Hospital Gala Helps Fight The Stigma

By Matt Tormey

Gala photo by Kjeld Mahoney


South Shore Hospital’s 19th Annual Moonlight and Miracles Gala will once again light up the night on October 15th at Weymouth’s Union Point. Contributions from this annual fundraiser are dedicated to further expanding the array of services offered by the hospital’s Grayken Center for Treatment.

Behavioral health and substance use disorder are prominent issues nationwide, including in our local communities. South Shore Hospital’s Grayken Center for Treatment was established in 2019 following a very generous donation from John and Eilene Grayken of Cohasset. The facility complements South Shore Hospital’s health services by offering support for behavioral health and substance use disorders.  

Since its opening, the Grayken Center has proven to be a critical community resource. Thousands of local residents have been helped by the skilled professionals at the Grayken Center, including hundreds of perinatal patients. The center has also helped increase awareness of its services and fight unfounded stigmas.

“So many people are touched by substance use disorders and behavioral health challenges, and too few receive the care they deserve,” said Christopher J. O’Connor, MBA, CFRE, Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President of External Affairs at South Shore Health. 

South Shore Hospital’s Moonlight & Miracles Gala is a major fundraiser for the Grayken Center for Treatment. Last year’s drive-in format event proved to be a great success, despite COVID restrictions and inclement weather, raising over $400,000. This year’s gala is expected to be another spectacular night. As with years past, guests will enjoy a fine dinner with silent and live auctions. 


Further details about this year’s Moonlight and Miracles Gala can be found on South Shore Health’s website,