Leading by Example
The Arc of Massachusetts 2019 Gala
At its annual gala on March 27, 2019, The Arc of Massachusetts raised more than $325,000 for advocacy and programs that enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. More than 340 attendees gathered at the Boston Marriott Newton to celebrate four champions for their advocacy, education, empowerment, and community outreach.
“We are thrilled to be recognizing four special people with I/DD who are making a difference: teaching the next generation of doctors; advocating at the State House for much-needed services and funding; and educating the community,” said Executive Director Leo Sarkissian. They have overcome challenges themselves and they are truly inspirational.
State Street Corporation, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, PricewaterhouseCoopers, NTT Data, EY, Raytheon, and Deloitte were lead sponsors of the Gala. “The support of our sponsors and guests is critical, as we take on the Workforce Shortage Initiative and other key programs. Donors are vital partners in what we are accomplishing for people with disabilities,” continued Sarkissian.
Chris McKinnon, anchor of WBZ-TV News’ weekday morning and noon newscasts served as the Master of Ceremonies, sharing personal stories about his cousin who has Down syndrome. Local humorist, activist, and entrepreneur Jimmy Tingle led a fun and entertaining live auction. All proceeds support the work of The Arc of Massachusetts, the state’s leading advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy.
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