grow families to celebrate the season together. Held on December 4th at Room to Grow, families and their children enjoyed milk and cookies with Santa. Parents received a present in honor of their dedication, and every child was given a special gift of a new educational toy from the Rosie Hippo registry. Thank you all who contributed and help made this event a great success!

Special thanks to L'Oreal USA, Rosie Hippo Toys, New York Cares and generous individual volunteers for making this event possible.

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November 14 | 2012
Parents Power Breakfast
Room to Grow New York hosted its second Parents Power Breakfast on Tuesday, November 14th at the Bryant Park Grill. NY1 anchor Roma Torre led a discussion exploring contemporary parenthood. The featured speaker was Mark K. Shriver, Senior Vice-President of Save the Children's U.S. Programs, who spoke about raising socially conscious children. Thank you to all the guests and sponsors, with special thanks to Event Committee members Lara Bergen, Mona DAtillio, Jennifer Dowd, Marjorie Goldner, Grace Lin, Amory McAndrew, Julie Sissman, Molly Snyder, Jennifer Allan Soros, Patty Valentino and Tania Vargas; Duane Reade, Lead Corporate Sponsor and TimeOut New York Kids, Official 2012 NY Media Sponsor, for their tremendous help and support. 

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October 28 | 2012
Pru Boo
Many joined Room to Grow at the Pru Boo for this family-friendly Halloween event, held on October 28th at the Prudential Center. Parents brought their children to trick-or-treat from store to store throughout the Shops at the Prudential Center, and enjoyed face painting, magic tricks and other spooky fun along the way. This event raised over $5,000 for Room to Grow Boston and provided many essential baby items to pass along to the families in our program. Thank you to everyone who joined us there! 

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October 6 - 13 | 2012
Toy for Toy
For one week in October, for every Melissa & Doug toy purchased at Learning Express, Melissa & Doug donated a toy to a Room to Grow child. Through the Toy for Toy event, Room to Grow received over 300 wonderful and innovative toys for the children in our program. Learning Express has chosen Room to Grow several times in the past year for charitable opportunities and we can't thank them enough for their outreach and efforts on our behalf.

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October 5 | 2012
A Night of Fashion with Michael De Paulo
The Liberty Hotel, Boston
Local designer Michael De Paulo presented his Spring 2013 collection and select pieces from his Fall 2012 collection on Friday, October 5th at The Liberty Hotel. The event benefitting Room to Grow was hosted by Linda Pizzuti Henry and presented by Shreve, Crump & Low. 

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September 27 - October 24 | 2012
Goat-Milk Kidware Campaign for Room to Grow New York
Room to Grow New York was pleased to partner with clothing line Goat-Milk Kidware for an online campaign and pop-up event in the fall of 2012. For every item purchased online and at the pop-up event hosted by retail store Warm, Goat-Milk donated a new article of clothing to Room to Grow. As a result of a successful campaign, Goat-Milk donated 150 pieces of warm clothing to Room to Grow - just in time for the winter. Thank you Goat-Milk and all those who purchased items in support of our work!

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September 25 | 2012
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Service Day
More than 70 employees from the Blue Crew volunteer squad at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) filled Room to Grow in Boston to build the program a new library. Volunteers counted, sorted and shelved thousands of books collected during our  Back to School Book Drive. Room to Grow was chosen to receive the helping hands, as well as a grant, because our work focuses on healthy child development, which is aligned with BCBSMA's core philosophy. Room to Grow is one of 30 Massachusetts nonprofits that benefitted from BCBSMA's annual service day. 

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September 20 | 2012
Open House and Champaign Toast
Room to Grow New York hosted our second annual open house and champagne toast on September 20, 2012. Supporters had the opportunity to meet with Room to Grow moms who spoke about their experiences and how much they value the parenting support they receive from our staff social workers. One mother acknowledged the audience in her remarks, making known how grateful she is with a simple, "thank you." Executive Director Andrea Salwen Kopel led the toast to another year of service providing critical support to low-income families raising babies in poverty.

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August - September 2012
Back to School Book Drive
The Back to School Book Drive was a great success. Room to Grow received over 4,000 books for the families in our program. Special thanks to Baker and Taylor, Candlewick Press, DK Publishing, Kingfisher Children's Books, Kumon Publishing, Pajama Program and Simon & Schuster for their generous contributions, to our supporters who purchased bilingual books for the Spanish-speaking families in our program and to our partners and in-kind donors for hosting collection drives and donating books for our children in New York and Boston.

Reading to children from birth is an experience that has proven to affect later success in learning. A typical middle-class child enters first grade with between 1,000 and 1,700 hours of one-on-one picture book reading, whereas a typical child from a low-income home enters first grade with approximately 25 such hours.(1) Room to Grow strives to narrow this gap through our early literacy program.

At every visit, each child enrolled in our program receives 10 books, while parents receive encouragement and instruction on how to engage in active reading and nurture language development. During their three years at Room to Grow, every child will build a home library of 130 books. By providing long-term individualized parenting support and all of the essential material items that enrich babies' environment and development, Room to Grow increases the probability that toddlers will enter school ready to learn and to meet their full potential in education and work - thereby making it more likely they will escape poverty as adults.

1. M.J. Adams, Learning to Read: Thinking and Learning About Print (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1990)

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May 15 | 2012
Parents Power Breakfast
Room to Grow New York hosted its first Parents Power Breakfast on Tuesday, May 15th. Award-winning journalist and TV personality Katie Couric led an inspiring and informative discussion on contemporary parenthood. The featured speaker was Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI) and author of more than forty-five books including Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Speaking from her personal experiences as a mother of two, Katie interviewed Ellen on how to raise children to take on challenges. In addition, Room to Grow mom Danielle Sullivan spoke about her journey as a scared, young mother who found support and confidence over the past two and a half years through Room to Grow and her social worker La Shell Wooten. Held at the Bryant Park Grill, the event was a lovely celebration of the joys and challenges of parenthood.

Thank you to all the guests and sponsors, with special thanks to Event Committee members Lara Bergen, Grace Lin, Amory McAndrew, Molly Snyder, Jenny Tartikoff, Patty Valentino, and Lilly Weekes; and TimeOut New York Kids, Official 2012 NY Media Sponsor, for their tremendous help and support.

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May 15 | 2012
Drool Baby Expo
The Cyclorama, Boston
Room to Grow attended Magic Beans second annual Drool Baby Expo on May 15, at the Cyclorama in Boston. The Drool Expo showcases all new baby gear and services for new and expectant parents in and around Boston. Guests were able to stop by the Room to Grow booth to learn more about our program and how to donate their gently used baby items. 

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May 10 - 11 | 2012
Tadpole's Toy, Book & Clothing Swap
Tadpole, South End
Tadpole hosted its 2012 Toy, Book & Clothing "Spring Cleaning" Swap. Shoppers were able to trade their lightly used toys, books and clothing for items that were new to them. All leftover items were donated to Room to Grow Boston and were passed along to the families in our program. 

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May 7 | 2012
Celebrating Inspirational Women and Mothers
On Monday, May 7th Room to Grow Boston hosted its third annual breakfast, co-chaired by journalist Carol Beggy and Linda Holliday at The Four Seasons. Kerry and Bill Brett, well-known Boston photojournalists, joined Room to Grow to celebrate women profiled in their most recent book Boston, Inspirational Women. The program included a panel discussion moderated by Mary Richardson, with Wendy Semonian Eppichof The Improper Bostonian, Joanne Jaxtimer of BNY Mellon, Trish Karter of Dancing Deer Baking Co., Harriet Lewis of Grand Circle Corporaton, and Mary Reed founder of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children. Room to Grow paid tribute to all of the amazing women profiled in the book and honored a mother enrolled in the Room to Grow program. 

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May 6 | 2012|
Listen to Your Mother
Listen to Your Mother is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. Born of the creative work of mothers who publish online, each production is directed, produced and performed by local communities, for local communities. The first New York City production of Listen to Your Mother was held on Sunday, May 6th at The JCC Manhattan’s Goldman-Sonnefeldt Auditorium. From laughter to sorrow, to tributes and wishes, the readings celebrated motherhood to the fullest to a packed audience. Listen to Your Mother NYC donated 10% of proceeds from ticket sales to Room to Grow New York. Thank you to all who made this event a great success!

