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Neighborhood Gala raises funds to fight poverty in the South End

From left: Vinita Shah of Burlington, Gretchen Cook-Anderson of Needham, Maicharia Weir Lytle, president and CEO of United South End Settlements, and her mother, Sylvia Weir of Burlington, at the gala.
From left: Vinita Shah of Burlington, Gretchen Cook-Anderson of Needham, Maicharia Weir Lytle, president and CEO of United South End Settlements, and her mother, Sylvia Weir of Burlington, at the gala.(Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)

More than 450 guests attended the United South End Settlements’ annual Neighborhood Gala, held Friday evening at the heart of SoWa in the South End. United South End Settlements, a 127-year-old nonprofit, provides programs for needy children and their families, with a goal uniting the South End community to end the cycle of poverty. The gala featured dinner from local restaurants and raised $380,000.

Julia Johannsen of Brookline, chair of the United South End Settlements board, with her husband, Peter.
Julia Johannsen of Brookline, chair of the United South End Settlements board, with her husband, Peter.(Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)
Toni Morgan of Milton (left) and Amy Grace of Boston.
Toni Morgan of Milton (left) and Amy Grace of Boston. (Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)
From left: Amy Zydanowicz of Quincy, Tricia Celata of Quincy, Susan MacIsaac of Milton, and Carole Calderon of Hyde Park.
From left: Amy Zydanowicz of Quincy, Tricia Celata of Quincy, Susan MacIsaac of Milton, and Carole Calderon of Hyde Park.(Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)
Leigh Ann Haydon (left) of Boston and Lindsey Nally of Boston.
Leigh Ann Haydon (left) of Boston and Lindsey Nally of Boston.(Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)