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Boston Scenes 10-24-19: Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center celebrates 50 years in style

Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center celebrated its 50th anniversary with a sold out gala on October 4, 2019 at The Exchange on Boston’s waterfront with a host of community leaders, patients, corporate and human service supporters and staff. President and CEO, Stan McLaren and Board Chair Bonnie Brathwaite gave impassioned speeches about the health center mentioning their plans to increase the center’s level of care and footprint with an expansion that includes a new health center and affordable housing at its Dorchester central building. Several leaders were honored for their role in advancing Harvard Street over the past 50 years, while celebrating with those who are committed to its future growth. Honorees included: first Executive Director E. Lorraine Baugh with the President’s Award, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross with the Trailblazer Award; two past CEO’s were recognized Allen Ball and Charley Murphy; and Athenahealth Co-founder Jonathan Bush who closed the program out by leading an auction from the podium which raised nearly $60,000 to support Harvard Street! A special award was given to Harvard Street from both the Massachusetts and National Association of Community Health Centers.

HSNHC had a number of sponsors and supporters to thank including Carney Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Partners HealthCare, Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center Pharmacy, Boston Medical Center/BMC HealthNet, Athenahealth, Codman Square Health Center, East Boston Community Health Center, Eastern Bank, EJP Designs, Empire Loan, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Margulies Perruzzi Architects, Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP, Steward Health Care Network, Stone & Company, LLC, Robert Miller, LLP, Rogers Gray, Whittier Street Health Center plus the Bay State Banner and Dorchester Reporter. “Your support has been tremendous and we look forward to working with you over the next 50 years!” — HSNHC.

Stan McLaren and E. Lorraine Baugh. PHOTO: DON WEST/fOTOGRAfIKS
Rickie Thompson (left), and Edna Jackson with daughter, Shona Jackson (center). PHOTO: DON WEST/fOTOGRAfIKS
BPD Commissioner William Gross, Secretary Marylou Sudders, Bradley Richardson and Rep. Russell Holmes. PHOTO: DON WEST/fOTOGRAfIKS
Gail Jackson-Blount, Chief Development & Communications Officer for HSNHC and the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies. PHOTO: DON WEST/fOTOGRAfIKS
Stan McLaren, Board Chair Bonnie Brathwaite, Honoree Jonathan Bush and Board Vice Chair Brian Shelly. PHOTO: DON WEST/fOTOGRAfIKS
Jonas Okoye, Loretta Okoye, Leanora McLaren, Simone McLaren and Stan McLaren. PHOTO: DON WEST/fOTOGRAfIKS
Morning Star Baptist Church Bishop Borders and his wife plus Gala guest. PHOTO: DON WEST/fOTOGRAfIKS
Commissioner Gross plants a kiss on his mother—Deanna Gross. PHOTO: DON WEST/fOTOGRAfIKS
William O’Brien, Maryellen O’Brien, Patricia Garvey, Teresa O’Brien and Dr. Mohammad Majeed. PHOTO: DON WEST/fOTOGRAfIKS
Mary Fernandez, Charlotte Golar-Richie, Councilor Annissa Essaibi George and Sarah Ann Shaw. PHOTO: DON WEST/fOTOGRAfIKS