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May 5 – 6 | 2012
Shop Lucky Finds for Room to Grow New York
Designed to help families in the city recycle, resell and reuse new and “like new” designer children’s clothing and brand name gear and toys, Shop Lucky Finds’ first two-day shopping event was held at the Museum of Motherhood (401 East 84th Street and 1st Avenue) on Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th. Unsold clothing from the event was donated to Room to Grow. To learn more about the next shopping event, visit www.shopluckyfinds.com.

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April 22 | 2012
Citibabes CitiScavenger Hunt
On April 22nd, Citibabes hosted a family fun scavenger hunt, starting and ending at the club with brief detours through SoHo neighborhood favorites like giggle, YogaWorks, Georgetown Cupcake and more. At each stop, children participated in activities inspired by summer travel, and ended the day with a big "welcome home" party featuring live music, arts & crafts, and ice cream. A portion of the proceeds was donated to Room to Grow. In addition, for each new Facebook "like" and Twitter follower during the month of April, Citibabes donated $1 to Room to Grow New York. Thanks to all who participated!

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April 22 | 2012
The Great giggle Giveback
In celebration of Earth Day, giggle hosted The Great giggle Giveback to collect needed baby items for Room to Grow Boston including equipment such as safety gear, bassinets and high-chairs. Items were recycled at giggle in Dedham on April 22 and were distributed by Room to Grow to families in need. 

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February – March | 2012
Health and Nutrition Drive
Thanks to all our supporters who contributed to our health and nutrition drive. Room to Grow provides information on proper feeding and nutrition for growing babies, as well as the practical material items essential for nourishment. Along with support and instructions on healthy eating and feeding, parents receive breast pumps, bottles, sippy cups, food mills, storage containers, toddler plates, bowls and utensils. 

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February 14 | 2012
Blooms of Hope Valentine's Day Floral Sale
Blooms of Hope is a unique floral business that donates a % of its proceeds to charity and is an important partner of Room to Grow Boston. For many years floral designer Nicole Pirani has been delivering floral arrangements each month to beautify our family meeting rooms. This Valentine's Day, floral bouquet were sold by Blooms of Hope and 100% of the proceeds benefited Room to Grow. Flowers were picked up on February 14th from Room to Grow's new offices which gave customers an opportunity to get a first glimpse of our new headquarters. Learn more about our friends at Blooms of Hope at www.bloomsofhopefloral.com.

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February 6 | 2012
Celebrate Room to Grow
Room to Grow New York is pleased to report that our annual winter Gala was a great success. Held at the Mandarin Oriental, the event raised over $580,000. These funds are so vitally important to the 300 families we serve each year, allowing Room to Grow to provide the education and resources our parents need to give their children the best start in life. As our Client Inspiration Honoree Iris Torres so eloquently said, “We all want to be great parents, but we all need guidance.” Recording artist Laurie Berkner was presented with the Founder's Award, celebrating her work and creativity in music for children.

Thank you to all the guests and donors, with special thanks to Chairs Uma Thurman, Julie and Ken Burns, Liv Tyler, Sunrise and Mark Ruffalo, and Julianna Margulies, Steering Committee Chairs Karen and Ted Casey and Christi and Nick Wood, and all the Steering and Host Committee Members for their tremendous help and support. 

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February | 2012
Room to Grow's New Space in Boston
In February, Room to Grow relocated its program and offices into a beautiful new 6,800 sq. ft. space at 142 Berkeley Street. The expanded space will enable Room to Grow to serve hundreds of additional families, and comfortably welcome volunteer groups daily. 

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January 28 | 2012
Magic Beans Back Bay Grand Opening Celebration
Magic Beans opened its fifth store location in The Shops at Prudential Center and decided to commemorate their opening alongside National Kazoo Day. Magic Beans gave out free Kazoos and organized a Kazoo Flash Mob to commemorate the occasion. Additionally, customers enjoyed a visit from Elmo and some delicious sweet treats from Pinkberry! Magic Beans partnered with Room to Grow Boston and Mommy Niri Cares and sold raffle tickets to help Room to Grow provide services and essentials for families struggling with poverty. In addition, a % of the proceeds from the weekend's sales benefited Room to Grow. 

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Winter | 2012
Annual Shoe Drive, Boston
We hosted our third annual shoe drive. New and lightly used shoes, appropriate for newborns to age three, were collected at dozens of locations around the Greater-Boston area. Clarks generously donated over 900 pairs of shoes, and we collected hundreds more. 

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2012
ProKids Tee for Tee
Learning Express Toys and ProMom Couture teamed up to support Room to Grow. ProMom Couture is a tee shirt company that celebrates motherhood with style, so founders Vicki and Jill couldn't think of a better nonprofit organization to benefit from the sale of exclusively designed ProKids tees than Room to Grow. For every shirt purchased during an allotted time period in 2012, another tee was donated to a Room to Grow child. Room to Grow received 140 fashionable shirts.

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2012
Consider Giving Books
Room to Grow is pleased to partner with GivingSomething, an online platform that helps supporters donate goods to nonprofits. The company is featuring our wishlist of parenting and children’s books, specially selected by our social workers. As part of our efforts to promote early literacy, every Room to Grow child receives ten books at every visit, while parents are provided with instruction on how to nurture language development and a love of reading. Room to Grow also provides customized parenting support and books on child-rearing topics such as sleep, potty training and nutrition. “To give is to receive,” and GivingSomething is helping us continue to serve families in need.

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2011

December | 2011

Room to Grow Holiday Toy Drive
Supporters delivered toys to Room to Grow throughout the month of December to help bring holiday cheer to families in need. Many families organized collection drives in their neighborhoods, schools and offices. We are so grateful for the wonderful generosity of our community.

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December 18 | 2011
Santa's Little Helper
Dozens of families visited Room to Grow Boston to fill Santa's sack with toys for the children in our prorgram. It was a great opportunity for supporters to enjoy a seasonal drink and cookie, and to learn about our program. Little visitors got to share their holiday wishes with Santa too!

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December 18 | 2011
Henry Bear's Park Gift Wrapping
Henry Bear's Park, 19 Harvard St., Brookline
Room to Grow volunteers helped to decorate your presents with bows and ribbons for a small donation to support Room to Grow in Boston. Plus, Henry Bear's Park matched the amount with a donation of toys for the babies in our program. Thank you to everyone involved in this win-win fundraising event!

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December 13 | 2011
Room to Grow New York Family Holiday Party and Toy Drive
This year's party was a special opportunity for families raising children in challenging economic circumstances to celebrate the holidays together. Held on December 13th, Room to Grow families and their children enjoyed refreshments and music, created holiday crafts and had their photos taken with Santa. Parents received a gift in honor of their hard work, and every child was given a special present of a new educational toy from the Rosie Hippo registry. To all who contributed, thank you for helping make this event a great success!

Special thanks to The Altman Building, Creative Media Marketing, Inc., Eco Bags, L'Oreal USA, Magnolia Bakery, Manhattan Penthouse, Naturally Delicious Caterers, New York Cares, NYC Materials Exchange Development Program, Redken, Mary and Colbert Cannon, Carrie Shumway and Cory Carlesimo and generous individual sponsors for making this event possible.

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December 1-14 | 2011
Online Holiday Auction, Boston
Room to Grow's online holiday auction offered fabulous gifts,  while  giving buyers the ability to also support families in need in Boston.  We offered exciting travel, music and sports packages, plus many more creative presents. Bidding ended on Dec. 14.

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December 7 | 2011
Magic Beans Holiday Shopping in Boston
Magic Beans in Brookline, 312 Harvard Street, hosted a holiday shopping night for Room to Grow on Wednesday, December 7, from 7-9 p.m. Everyone who attended enjoyed charitable holiday shopping and sweets. 10% of all purchases came back to Room to Grow to benefit the children in our program.

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November 5 | 2011
Room to Grow Boston Fall Gala Honored T. Berry Brazelton, MD

Room to Grow honored T. Berry Brazelton, MD, at its annual Fall Gala on November 5, at the Boston Public Library. The organization also honored Room to Grow mom Mayra Santiago for her dedication raising a child with special needs. The Fall Gala was chaired by Room to Grow Founder Julie Burns and her husband, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Local TV legend Mary Richardson emceed the program. The Room to Grow Fall Gala is the nonprofit's largest fundraising event of the year to support parents raising babies in poverty with one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items including new and nearly new clothing, educational toys, books and baby gear for the child’s critical first three years of life. Dr. Brazelton, Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on pediatrics and child development. Author of more than 200 scholarly papers, he has also written 40 books on pediatrics, child development, and parenting. These include the now classic Infants and Mothers, and the bestselling Touchpoints series. In 1993, he founded the Brazelton Touchpoints Center® (BTC) at Children’s Hospital, Boston where he continues to promote strengths-based, family-centered care in pediatric and early education settings around the world. Thank you to all of our guests and sponsors for making the festive evening such a success. We hope you enjoyed the program, dinner and auction.

