elevate: The JVS Gala
Robert Beal, Robert Kraft, Governor Deval Patrick, Jerry Rubin
This year's elevate - The JVS Gala
was a huge success! A record-breaking 430 people
attended the event which raised nearly $400,000
! Can you spot any friends in these photos
We were excited to have many special guests attend, including Robert Kraft
, Barry Shrage
, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne Goldstein
, Representative Ken Gordon
, Representative Kay Kahn
, Representative Tom Sannicandro
, and City Councilor Josh Zakim
We were proud to honor Governor Deval Patrick
for his leadership in promoting opportunity and inclusion through jobs, education, and training for residents of Massachusetts, and pleased to recognize employer partners
from the Transitions to Work
program for their commitment to inclusive hiring practices and employing individuals with disabilities. Be sure to check out this Transitions video
which showcases the impact the program has on its students and employer partners.
Transitions to Work graduate Robbie Mikels (center) with his parents
and JVS' Director of Disability Services Madeline Wenzel
We were also inspired by the personal story of Robbie Mikels
, a graduate of the Transitions to Work program, who shared his struggles and ultimate success in finding meaningful employment.
We want to thank our Gala Host Committee Chairs, Robert Beal
and Jay and Shira Ruderman
; the Host Committee members; our Gala Planning Chair, Margie Glazer
; and the Planning Committee: Catherine Bromberg, Marna Dolinger, Rebecca Glucklich, Joe Goodman, Jane Matlaw, Eric Ritvo, and Ellen Segal.
Thank you for supporting JVS. We hope you can join us at next year's gala!