Announcing “Passion As Pathway…” Gala

Ron_SuskindThe Arc of Massachusetts is delighted to announce that our 2016 Gala Passion as Pathway… will be held on Wednesday, November 16. We will be honoring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Suskind. Ron has written several important works of nonfiction, including Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, which chronicles his family’s twenty-year struggle with their son Owen’s autism. The book is the foundation of Life, Animated, a film which Ron produced.

The Suskind family has made significant contributions to the understanding of autism through their creative use of Disney films to communicate with Owen. Owen found a pathway to communication through his passion for Disney animation. Tapping into a specific passion – whether it is music, horses, sports, or art – can help a person with an intellectual or developmental disability find a way to communicate with family and friends and understand the world around them.

Life Animated Poster smallAbout the Passion as Pathway… Gala

The Passion as Pathway… Gala will be held at the newly-renovated Boston Park Plaza Hotel. To kick off our evening of activities, guests are invited to a screening of Life, Animated and to participate in a brief question-and-answer period with Ron. Following the film, guests will move to the Grand Ballroom for the cocktail reception and silent auction. This will be followed by a seated dinner, with a presentation honoring Ron and Owen, and a live auction.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship options range from $1,000 to $35,000, providing opportunities for corporations, individuals, and agencies to get involved and support The Arc of Massachusetts at a range of gift levels. Please contact Katrin Aback, Director of Development to learn more about sponsorships. She can be reached at or 781-891-6270 x6105.

For Additional Information and Updates

In addition to sponsorships, we are seeking unique and fun items for the live and silent auctions. To make an auction donation, please contact Community Relations Manager Judy Zacek at or 781-891-6270 x6102. We will regularly updating information about the Gala, so stop by to get the latest details and to purchase tickets.

“Passion as Pathway™” used with permission by The Affinity Project, Inc.  Image courtesy of Life Animated Doc LLC, used with permission.


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