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October - November | 2011
Keeping Room to Grow Babies Warm
In anticipation of dropping temperatures, Room to Grow collected critical winter clothing and gear to keep every baby in our program warm. Contributions received in October and November supported our efforts to provide essential infant and toddler items to families this season. Special thanks to Amerex Group for donating brand new winter coats for our children in New York and Boston, to schools and community groups for organizing collection drives and to generous individuals for your contributions towards this initiative.

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Fall | 2011 - 2012
Manhattan Mini Storage donates space to Room to Grow New York
Room to Grow is excited to announce its partnership with Manhattan Mini Storage,  “the neighborhood moving and storage solution to over 200,000 New Yorkers.” The company is generously donating space to Room to Grow for one year, helping us accommodate large donations of infant and toddler items and ensuring that we never have to turn away donations due to lack of space.  Manhattan Mini Storage also provides their free Storage Taxi for regular delivery and retrieval, so we can re-stock often and always have enough materials on hand to meet the needs of the families and children in our program. As every New Yorker knows, there’s never enough space, and we are so grateful to Manhattan Mini Storage for this wonderful gift. True to its tagline,  “Helping simplify NYC living since 1976,” Manhattan Mini Storage is helping us continue to serve families in need and we thank them for their support.

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October - November | 2011
Keeping Room to Grow Babies Warm
In anticipation of dropping temperatures, Room to Grow collected critical winter clothing and gear to keep every baby in our program warm. Contributions received in October and November supported our efforts to provide essential infant and toddler items to families this season. Special thanks to Amerex Group for donating brand new winter coats for our children in New York and Boston, to schools and community groups for organizing collection drives and to generous individuals for your contributions towards this initiative.

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October 30 | 2011
Pru Boo
Plenty of ghosts and goblins joined us on Sunday, October 30, for a family-friendly Halloween
event at the Shops at Prudential Center in Boston. Children went trick-or-treating from store to store throughout the Center, and enjoyed face painting, magic tricks and other spooky fun along the way. Isis Parenting provided songs, story time and parachute fun. Cost was $4 and all proceeds, totaling more than $5000, supported Room to Grow Boston. Room to Grow also collected an enormous amount of new and gently used baby essentials for the children in our program.

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October 15 | 2011
Halloween Photography and Collection Drive in Boston
Brian Phillips Photo took professional pictures of your children dressed in their Halloween costumes on Saturday, October 15, at the Soldiers Field Road Park in Boston. A free photo was emailed to all guests who donated an essential baby item to Room to Grow. Prints are available online for purchase. All proceeds will benefit Room to Grow. Check out some of the great photos.

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October 1 | 2011
Rodman Ride for Kids, Boston
The Rodman Ride for Kids was postponed from September 24 until October 1 for weather concerns, but that didn't stop Team Room to Grow. We had three riders who each tackled the course with enthusiasm. Team Room to Grow pedaled through southeastern Massachusetts for a second year to support babies born into poverty. The Rodman Ride is an umbrella matching gift charity raising funds for youth-focused social service agencies that support at-risk children.

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September | 2011
Baby Safety Month
In honor of Baby Safety, contributions received in September supported Room to Grow's safety education program year round. Sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), Baby Safety Month is intended to educate parents and caregivers about the importance of selecting and using safe juvenile products. Every year JPMA chooses a feature topic, with this year’s focus on properly using infant carriers and slings. Room to Grow social workers provide safety information and demonstrations about all of the products we distribute to the parents in our program. We teach parents how to correctly baby-proof their home as their child becomes mobile and curious, how to ensure safe sleep conditions and how to feed their toddler without causing harm. Thanks to everyone for your contribution towards this important educational component of our program.

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August 9 - 11 | 2011
First Book Manhattan's Groupon Campaign for Room to Grow
Room to Grow New York is thrilled to announce its partnership with First Book - Manhattan, an advisory board of the non-profit organization First Book, which is dedicated to providing access to new books for children in need. From August 9th - 11th, Groupon, a 'deal of the day' website that features discounted services and opportunities for local and national businesses, teamed up with First Book - Manhattan and donated 100% of the proceeds to support early literacy programs. 122 people purchased the $6 Groupon - $3 of which was directly donated to Room to Grow. This money will be used to purchase books for the children in our program and we are honored to have been chosen by First Book - Manhattan as the beneficiary of this campaign. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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July | 2011
Graduates' Reunion Event at Central Park Zoo
On July 18th, 16 families joined Room to Grow New York staff at the Central Park Zoo for a Graduates' Reunion Event. Families having graduated from the program in the past year were invited to a fun-filled day of exploration and adventure. The scorching 98-degree heat encouraged many families to seek refuge in the air-conditioned penguin house, while other families enjoyed the more interactive experiences of the petting zoo and sea-lion feedings.

Lunch was provided and gave the families time to catch up with the Room to Grow social workers and show off their grown up four-year olds. Families were excited to share stories about life after Room to Grow and reflect back on their time in the program. It was a wonderful event and we look forward to welcoming another round of graduates to a similar event next year.

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Summer | 2011
Family Advocate of the Year
The Boston Parents Paper named Room to Grow Boston Family Advocate of the Year for our approach helping low-income and struggling parents during the first three critical years of their child’s life. We are honored with the recognition. Please read the full story.

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Summer | 2011
Book Drive
Room to Grow hosted a very successful book drive this summer raising awareness about the importance of early childhood reading, while also giving us the opportunity to receive more than 11,000 books for the families in our program. Special thanks to Scholastic for a generous contribution of 10,000 books. We are also most appreciative for the books from Andrews McMeel Publishing, Candlewick Press, First Book Manhattan, Imago USA, Kidsbooks, Lerner Books, and our in-kind donors in New York and Boston for their donations.

Room to Grow promotes early literacy, teaching parents how to nurture language development and engage in daily book sharing. Our social workers discuss the importance of reading regularly to children, and model ways to incorporate books into their babies’ daily routine. To help families put these ideas and techniques into practice, we provide them with 10 books at every visit, building a home library of 130 books for their child during their three years in the program.

Room to Grow puts an emphasis on early literacy education for many reasons.
• Within the U.S., access to books is essential to reading development: the only variable that directly correlates with reading scores is the number of books in the home. However, most recent data describes a profound gap: while the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is approximately 13 books to 1 child, the ratio in low-income neighborhoods is 1 book to 300 children. (1)
• Among parents of preschoolers who receive public aid, almost half (47%) reported no alphabet books in their home, compared to only 3 percent of their wealthier counterparts. (2)
• A typical middle-class child enters first grade with between 1,000 and 1,700 hours of one-on-one picture book reading; that child’s low-income peer enters first grade with only about 25 such hours. (3)

1. Neuman, Susan B. and David K. Dickinson, ed. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2. New York, NY: 2006, p. 31.
2. Susan H. Landry, Effective Early Childhood Programs: Turning Knowledge into Action (Houston: University of Texas System, 2005).
3. M.J. Adams, Learning To Read: Thinking and Learning About Print (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1990).

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May 31 | 2011
Drool Baby Expo supports Room to Grow Boston
We were happy to join our friends at Magic Beans, Big City Moms and dozens of other great brands for the first ever Drool Baby Expo on May 31, from 6-9 p.m., at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Drool provided new and expectant parents with a fun environment to explore products and services for their growing family, plus there were educational workshops, incredible raffle prizes and information about supporting Room to Grow. Following the show, several vendors including Maclaren, Peg-Perego, Nap Nanny, Dapple Baby, Oxo, Alex Jr., Skip Hop and ZoLi donated a generous amount of products for Room to Grow clients. Thank you.

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May 15 | 2011
Shop Lucky Finds for Room to Grow New York
Shop Lucky Finds is an organization that helps families in New York City recycle, resell and reuse gently 'loved' children's clothing, gear and toys, through a series of free shopping events. Their most recent event was held at Sutton Place Synagogue (225 East 51st Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) on Sunday, May 15th from 11 to 4pm. Remaining unsold items from the event were donated to Room to Grow. Visit Shop Lucky Finds' next event to find great items for your children while also supporting the mission of Room to Grow!

