As we prepare to celebrate our 60th Anniversary on Thursday, November 19, we will be featuring our honorees in this space. Learn more about their contributions to The Arc of Massachusetts and how they have enhanced the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Spotlight Honoree: Jim Lawson and Ed Joyce
Ed and Jim have worked together at Ropes & Gray, LLP for the last 34 years. Jim has been involved with The Arc since 1990, after his middle child, Andrew, was born with Down Syndrome. Shortly after birth, Andrew started receiving services from the early intervention program at The Arc of the South Shore. In 1991, Jim joined its board of directors and continued to serve for more than 20 years, with two terms as board president, during which he helped initiate a capital campaign drive and started a community-based inclusive recreational program to facilitate increased awareness and inclusion. He also served 4 years on the board of directors of The Arc of Massachusetts and initiated the capital campaign efforts for its new headquarters. Inclusion, advocacy and increasing awareness have always been a priority with Jim and his family.
Ed has had a passion for helping and advocating for individuals with intellectual disabilities. As an estate planning attorney and trustee, he has worked with Jim to secure many grants, gifts and bequests over the years. The largest gift was for $1,000,000 which was used to support existing and new advocacy programs through The Arc’s network in Massachusetts. He has also helped with the current capital campaign and has generated over $110,000 for this project.
Stewards: James and Tina Kerkam, Susan and David Lodemore, Susanna Peyton and John W. Campbell
James and Tina Kerkam, the parents of a son with special needs are original members of the Leaders & Founders Society who have been generous donors to The Arc of Massachusetts for more than two decades. Jim was elected to The Arc’s Board of Directors in 1992 and served until 1998, some of the time as Vice President. He continues to advise The Arc.
Susan and David Lodemore have a nephew on the autism spectrum and have supported The Arc for several years. Sue has served several terms on The Arc of Massachusetts board of directors and co-chaired The Arc’s Gala in 2009 and 2010. She is co-chair of the 60th Anniversary Gala.
Susanna Peyton and John W. Campbell are generous supporters of Operation House Call (OHC), facilitating its expansion to 3 more graduate or medical schools. Susanna is a senior advisor to OHC, helping to maintain high quality and expand outreach where possible.
Corporations, Foundations, and Agencies: Burke Distributing Corporation and Rhumbline Advisors
Since 1935, Burke Distributing Corporation has been a premier distributor of beer, spirits, and other beverages. With a focus on corporate responsibility, they were a generous sponsor of The Arc of Massachusetts Golf Tournaments and other activities.
RhumbLine Advisers is a Boston-based investment firm specializing in managing index-based strategies for institutional investors. For more than a decade, the firm was an enthusiastic partner in Play on the Parquet, The Arc’s signature event that made the dream of playing basketball in the Boston Garden a reality.
To learn more about this year’s honorees visit: http://thearcofmass.org/the-arc-of-massachusetts-60th-anniversary-gala-honorees/
Join us in celebrating 60 years at our Gala