Published: April 26, 2016
More than 355 people attended this year’s gala, helping to raise just under $400,000 for Bridgewell and its mission, a $59,000 increase over last’s year effort.
“We are so excited to have honored Pat and Julie at this year’s gala,” said Bob Stearns, Bridgewell President & CEO. “We are gratified by the ability to put on a gala that will help grow our donor base, and enable us to meet the needs of adults with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, addiction and other life challenges including those who are homeless.”
Pat McGrath, owner of McGrath Enterprises of Lynn, received the Visionary Leadership award. He has partnered with Bridgewell for over 10 years to build customized residences and enhance commercial sites, while supporting the people Bridgewell cares for through his philanthropy.
Bob Lobel, past honoree and longtime sportscaster, emceed the evening for the third year in a row.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by an organization with such an important mission,” said McGrath. “Since partnering with Bridgewell over 10 years ago on a range of projects, I have seen firsthand the impact this organization has on so many people’s lives. I am thrilled to be part of that effort.”
Dr. Julie Moran received the Excellence in Service award. Dr. Moran is a geriatrician who specializes in older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She runs two outpatient specialty clinics for older adults with these disabilities that are served by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental services, and is a consultant for patients admitted to Tewksbury Hospital. Dr. Moran has served many Bridgewell clients, and is a Clinical instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
“Adults with intellectual disabilities are living longer than ever before. It has been my privilege to have a career devoted to this wonderful population and to work closely with Bridgewell to help their clients with concerns that arise as they grow older,” said Dr. Moran. “I am honored to receive this award and I look forward to continuing to partner with Bridgewell to serve their clients in the future.”
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Thank you to our sponsors…
MacDonald & Vaccaro Insurance Agency, Inc.
Lancelot Janitorial & Paper Products
Charm Medical Supply
Community Credit Union
Cornerstone Construction Co.
Deer Hill Architects
e-Pay Business Solutions
Long Term Pharmacy Solutions
Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Salem Five Charitable Corporation
WCVB-TV Channel 5
Bridgeton Properties, LLC
Carol McKean Events
Casella Waste Systems
City Wide Maintenance
Comfort Home Care, LLC
Dalton & Finegold, L.L.P.
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Eckert Seamans Charitable Foundation
G. Janvrin Home Improvement
Greater Lynn Senior Services, Inc.
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development
Michael Russo Jr. Plumbing and Heating Co.
The New England Council
New England Wheels, Inc.
Picard Construction Corporation
Wakefield Investments, Inc.
Updated January 2016