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Spring | 2011
Stroller Drive
Room to Grow's annual Mother's Day to Father's Day Stroller Drive. was a success. This year, 250 new parents will enroll in the three-year Room to Grow program: 100 families in New York and 150 in Boston. For every $75 donation we received during the drive, Room to Grow was able to purchase a new stroller for one of these families. Plus, Dorel Juvenile Group matched all gifts, doubling our allotment of strollers to distribute. Your gifts have helped parents raising babies in poverty navigate the streets of New York City and Boston safely, giving their child a bright future of opportunity.

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May 8 - June 30 | 2011
Spring Cleaning at Sara Campbell
There was no need to clutter your closet with snow suits that wouldn't fit your child next year. Instead, between May and June, Sara Campbell stores offered customers a store gift if they brought in a donation for Room to Grow. Customers received 10% off a full priced item on the day of their delivery. Baby clothing, shoes, books, toys and gear were welcome to directly benefit babies born into poverty. Sara Campbell’s spring collection was full of warm hues, soft silks, casual knits, and plenty of exclusive detailing. She offered a collection of unique prints (butterflies!), trendy horizontal stripes, cotton candy corals, garden party floral fun, and much more.


Store locations:
Beacon Hill: 73 Charles Street, Boston
South End: 44 Plympton Street, Boston
Concord: 41 Main Street, Concord
Wellesley: 200 Linden Street, Linden Sq., Wellesley

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May 7 | 2011
Great Urban Race
The Great Urban Race was a wild urban adventure and Room to Grow Boston was the charity partner. Teams solved twelve clues and had to complete exciting mental and physical challenges while discovering the city in a fresh way! All teams were asked to stop by Room to Grow to deliver a special gift for a baby born into poverty. We received hundreds of new board books, sippy cups, bibs and other baby essentials. It was an extraordinary day of giving and we hope the Great Urban Race returns to Boston.

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May 5 | 2011
Celebrating Mothers! A benefit for Room to Grow
The Liberty Hotel, Boston
On Thursday, May 5, at 8 a.m. at the Liberty Hotel, Room to Grow supporters came together for breakfast to celebrate inspirational mothers who nurture our children, strengthen our families and build our community. Room to Grow’s innovative program provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items during their children’s critical first three years of development.

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April 6 | 2011 6 – 7 p.m.
Moody Blues: Parenting to your child's temperament
Presented by Dr. Maureen O'Brien of Destination Parenting
Every child is born with much of his or her personality well established, which can pose a challenge, especially if you’ve got different traits or ideals. With the guidance of Dr. Mo and her wonderful sense of humor, parents joined us at Room to Grow in Boston to learn how to identify and appreciate their child’s unique temperament. Parents of children of all ages came to the program, which also served as an excellent opportunity to visit Room to Grow, to learn about our program. Due to the success of this program, we anticipate hosting more parenting sessions for our community of supporters. For more information about Moody Blues, please contact Dr. O'Brien at www.destinationparenting.com.

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March 26 | 2011
Diaper Derby
On your mark, get set, crawl! With the support of Mamas Move, the South Shore Plaza hosted its second annual Diaper Derby for crawlers and new walkers on Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Contests included the fastest crawler, most creative crawler and best decorated diaper. Organizers also collected clothing in excellent condition, size 0-4T for Room to Grow babies in Boston.

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March 25-27 | 2011
Strollerpalooza 2011 at Hip Baby Gear
It was a busy weekend of face painting and music at Hip Baby Gear in Marblehead. Strollers were tax free, and there was an auction and raffle to support Room to Grow Boston. Hip Baby Gear also collected new and gently used baby essentials for our growing number of clients.

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March | 2011
Polo Ralph Lauren Supports Room to Grow
Room to Grow was thrilled to partner with Polo Ralph Lauren on the launch of its shoppable children's online storybook collection RL Gang - A Magically Magnificent School Adventure. Showcasing the Ralph Lauren Childrenswear Spring 2011 collection, the RL Gang was narrated by award-winning actress and mother, and Room to Grow Board Member, Uma Thurman, launched globally on March 3rd on RalphLauren.com/RLGang. Polo Ralph Lauren donated 15% of all proceeds from the first month of sales on RalphLauren.com to benefit Room to Grow.

To celebrate the launch, Polo Ralph Lauren hosted an international search for one lucky child to be cast in an installment of the RL Gang. The contest, which lived on the RL Gang tab on Ralph Lauren's Facebook page, allowed parents in the US and UK to upload a photo of their child and share that photo with friends and family, asking them to vote for their child. The winning child chosen from the group of children with the most votes, was flown to New York and cast as a member of the RL Gang!

Room to Grow was truly grateful to Polo Ralph Lauren for selecting the organization as the beneficiary of this exciting initiative, as well as for the company's longstanding support.

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February | 2011
Tummy to Toes Drive
Sponsored by Boston Cares, The Boston Globe and Building Impact
Boston winters can be frigid, so it is our priority to keep all of our babies toes warm and toasty, and their tummies full of healthy food. Fortunately, this February we received some help from the second annual Tummy to Toes Drive, supported by the Boston Globe, Boston Cares and Building Impact. New and lightly used shoes appropriate for newborns to age three were collected at dozens of locations around the Greater-Boston area. Clarks got us started with a donation of 800 pairs of shoes, hundreds more were donated by generous individuals, and we are still counting.

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February | 2011
Safety 1st Have a Heart Photo Contest
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Safety 1st hosted a Have a Heart photo contest to support Room to Grow. As a result of hundreds of entries, Room to Grow received a gift of 277 Safety 1st Complete Infant Health Care Kits, including a toddler toothbrush, digital thermometer, nasal aspirator, bottle medicine dispenser and an easy-fill medicine syringe. The safety kits will be distributed to families in need in both New York City and Boston. Safety 1st and its parent company, Dorel Juvenile Group, has an ongoing commitment to support Room to Grow and the families we serve.

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January | 2011
Tribeca Parenting and Tribeca Pediatrics Support Room to Grow New York
Room to Grow is thrilled about its ongoing partnership with Tribeca Parenting and Tribeca Pediatrics. Since 1994, Dr. Michel Cohen has been helping New York families raise happy, healthy babies and kids, with an unparalleled level of personalized care and a commitment to empowering parents through education and information. Tribeca Pediatrics offices in Tribeca, Park Slope, Chelsea, and Williamsburg display Room to Grow donation cards, generating many new in-kind donations for the organization. In addition, Tribeca Pediatrics and Tribeca Parenting recently made a generous donation of 280 copies of Dr. Cohen's book "The New Basics: A-to-Z Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent" - enough for every current Room to Grow family.

Another very exciting aspect of the partnership is that Tribeca Parenting, an independent pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting education center, has opened their doors to Room to Grow families, allowing Room to Grow moms to attend its pregnancy and parenting workshops free of charge. As a leading parenting and education center, Tribeca Parenting shares with Room to Grow a commitment to helping new mothers transition from pregnancy to parenting by providing comprehensive education and valuable resources.

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2010

December 14 | 2010
Room to Grow New York Family Holiday Party and Toy Drive
This year's annual Family Holiday Party was held on December 14th. Room to Grow families enjoyed arts and crafts, refreshments and entertainment, and had their photos taken with Santa. Every child received a special gift of a new educational toy from Rosie Hippo. To all who contributed, thank you for helping make this event a great success! To view photos from the event, click here.

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December 14 | 2010
Holiday Open House
Room to Grow, 142 Berkeley Street, Boston
Dozens of Room to Grow supporters joined us for a festive afternoon of holiday cheer. It was a great way to introduce our guests to our warm and inviting program space.

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December 8 - 22 | 2010
Winter Online Auction, Boston
This holiday auction was a great opportunity to win fabulous gifts for  loved ones while also supporting Room to Grow's mission to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty. Packages included Red Sox Dugout Seats, Buffalo Horn eyeglass frames from Cartier, a trip to Stowe Mountain and a Bumbleride Stroller.

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December 2 | 2010
Celebrate Room to Grow
Christie's, New York
Room to Grow is pleased to report that our annual Benefit was a great success! It was a wonderful evening and the event raised more than $500,000. Proceeds will be used to support Room to Grow's mission of enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical early years. Thank you to all the guests and donors, with special thanks to Chairs Liz Lange and Deborah Roberts, Steering Committee Chairs Christi and Nick Wood and Karen and Ted Casey, and all the Steering and Host Committee Members for their tremendous help and support. To view photos from the event, click here.

