Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts invites you to an evening in celebration of the nurturing warmth of community. Our annual gala celebrates our impact with families throughout Boston and raises critical funds for our four areas of focus: parenting education; early childhood development programs; coalition and community building; and training and capacity building across the Commonwealth.
This year we proudly honor the founding partners of Comfort Kitchen Boston. Named one of the New York Times’ 50 Best Restaurants in America and Boston Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in 2023, Comfort Kitchen’s visionary “global comfort food” celebrates the African diaspora connected from Asia to the Americas, while building community in our central neighborhood of Dorchester.
We are also delighted to present the Phyllis Menken Family Nurturing Award to longtime FNC supporters Guli, Sara, and Shergul Arshad. We welcome back WCVB Anchor Antoinette Antonio as our event emcee.
Sponsorships are available now; Individual tickets will be available for purchase by early March. To learn more about how you can take part in this memorable evening, contact Valerie Bean, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857-220-2613.
Nyacko Pearl Perry, Biplaw Rai, Rita Ferreira, and Kwasi Kwaa are the founding partners of Comfort Kitchen—a Black-owned, woman-owned, immigrant-owned restaurant with an inspirational vision.
Comfort Kitchen celebrates diasporic cuisine, while creating good jobs for Bostonians and nurturing the community through food.
The founders’ collaborative approach to fostering social change embodies Family Nurturing Center’s own ethos. In its first year, the restaurant was named one of the Top 50 Restaurants in America by the New York Times, as well as Boston Magazine’s Best New Restaurant of 2023.
Guli, Sara, and Shergul Arshad have all supported Family Nurturing Center’s work from its earliest days. With a deep commitment to families raising children in challenging circumstances, these three members of the Arshad family have advised on strategies, hosted countless meetings and events, raised funds, and served on FNC’s board of directors. Together, they bring a wealth of wisdom and resources to FNC, and it is our pleasure to present them with the Phyllis Menken Family Nurturing Award.
Through parenting education, early child development programs, coalition and community building, and training and capacity building, Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts (FNC) partners with families and organizations to create nurturing environments where children can thrive.
Our work is rooted in a deep understanding that parenting is learned and can radically shape a child’s future. Our team engages over 5,000 children and caregivers in Boston and trains more than 1,000 providers across the Commonwealth each year.