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: Susan and John Nadworny
John and Susan Nadworny are longtime supporters of The Arc of Massachusetts because they believe the people behind the organization understand what it takes for every individual to thrive and flourish, no matter what life challenges they may face.
Their relationship with The Arc began 24 years ago, with the birth of their son, James. After much research, John concluded The Arc reflected their commitment to helping James live a life full of joy and possibility. As chairperson of Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC), Susan has also collaborated with The Arc on advancing promising, positive policies for individuals with ID/DD. John and his business partner, Cynthia Haddad, have also written a book, The Special Needs Planning Guide, which assists families all over the state with long-term planning. Susan is a Gunnar Dybwad awardee, and president-elect of the Melrose Rotary Club. John has served on the Governor’s Commission on Intellectual Disabilities, the MDSC board and the Real Lives committee. Together they are dedicated to working with The Arc to continue to raise the bar for those they support and they love.
Stewards: Mark Forziati, Donald and Ruth Freedman, and Richard and Edith Frye
Mark Forziati can trace his connection to The Arc to his love of basketball. He sponsored high school teams to participate in The Arc’s Play on the Parquet tournaments and generously supported The Arc for over a decade.
Donald and Ruth Freedman have both been involved with The Arc for many years, and were founding members of the Leaders & Founders Society. Don’s expertise as an attorney and Ruth’s as a social worker advanced The Arc’s advocacy as well. Ruth co-authored The Arc’s landmark study of health care experiences of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Richard and Edith Frye have been devoted supporters of the disability community since the 1960s, through their service to both The Arc of the South Shore and The Arc of Massachusetts. Their generosity is demonstrated by their gifts of time, talent and treasure – ranging from valuable advice to significant contributions. Dick served on The Arc board in the 1980s and presently serves on The Arc’s Capital Campaign committee.
Public Officials: Gerry Morrissey
Gerry Morrissey’s strong leadership sustained DDS during difficult financial times, maintained the deinstitutionalization’s forward motion, and allowed DDS to address a large waiting list.
Corporations, Foundations, and Agencies: Bay Cove Human Services, Tudor Investment Sorporation, TD Bank
Bay Cove Human Services provides effective, compassionate care to more than 20,000 individuals and families each year who face the challenges of developmental disabilities, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and aging. With more than 160 sites in Boston and southeastern Massachusetts, their goal is to provide full, rich lives for people with the greatest challenges.
Tudor Investment Corporation is a private asset management company and hedge fund. As a multi-year sponsor of and participant in Play on the Parquet, they supported The Arc of Massachusetts’ efforts on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
For over a decade, TD Bank has demonstrated their commitment to corporate responsibility through their generous, ongoing support. They made The Arc’s work possible through their lead sponsorship of key events such as the 50thAnniversary Gala, Play on the Parquet, and All Aboard The Arc.
Families and Volunteers: Dianne Glennon and Mary Ann Boulet
Dianne Glennon demonstrates the commitment of siblings as she has worked tirelessly on the government affairs committee and other organizations in the field for many years.
Mary Ann Boulet represented the waiting list families in the Massachusetts Waiting List Case, known as “Boulet v. Cellucci.” Her son, Ed Boulet,* was one of the named plaintiffs. She gave many hours of service in sometimes difficult circumstances and always represented the individuals and families with great dignity. Mary Ann also participated in the Family to Family project steering committee, which assisted families who were part of the Boulet Settlement.
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