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November | 2010
Women who Inspire
Fashion designer Donna Karan published a personal journal on her website about Women who Inspire. Room to Grow Board Member Uma Thurman was honored with this achievement.

"I believe in the power of women. As nurturers, we have a unique ability to care and share and make the world a better place. Women who Inspire are women who are making a difference. This website gives their inspiring messages an interactive forum, encouraging women everywhere to take action and get involved." - Donna Karan

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November 6 | 2010
Room to Grow Fall Gala
Park Plaza Castle, Boston
The Room to Grow Fall Gala, co-chaired by Mary Richardson and Patrick Canning, was a success, with more than 400 guests supporting our mission of enriching the lives of babies born into poverty. Room to Grow board member and actress Uma Thurman joined us for our fifth anniversary celebration, remarking to the crowd about the importance of supporting early childhood programs. The evening featured an inspirational program honoring a Room to Grow family and supporters who have touched the lives of many Boston families. Honorees included The Boston Globe, Dorel Juvenile Group, Isis Parenting and Anngret Sacerdote, Room to Grow's founding development committee chair. Guests of the Fall Gala enjoyed savory and sweet chef tastings, and a silent and live auction, with highlights including a visit to the set of Entourage during the last season of taping, a trip to Red Sox Spring Training and several dining experiences. Watch the Room to Grow video tribute to our Fall Gala honorees.

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September 26 | 2010
Family Breakfast at Fenway Park, Boston
Hundreds of families enjoyed a fun-filled morning at Fenway Park on Sunday, September 26, to support Room to Grow Boston through the Rodman Ride for Kids. Children enjoyed tumbling activities supplied byMy Gym, face painting, carnival games and a tour of Fenway Park. Wally also stopped by to say hello, with the two Red Sox World Series trophies. Thank you to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Delta Dental, Children's Hospital Boston, and R.W. Shattuck Hardware Store for sponsoring the Family Breakfast. Click here to view photos.

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September 25 | 2010
Rodman Ride for Kids
Foxboro, MA
Room to Grow had five cyclists complete the 100 mile course on the Rodman Ride for Kids on September 25 to support babies born into poverty. Congratulations and thank you! The Rodman Ride is an umbrella matching gift charity raising funds for youth-focused social service agencies that support at-risk children in Massachusetts. The Rodman Ride will match our donations by 10%.

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Summer | 2010 
National Spotlight on Nursing
Room to Grow announced that all new moms enrolled with Room to Grow in New York and an equal number in Boston are nursing. As part of a new program, Room to Grow social workers conduct follow-up phone calls with our moms just after the birth of the child. The general aim of these calls is to ascertain how the mother and baby are doing. Topics discussed include sleeping habits, stress level, familial support and involvement, in addition to providing nutritional information and inquiring about feeding habits. Mothers enrolled with Room to Grow are strongly encouraged to breastfeed. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that breastfeeding provides health, nutritional, immunologic, developmental, psychologic, social, economic, and environmental benefits. Our social workers share this information with our moms and are there to answer any questions or speak to any concerns they might have. Congratulations to all of our new mothers!

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June 24 | 2010
Fashion Forward
Liberty Hotel, Boston
Fashion Forward, a night of style to benefit Room to Grow, attracted a large crowd of fashionable Bostonians and raised awareness and funds for Room to Grow. Walking the runway were local celebrities and Room to Grow supporters, including WROR’s Brian Bell, Chef Dante DeMagistris, Foundation to be Named Later’s Paul Epstein. WMJX Amanda Giles, The Boston Globe’s Meredith Goldstein, Fashion Boston’s Alex Hall, Boston Mamas Founder and Editor Christine Koh, Restaurant Owner Christopher Myers and WHDH Michelle Releford. Fashion Forward was sponsored by Blooms of Hope, Fashion Boston, Finer Threads, ECC Genuine Bespoke Leon & Co., St-Germain, Macy’s, and generously hosted by the Liberty Hotel. To view photos from this event, click here.

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June | 2010 
Dorel Juvenile Group joins forces with Room to Grow
With a new partnership that will have lasting effects, Dorel Juvenile Group agreed to supply Room to Grow with a variety of strollers, safety products and other essential baby items for our clients. Dorel, the maker of Cosco Juvenile, Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, Quinny and Bébé Confort products, is dedicated to helping provide a safer world for children, and devoted to helping Room to Grow enrich the lives of babies born into poverty. Dorel was honored for their commitment to Room to Grow at both the annual Fall Gala fundraiser in Boston on November 6, 2010, and at Christie’s in New York on December 2, 2010.

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May - June | 2010 
Stroller Drive to Celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
To celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Room to Grow supporters made generous contributions to provide strollers for our families in New York and Boston. Dorel Juvenile Group, the manufacturer of Safety 1st matched gifts with a donation of strollers, giving Room to Grow lots of new, safe wheels for moms and their babies. We secured more than 130 strollers for the children and families we serve. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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May 20 and June 3 | 2010
Mommies who Shop
Room to Grow Boston raised nearly $800 from a raffle at two Mommies who Shop events in Weston and Hamilton, Massaschuesetts. Hundreds of hip moms came out to meet local designers and to buy creative children’s items, including clothing, gear, gifts and accessories for chic-baby and trendy tots. For more information on the next Mommies who Shop event, go to www.mommieswhoshop.com.


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May 18 | 2010
Room to Grow chosen as Best New Project Partner by NY Cares
Room to Grow New York has been selected by the New York Cares Youth Service Program as the Best New Project Partner for the 2009 - 2010 school year. Christine Bryant, Inventory and Volunteer Coordinator, will accept an award on behalf of Room to Grow at the upcoming Youth Service Conference on Tuesday, May 18th at Pace University. In addition, Christine will participate in a panel discussion entitled "Exploring Careers in Non-Profit". She will join representatives from four other non-profit organizations to share their personal paths, their agencies' work and information about other opportunities in the non-profit sector with an audience of more than 400 student volunteers.

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May 5 | 2010
Mother's Day Tea
The Four Seasons, Boston

More than one hundred Room to Grow supporters enjoyed tea and delicious tastings at the Four Seasons Boston to celebrate inspirational mothers who nurture our children, strengthen our families and build our community. Local author and comedian Beth Teitell made a special, witty tribute to moms to kick off the program that honored all of the moms in our lives, including an extraordinary mother of Room to Grow. The event was generously sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, BMC Healthnet Plan, and the John W. Henry Foundation.

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May 1 - 31 | 2010
KC Tees & Expecting Models Mother's Day Sale
KC Tees, a Latina-inspired line of graphic tees and Expecting Models, an agency specializing in pregnant models and actresses, are partnering with Room to Grow this Mother's Day. From May 1 through 31, for every "Mama" tee sold, KC tees will donate 15% of the proceeds and Expecting Models will donate a one piece shirt to Room to Grow New York.

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Through May 31 | 2010
The Scholastic Store Book Drive
Room to Grow provides books to each child to develop their home library and nurture an early love of reading. To help achieve this goal, The Scholastic Store collected books for Room to Grow New York. Donate a book and receive 10% off your purchase at The Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway just south of Prince Street.

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April 24 - May | 2010
Galerie d'Orsay 10th Anniversary Exhibition
Galerie d'Orsay on Newbury Street in Boston teamed up with Room to Grow to support babies in poverty. The Galerie hosted its 10th Anniversary Exhibition with internationally renowned painter Bruno Zupan. On April 24, guests were invited to meet the artist and to buy from his collection. Ten percent of all proceeds from acquisitions made by Room to Grow patrons on that night and throughout the month of May were donated directly to Room to Grow.

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April 26 | 2010
NY1 Noticias profiles Room to Grow New York
On April 26th NY1 Noticias, New York's only 24-hour Spanish language news channel, aired a profile on Room to Grow that highlighted the services we provide to Latino families in need. The piece, which included an interview with Executive Director Lexy Mayers, and Senior Social Worker La Shell Wooten, praised Room to Grow's efforts to provide support and supplies to parents in need.

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April 20 | 2010
Boston's Carrie Marshall honored with President's Volunteer Service Award
Carrie Marshall, Inventory and Volunteer Coordinator, for the Boston site of Room to Grow, was honored with the President's Volunteer Service Award, granted through the President's Council on Volunteering and Civic Participation. This is a national award with distinct honors from President Barack Obama. In the past year Carrie logged more than 150 hours of volunteering through opportunities offered by the organization Boston Cares. Carrie was introduced to Room to Grow through volunteering and then became a valuable employee. She also volunteered at the American Red Cross Food Pantry, the Boston Living Center, the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, and the Massachusetts Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (MSPCA.)

