For six decades, The Arc of Massachusetts has fought pessimism and worked to open doorways. From the very beginning, our mission has been to advocate on behalf of this constituency, reach out to families, increase public awareness and expand services.
You have the opportunity to be a part of this important work and help people with disabilities across the state by supporting The Arc of Massachusetts. Your sponsorships, auction bids, and gifts to the Fund-A-Need help forge the future.
Today’s Auction Highlights
Honoring Those Who Have Made a Difference
Innumerable advocates, families, public officials, donors, human service agencies, and friends have worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. In celebration of their contributions, we are recognizing 65 people and organizations who represent what our community stands for. We are deeply grateful for all they have done to improve the lives of individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities and their families and for their support of The Arc.
The Hausslein Family
Evelyn and Bob have supported the advocacy of The Arc for decades. Evelyn has served on the Board of Directors and chaired the Government Affairs Committee. She later led a project in two diverse communities to better define the role of “personal agents” for persons with disabilities and families. As a result, The Arc developed the program SUPPORTbrokers, which Evelyn shepherded for several years. Their son, Tom, has participated in legislative advocacy, and has successfully worked and volunteered for decades while living in Greater Boston.
Jim and Tina Kerkam
Jim and Tina have been generous donors to The Arc for nearly thirty years. Jim worked in the field of special education on a national level in the early years. He was elected to The Arc’s Board of Directors in 1992 and served until 1998, including in the role of Vice President. Jim and Tina were ahead of the time when it came to advocating for the best possible special education services, bringing IDEA to life not only for their son, Alec, but for other children in their previous residence of Virginia.
Alex (pictured here, far right) serves as the trustee of the Becker Family Trust. Under his leadership, grants were awarded to 19 agencies and The Arc of Massachusetts. For decades, he has assisted families in future planning. He played a major role in educating attorneys through his roles as the past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the co-chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association Elder Law Advisory Committee.
Deborah Norton and John Moynihan
Deborah (pictured here, with son Sam) joined The Arc board in 2011, became Treasurer in 2012, Vice President in 2016, and President in 2018. She has always demonstrated the skills that are evident in her career and a deep commitment to The Arc’s mission. Her knowledge of the health care field has been particularly helpful, given the ongoing changes in health care and Medicaid. A generous personal donor, she also encouraged Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, to become a leading contributor. Deborah and her husband John Moynihan have a very personal connection to The Arc mission: their son Sam has developmental disabilities. Her experience advocating for Sam and learning the service system give her tremendous empathy and context, making her a wonderful advocate for persons with I/DD.
Sponsors in the Spotlight
Tracy and John Atkinson
John Campbell and Susanna Peyton
Scott and Julie Borchardt