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Funding a Future Without Sexual Violence: Q&A with Gala Sponsor BITS

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Boston IT Services has sponsored the Champions for Change Gala & Auction since 2016. We recently spoke with founder and owner Jim Stewart to learn more about why he invests in BARCC.

Q: How did your company come to be connected with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center?

A: We work with many different types of companies around Boston and Cambridge, and about seven years ago we got a call from BARCC looking for help on the IT front. They had a lot of IT issues and over the years it’s been a really great relationship. BARCC has grown and we’ve grown at the same time.

Q: How did you move from working for BARCC to sponsoring the Champions for Change Gala and Auction?

A: Well, we started helping them out with the technical portions of putting the Gala together, and at one point I think someone just asked if we would be a sponsor. We knew just from being around the organization what great work they were doing. You can really get a sense of it from being in there and getting to know people. So of course we said yes.

Q: Have you ever attended the event?

A: Yes! I had a very strong reaction to some of the speakers, and I got a much better understanding of BARCC’s work. I mean I thought I already knew, but I learned so much about the impact BARCC has on so many people. I remember just being really proud to be part of that

Q: How do you talk about your company’s sponsorship of BARCC?

A: You know, I was just talking to someone who works at another company which also sponsors BARCC. I mentioned it to her, and I don’t think she knew that her company was a sponsor because she didn’t know what I was talking about. So I spelled out the acronym and I could see her react.

Q: How did she react?

A: Well, it’s the ‘r’ word and it’s uncomfortable. Maybe in the first year of helping BARCC out I would have had the same reaction. But at this point I’m over that. It’s an unfortunate reality that this work needs to be done and hopefully someday it will never need to be done. But at this point in time we need the services, and I think we have to face that. I would hope that with everything that’s going on in our culture with the #MeToo movement, more people will be willing to listen and support BARCC.

Learn more about the Champions for Change Gala and future sponsorship opportunities, or make a donation today.

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Taylor Rapalyea
Taylor Rapalyea serves as BARCC's marketing and communications coordinator. She helps implement communications plans, creates content, and provides support for organizational communications, all to further public knowledge of BARCC's mission and services. Taylor brings four years of local news reporting and editing to BARCC, and has worked at Patch News, the Salem News, and the Gloucester Daily Times. She learned video reporting and editing at the Boston Herald, and served as editor of the Simmons Voice while studying journalism and public relations at Simmons College.

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