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April 19 | 2010
Congratulations to Boston Marathon Runners who ran to support Room to Grow
Congratulations to Boston Marathon runners Paul Epstein and Rob Bradford for competing in the 114th historical race from Hopkinton to Boston. Every year, thousands of runners lace up their sneakers to support a charity. Paul Epstein, a social worker in Brookline, and Rob Bradford, a sports journalist for WEEI, ran to support Room to Grow. They were the first runners to join Team Room to Grow, which hopes to expand in 2011. Epstein and Bradford aim to raise more than $10,000 for our organization.

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April 7 | 2010
Saskia Epstein honored with Idealist Award
Saskia Epstein, Room to Grow's Executive Director in Boston, was honored alongside her husband Paul Epstein with the 2010 Social Capital, Inc. (SCI) Idealist Award at a special Luncheon on Wednesday, Apr. 7, at the Radisson Hotel in Boston. The Idealist Award is presented annually to individuals who exemplify SCI's mission of mobilizing neighbors and volunteers to strengthen Boston-area communities. Social Innovation Forum Director, Susan Musinsky, was also presented with an Idealist award.

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March | 2010 
American Baby "showers" Room to Grow on The Early Show
American Baby Magazine arranged for baby item manufacturers to donate merchandise valued at over $13,000 to Room to Grow. This donation was in honor of CBS News' The Early Show anchors Maggie Rodriguez and Erica Hill, both who were expecting and appeared on the March cover of American Baby. The baby shower items included Chicco strollers, Boppy nursing pillows, Gymborie body shirts, Gerber BPA-free baby bottles, and baby care essentials from Johnson and Johnson. Thank you to American Baby for arranging this outstanding donation to Room to Grow!

See the segment at http://www.cbsnews.com/news/easy-baby-shower-gift-ideas/

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March 25 | 2010
Seasonal Switch in Boston
During Room to Grow's bi-annual Seasonal Switch more than one hundred volunteers helped pack up fall and winter gear for storage, and replaced it with spring and summer wear to serve 360 babies and their families. Volunteer groups from local companies Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Liberty Mutual, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fidelity Investments, Boston Cares and the Boston Foundation, along with several local college students, helped Room to Grow sort through 35,000 baby items. Room to Grow depends on donations of new and nearly new clothing and essential baby items from individuals and corporate gifts. Click here for photos.

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February | 2010
Tummy to Toes Drive
Sponsored by Boston Cares, The Boston Globe and Building Impact
In the middle of a chilly Boston winter where the demand for warm shoes for Room to Grow babies was high, BostonCares, The Boston Globe and Building Impact joined forces for the Tummy to Toes Drive. Together they collected more than 805 pairs of shoes for our children, while also collecting much needed food for the Greater Boston Food Bank.

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Winter | 2010
Green to Grow donates hundreds of BPA-free bottles
Green to Grow generously donated hundreds of BPA-free bottles to Room to Grow families in Boston and New York! With the recent news regarding the dangers of BPA, Room to Grow made the decision to only distribute BPA-free bottles to the families we work with. This required us to dispose of the majority of our supplies. In order to ensure Room to Grow babies would all receive safe bottles this year, we looked for a corporate partner who felt as passionately about safe products as we did. We were thrilled to find that partner in Green to Grow. Green to Grow is a small family owned business based in California. The founders, Shelley Aronoff and her husband, Michael Ritterbrown made the commitment to support Room to Grow through a tremendous in-kind donation of their award-winning bottles. Their first donation of bottles to Room to Grow was valued at over seven thousand dollars. We are so grateful for this new partnership.

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Winter | 2010
Feeding and Oral Health Drive
Supporters helped make Room to Grow's Feeding and Oral Health Drive a success. Room to Grow provides parents with breast pumps, bottles and sippy cups, food mills, toddler utensils, and toothbrushes. Our social workers also give parents information about proper feeding and oral hygiene as the baby grows. You can still help by donating new items to Room to Grow or by making a donation of $35 to help us provide a family with a feeding and oral health kit.

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2009

Winter | 2009
Friends Celebrate Room to Grow in Boston
Many friends of Room to Grow helped to raise awareness and much-needed support this holiday season. Earlier this fall we enjoyed an evening of fashion, food and philanthropy at Tahari and 10% of the evening's proceeds benefited Room to Grow. In November, Room to Grow benefited from the raffle at the Mommies Who Shop event where 250 moms gathered for a girls night out. Bob Dougherty of The Foundation Room, House of Blues shared his 40th birthday bash with Room to Grow at Lucky's Lounge. In December, we exchanged holiday cheers with Forge Worldwide Communication and a fun crowd at Eastern Standard. We ended the year with fun December benefit events including Nicolette and Brett Henderson's Friends for Benefits event at Johnnies on the Side and a holiday party that Development Committee Member, Lisa Baker hosted with friends. We are so thankful for their wonderful support.

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December | 2009
Room to Grow Online Winter Auction
The 2nd online auction helped raise needed support for Room to Grow in Boston.

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November | 2009
Celebrate Room to Grow
Over 300 guests joined Chairs Uma Thurman and Cristina Cuomo to Celebrate Room to Grow New York and the extraordinary efforts of parents helping their babies thrive despite the challenges of poverty. Guests bid on over 100 silent auction lots ranging from sports tickets to fashion items to art tours.

Julie Burns, Founder and CEO of Room to Grow, introduced Dr. Edward Zigler and presented him with the Founder's Award. Deborah Roberts, ABC News Correspondent, introduced Client Inspiration Award recipient Hassania Alkhaddar, a recent Room to Grow program graduate. Lydia Fenet of Christie's conducted the lively live auction. At the close of the program guests enjoyed delicious cupcakes, brownies and cookies, generously donated by Crumbs.

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November 7 | 2009
Room to Grow Fall Gala
Boston Center for the Arts, Boston
On Saturday, November 7th at the Boston Center for the Arts, Room to Grow celebrated the leadership, strength, and resiliency of our city's families. The evening included an exciting program honoring a Room to Grow family alongside Fredi Shonkoff and Dr. Jack Shonkoff. Fredi Shonkoff is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations at Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Education, and founding director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions and wonderful food tastings from eight area restaurants. View photos from the event.

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November 19 | 2009
Mommies Who Shop
The Seaport Hotel, Boston
Room to Grow benefited from the raffle at this wonderful event. 250 of the hippest moms met the hottest designers featuring the very best in unique clothing, gear, gifts and accessories for chic-baby and trendy tots. A carefully edited selection of apparel and accessories including clothing, jewelry, hand-bags, fine stationary, gifts and more were available to moms eager to shop and support a good cause. Guests enjoyed complimentary nibbles and wine catered by Aura Restaurant, a luxurious Spa Lounge by Best of Boston’s Bella Sante, amazing door prizes and raffle items from Magic Beans and more.

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Fall | 2009
Room to Grow Boston Partners with Halo Innovations
Room to Grow places a high priority on educating our clients about safe sleep practices. We are proud to partner with the leader in the fight against SIDS, Halo Innovations. Halo is generously providing every baby at Room to Grow with a SleepSack. Families will also receive SIDS prevention materials and resources in both English and Spanish. We are thrilled to announce this new partnership!

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Fall | 2009
Room to Grow Teams up with b.b. bliss
Room to Grow Boston has launched a partnership with a new innovative company that produces performance apparel for babies, b.b. bliss. To jump-start this new partnership, b.b. bliss will donate one bodysuit to a Room to Grow family for every order placed on bbbliss.com now through the end of the summer. Products from b.b. bliss are perfect for summer's heat because they're made with ultra-soft moisture wicking fabrics that are completely breathable, fast-drying and even resist odor!

Please visit bbbliss.com to pick one up for your baby or as a gift and support a Room to Grow family at the same time.

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Fall | 2009
Room to Grow Expands in Boston
Expansion is underway in Boston with plans to increase the size of our physical space, enabling us to accommodate many more thousands of baby items, and serve nearly twice as many babies in need. Room to Grow has hired an additional clinician and begun accepting new referrals from prenatal partners. We are proud to be able to respond to the increased need in our communities and expand during a time of great adversity for so many. As we grow to serve hundreds of additional babies, we will need additional volunteers, financial contributions and in kind donations. Please contact us at 617.859.4545 to learn how you can help.

