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Boston Scenes 11-12-2015

The 28th annual Steppin’ Out for The Dimock Center was held on Saturday November 7th. The evening was headlined by the ten-time Grammy Award winning international icon, Chaka Khan. The black-tie fundraiser raised more than $750 thousand for The Dimock Center. Ken Casey, left, of The Dropkick Murphys and Claddagh Fund, announces $100 thousand challenge match supporting The Dimock Center’s Capital Campaign to rebuild its substance abuse detox facility with President and CEO of The Dimock Center Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan.
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Dudley Neighbors Inc., artists from the Fairmount Cultural Corridor Initiative and residents of the Dudley St. triangle celebrated control of their land last weekend with the unveiling of public art and live music community performances. This installation, funded by the Barr Foundation, engaged artists Nansi Guevara (left) and Kalamu Kieta (right) who worked with community members, Youth Build and the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in transforming a long-vacant lot on Dudley Street with giant wooden letters stating OUR TIERRA LIVRI (English, Spanish and Cape Verdean Creole for Our Liberated Land). The project is meant to encourage ownership of the space and spark conversation about how land ownership affects the current distribution of power in our society.
A joyous and special evening was enjoyed by all at the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center’s (HSNHC) annual gala celebrating 46 years of service to the N. Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan neighborhoods. Receiving special recognition were Michael Curry - Pres. NAACP (l), Claudia Liranzo (2nd l) and Darnell Williams, CEO Urban League (3rd l) and they are joined by Bonnie Brathwaite, Board Chair, and Charles A. Murphy, Pres./CEO HSNHC
Jean McGuire, METCO Executive Director, is welcomed into ABCD Hall of Fame at the organization’s Community Heroes Celebration on Nov.6 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. More than 1,000 guests cheered on the longtime executive director of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity which provides educational opportunities and integrated learning experiences for thousands of inner-city and suburban students. Since the 1960s, McGuire has been a powerful voice for breaking down barriers and creating opportunity. (l-r) John McGahan, ABCD Board Chair; John J. Drew, ABCD President/CEO; McGuire; Sharon Scott-Chandler, ABCD Executive Vice President.
The School-Based Health Center at TechBoston Academy run by Codman Square Health Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary. School-Based Health Centers are one of the most successful ways health care has been able to reach students, and for the past 20 years over 1,200 each year are given access to important health services. The School-Based Health Center at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester is outfitted with a full service dental suite, helps run an annual health fair, and has a Peer Leadership Program that helps to educate the students about important public health issues like HIV, relationships and alcohol. One of this year’s Peer Leaders is pictured along with the School-Based Health Center leader, Jane Tuitt, NP.
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