It was a beautiful, warm day last Saturday, September 10th when 40 Ipswitch employees headed to the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston’s Seaport District to spend the day with almost 200 area children and families.

As a part of the 9/11 national day of service, we donned our Ipswitch iCare t-shirts to take part in a luncheon and day of fun organized by the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL), a Red Sox affiliate, to support Room To Grow, a charity which helps infants in poverty. Other beneficiaries and invitees to the luncheon included the West End House Boys and Girls Club and Horizons for Homeless Children. Parents raising babies in poverty face many challenges including isolation and lack of resources, say organizers of the event. A special social gathering over lunch can provide meaningful social connections and much-needed respite.

The day began with setting up the arts and crafts tables, decorating the dining tables with fun baseball-inspired centerpieces, and  assisting the six Boston-area restaurants who generously catered the event.

When the children and their families arrived, the fun really began! Ipswitchers mingled with the wonderful families, Theo and Paul Epstein (brothers and co-founders of FTBNL), and supporters of the charities. Balloon animals and temporary tattoos were the biggest hits, while the children also enjoyed face painting, coloring, bubbles, and decorating picture frames.

When lunch was served, it became clear that it would be a special treat for volunteers and invitees alike. Six Boston-area restaurants created some seriously delicious gourmet treats, including chicken tacos, macaroni & cheese, mini pastrami sandwiches, and sophisticated “PB&J” sandwiches with fig and blue cheese!

This was truly a special event in which Ipswitch was fortunate to participate. We each enjoyed meeting the inspirational families and children from Room to Grow, Horizons for Homeless Children, and the West End House Boys and Girls Club. A big thank you goes out to the Foundation to Be Named Later for organizing this luncheon!

To see more of the pictures from the event, check out our Facebook Album!