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Fall | 2009
Magic Beans Stroller Drive in Boston
Generous Magic Beans customers helped many Room to Grow families stay mobile this season! Magic Beans offered customers a generous discount off the purchase of new equipment and toys in exchange for donating a new or used stroller to Room to Grow. This wonderful locally-owned company was founded in 2004 by husband and wife team Eli and Sheri Gurock. Since Room to Grow's opening in Boston, Eli and Sheri Gurock have helped Magic Beans customers learn about the ways they can get involved in supporting us. Magic Beans has partnered with us on many events, donated hundreds of toys, made generous financial contributions and encouraged many of their loyal customers to volunteer at Room to Grow. We are so appreciative of the ongoing support of Magic Beans and are proud to be affiliated with this imaginative and industry-leading company.

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Summer | 2009
Room to Grow Receives 1,000 Books in Boston
Long-time supporter and Collection Committee member, Carol Bryant conducted a month long book drive for our program. She collected 1,000 titles in both Spanish and English from her church and her colleagues at Fidelity. She also enlisted the support of family and friends to scour local books stores and yard sales. Many thanks to Carol for her tireless support of Room to Grow’s mission.

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Summer | 2009
Barefoot Books Drive in Boston
Barefoot Books hosted a summer-long book drive to benefit Room to Grow. The drive culminated with an in-store shopping event on September 12th.

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August 31 | 2009
Hot Stove Cool Music VIP Party
Bank of America Pavilion, Boston
Guests enjoyed an exclusive VIP party prior to a fantastic Counting Crows concert. Peter Gammons and the Hot Stove All-Stars, featuring Bill Janovitz from Buffalo Tom and Kay Hanley from Letter to Cleo kicked off a great evening. Actor and Comedian Mike O'Malley brought laughter to the crowd and helped to raise money for Room to Grow and other beneficiaries of The Foundation To Be Named Later.

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August 13 | 2009
Retail Networking Event and Social Media Panel
Baby industry professionals visited Room to Grow Boston for a program tour and a lively discussion on social media. Guests enjoyed hearing from panelists Sheri and Eli Gurock of Magic Beans, Christine Koh of Boston Mamas and Kristen Parker and Sandee Tisdale from Perfecting Expecting and moderator Kim Foley MacKinnon, Editor of DailyCandy Kids Boston. To learn more about how your business can help click here.

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June 19 | 2009
La Primavera
Misstropolis.com helped to raise needed support for Room to Grow by hosting a wonderful fashion event at District in collaboration with PATCH NYC and sponsored by Rue La La, Fashion Boston and Boldfacers. Crossing Main, G2O, Matsu, Model Club, Inc., Portobello Road, SCOUT, Stel's and Stil provided an exciting fashion show with amazing headpieces designed by PATCH NYC. Henna tattoos and tarot card reading added to the fun atmosphere.

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June 4 | 2009
"Boston by Night" Tour
Departing from The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, Boston Friends and Champion donors were invited to join Room to Grow for a unique tour of Boston's neighborhoods with Robert Lewis Jr. of The Boston Foundation as our tour guide. This was a unique opportunity to learn more about our city's neighborhoods and to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges that many of Boston's families face. 

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April 20 | 2009
Smart Cookie!
Room to Grow Board Member Uma Thurman received an award from Cookie Magazine.

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Spring | 2009
Early Literacy Campaign
Room to Grow launched an initiative to promote literacy-enhancing activities among the families we serve. Many individuals and companies generously donated books to support this focus of our program. Room to Grow provides ten books at each visit for each family we serve, as well as parenting support and encouragement of active reading with children. Over the three-year program, Room to Grow provides 130 books to each child to develop their home library and nurture an early love of reading.

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Spring | 2009
Room to Grow Celebrated Mother's and Father's Day
Mother's Day and Father's Day are special holidays at Room to Grow because of the many wonderful and committed mothers and fathers we have the privilege of working with and who we are supported by. We are so appreciative of our supporters who celebrated these holidays with us by making a contribution to Room to Grow in honor of a parent in their own life. As a result, Room to Grow was able to provide families in need with tools and guidance to baby-proof their home and ensure their child's safety.

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Spring | 2009
Room to Grow Publishes its Spring Newsletter in Boston
Please sign up to be added to our mailing list. Read our Boston newsletter.

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January | 2009
Room to Grow Boston began the New Year with a toddler shoe and boot drive
Supporters donated boots and shoes to help Room to Grow’s toddlers enjoy the snow while staying warm! Room to Grow is always in needof books, toys, gear and clothing. Please help by donating new or nearly baby and toddler items. 

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2008

December | 2008
Holiday Party for Room to Grow Families in New York
This annual holiday tradition was held on December 16th. The families were treated to refreshments, music, entertainment such as face painting and cookie decorating, and of course a visit from Santa himself! Each child received a special gift of a new educational toy. Thank you to all of the wonderful contributors to the toy drive for this party. For photos from this event, click here.

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December 2 | 2008
Room to Grow 10th Anniversary Benefit Gala in New York
Gala Chair Uma Thurman hosted this celebration of Room to Grow's first decade of service enriching the lives of babies born into poverty. The event raised nearly $650,000. We are grateful to our Gala Chair, Steering Committee Chairs, Committee and all the donors who made this event so successful and the evening so meaningful.

The event featured our first ever honoree program, inaugurated by Uma Thurman. The Client Inspiration Award was presented by CNN Anchor and Special Correspondant Soledad O'Brien to recent program graduates Haouali Bakoye and Seybou Hamidou. Executive Director Lexy Mayers presented the Corporate Leadership Award to our generous partner, Petit Bateau. And, Uma Thurman presented the Founder's Award to Julie Burns for her vision in establishing Room to Grow and presiding over its growth over the last 10 years. A silent and live auction helped to raise the funds needed to support the continued participation of over 300 enrolled children and their families in the New York program. For photos from this event, click here.

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December | 2008
Watch Board member Uma Thurman's November appearance on the Today Show
Click here to view appearance.

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November 15 | 2008
Room to Grow celebrated its second Fall Gala in Boston on November 15th
Over 350 people joined us at our fall gala in Boston on Saturday, November 15th at the Westin Boston Waterfront. With the generous help of so many, Room to Grow raised well over $400,000. The support of our sponsors, guests and auction donors enabled us to celebrate our first graduates by making a commitment to serve even more families in need. View photos of the event or read a recent article about Room to Grow’s fall gala in Misstropolis Magazine. Click here to view photos from the event.

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Winter | 2008
Online Winter Auction, Boston
Room to Grow's fist online winter auction was a great success. Thanks to all of our wonderful bidders!

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Summer | 2008
Room to Grow publishes its first newsletter in New York and Boston
Room to Grow celebrated its tenth anniversary in New York in 2008 and its third year of service in Boston. To celebrate these milestones, we sent our first newsletters to supporters in both cities. Our newsletters include inspirational stories about our clients, volunteers and donors. Read the New York or Boston Newsletter.

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July | 2008
2008 Nickelodeon Parents' Pick
Room to Grow was selected as a 2008 Parents Picks Nominee for Best Place for Family Community Service. Thank you for voting!

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May 8th  | 2008
Models of Excellence – not just models, role models
It was a night of Fashion, Food and Fun in celebration of Mother’s Day. The Hotel Commonwealth, Persona Jewelry, girlsoxnation.com, Lola Boston and other sponsors hosted Models of Excellence to benefit Room to Grow in Boston. The evening offered guests incredible tasting stations with local chefs present including: Antonio Bettencourt, Sixty2 on Warf, Jeffrey Fornier, 51 Lincoln, Joseph Margate, Clink, Dan Mathiiew and Neal Balkowitsch, Max Ultimate Food, Jakey Robert, Petit Robert, John Shaw, Port Tavern and Grill. Guests also enjoyed signature cocktails & a whimsical fashion show. Walking the runway were local celebrities and community leaders including Lauren Baker, Cindy Brown, Mindy d’Arbeleff, Margery Eagen, Saskia Epstein, Robin Falzone, Susan Hassett, Kristina Lyons, Jayme Parker, Dana Marshall and Elaine Steward. Candy O'Terry of Magic 106.7, hosted the evening wearing an elegant Daniella Corte dress, only one of many amazing auction items. Other auction items included front row sox tickets and a behind the scenes tour of Fenway with Dan Shaughnessy, a semi precious stone and custom jewelry design by Persona Jewelry and a private dinner for by chef Jim Solomon and owner of the Fireplace in Brookline, MA. View photos from this event.

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May 1-11 | 2008
Mother’s Day Stroller Drive
The first annual Mother’s Day Stroller Drive was a resounding success, beating our goal of 100 strollers purchased. Many donors chose to honor their mothers, who received a special Mother’s Day card to recognize the gift. The strollers purchased through the drive will be given to Room to Grow families over the next year, ensuring that every Room to Grow family has this critical piece of equipment. Thank you to all of our generous Stroller Drive donors!

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May 1 | 2008
Friends of Room to Grow Spring Mother’s Day Event
Petit Bateau, New York

Friends of Room to Grow hosted a cocktail reception and VIP shopping experience at the flagship Madison Avenue store of Petit Bateau on May 1, 2008.  The event provided an opportunity to celebrate the exciting partnership between Petit Bateau and Room to Grow, which includes a generous in-kind donation from Petit Bateau, volunteer support, and drop-off locations for donations of baby items at Petit Bateau boutiques in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, as well as launch Room to Grow’s first Mother’s Day Stroller Drive. For photos from this event, click here.

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April 17th | 2008
A celebration of Room to Grow at Fenway Park
Over two hundred guests welcomed Room to Grow Boston’s new Executive Director, Saskia Epstein at a cocktail reception at the State Sreeet Paviliion overlooking the field at Fenway Park. Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein welcomed guests to the park and spoke, as a new father himself, of his excitement about supporting the important work of Room to Grow. As a member of the Boston Leadership Committee, Meg Vaillancourt, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation hosted the event with generous support from The Red Sox and Aramark. View photos from this event.

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March | 2008
Room to Grow and Petit Bateau Form Exciting Partnership
Room to Grow and Petit Bateau launched a unique collaboration, in which Petit Bateau's stores in NY, NJ, CT and MA accept donations of baby clothing and other items for Room to Grow. When customers drop off their new and nearly new items to be donated to Room to Grow families, Petit Bateau offers a 10% discount on purchases. In addition, customers receive a 20% discount for items purchased to donate directly to Room to Grow. Petit Bateau also made a generous donation of its merchandise to underline its commitment to the organization. Petit Bateau employees are proud of this partnership, which has inspired many of them to volunteer at Room to Grow to help sort and organize its many in-kind donations. Click here to read more.

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January & February | 2008
Room to Grow Blanket Drive
To help Room to Grow ensure that the babies we serve were warm and cozy all winter long, we collected warm baby blankets at our office in Boston during the months of January and February.

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2007

December 11 | 2007
Holiday Party for Room to Grow Families in New York
Each year, Room to Grow’s client families came together to celebrate the holiday season. This year’s party was held at Manhattan Penthouse. Guests enjoyed refreshments, music, entertainment such as face painting and cookie decorating, and of course a visit from Santa himself. For pictures from this event, click here.

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November 26 | 2007
A Day of Shopping at the South End's Tadpole Store to Benefit Room to Grow
Shoppers got a jumpstart on their holidays, enjoying a special day of discounts at Tadpole, while giving back. Proceeds from this day went to support Room to Grow in Boston.

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November 15 - 17 | 2007
Magic Beans Partners with Room to Grow to Celebrate the Opening of Two New Locations
Magic Beans, the Boston-based baby gear and toy retailer celebrates its two new locations with an exciting grand opening weekend. Festivities included raffles, giveaways, manufacturer product demonstrations, kids' activities, concerts and appearances by Elmo. A portion of the proceeds from these events benefitted Room to Grow in Boston.

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November 7 - 8 | 2007
Spring Flowers Trunk Show to benefit Room to Grow in Boston
A great day of shopping for some of the prettiest clothing at Spring Flowers Spring/Summer 2007 line, supported Room to Grow.

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October 21 | 2007
Friends/Family Day and Book Drive
Friends of Room to Grow, one of our membership programs for individuals and families interested in supporting our work, held their annual Family Day and Book Drive at Citibabes. Friends and supporters came together for activities and refreshments at one of New York’s premier family lifestyle clubs. The event also collected dozens of board books for Room to Grow families.

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Fall | 2007
Room to Grow receives $50,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation
Room to Grow was thrilled to be the recipient of a generous grant from Newman’s Own Foundation in November 2007 to support the vital work of our program. Thank you Newman’s Own!

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August 12 | 2007
Family Day at Victorian Gardens, New York
Room to Grow’s client families in New York were invited to enjoy a day of fun at Victorian Gardens, an old-fashioned amusement park in Central Park.  For pictures from this event, click here.

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June 16 | 2007
Room to Groove
Room to Grow Boston hosted a family concert featuring live music by David Weinstone’s Music for Aardvarks and Elizabeth Mitchell at the John Hancock Hall.

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January 23 | 2007
Room to Grow Benefit Auction
Christie's, New York
Room to Grow celebrated its 2007 benefit auction at Christie’s, chaired by board member Uma Thurman. The event featured exciting live and silent auction packages as well as cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Donna Karan New York and Pirelli were the event’s Title Sponsors. The event raised over $600,000 for Room to Grow. For pictures from the event, click here.

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2006

December 15 | 2006
Holiday Party for Room to Grow Families in New York
Room to Grow families came together to celebrate the holiday season with gifts, games, refreshments and a visit from Santa himself. For pictures from the event, click here.

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November 4 | 2006
Room to Grow Benefit
Room to Grow’s first benefit auction in Boston, chaired by board member Uma Thurman, featured an exciting live auction and seated dinner and raised over $500,000 to support our client program. For pictures from the event, click here.

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August 13 | 2006
Picnic in the Park
The Red Sox Wives held their annual Picnic in the Park this year to benefit Room to Grow and the Red Sox Foundation. Guests enjoyed a fantastic picnic right on Fenway’s famous outfield and an opportunity to meet and greet Red Sox players.

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October 21 | 2006
Friends of Room to Grow Family Day and Book Drive
The Friends of Room to Grow hosted a family party and book drive at Citibabes in New York.

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2005

Fall | 2005
Room to Grow Expands in New York
Our expansion in New York doubles the size of our physical space, allowing us to hire our second clinician, accommodate many more thousands of baby items, and serve twice as many babies in need.

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June 19 | 2005
Father’s Day at Fenway Park
Room to Grow Boston is celebrated and supported by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. For pictures from this special day, click here.

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2004

December 2 | 2004
Room to Grow Boston’s Opening Celebration
Friends and supporters join with Room to Grow board and staff for the inaugural of our Boston location. For pictures from the evening, click here.

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January 26 | 2004
Room to Grow Benefit Auction in New York
An evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and an exciting silent and live auction helps us to raise $650,000 dollars for our client program.

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2003

Room to Grow’s Board of Directors approves expansion to Boston.

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2002

June 6 | 2002
Giorigio Armani’s Baby Shower for Alexandra of Greece
A wonderful evening of cocktails and celebration took place for board member Alexandra of Greece at the New York home of Mr. Armani.

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Summer | 2002
Picture People Grin and Share It Contest
Rhis contest raised important financial support for Room to Grow and kicked off a partnership that would result in the Picture People committing to underwrite the first three years of operations for a proposed second location.


2001

December 15 | 2001
First Annual Client Holiday Party in New York
Morgan Stanley hosts our first annual holiday party at Room to Grow for our client families, including games and treats, a visit from Santa, and homemade gingerbread houses and gifts for every family to take home.

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December 2 | 2001
Uma’s Baby Shower
Room to Grow board member Uma Thurman hosts a baby shower and tea for friends and family to celebrate the birth of her second child while giving to Room to Grow’s expectant mothers in New York. 

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July 13 | 2001
Room to Grow in New York moves to its current location
Room to Grow moves from its 500sf location in East Harlem to its current site in the Flatiron district, quadrupling in size and significantly increasing the number of families served.

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2000

October 11 | 2000
Room to Grow Benefit Auction
Room to Grow held its first benefit fundraiser at Christie’s auction house in New York. The event, a photography auction, raises over $250,000 for the organization.

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May | 2000
Kraft raises $100,000 for Room to Grow
Room to Grow New York receives its first major corporate contribution, as Kraft presents us with this contribution raised through its sales of Philadelphia Snack Bars.


1999

Our First Full Year of Operations in New York
Room to Grow builds its client program, in this first year serving over 150 children and families who would combined make over 600 visits for parenting support and material items. Many thousands of baby items are donated by the community and by corporate partners, and press coverage pronounces Room to Grow an innovative and important new organization.

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1998

October | 1998
Room to Grow opens in New York

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