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June 25, 2022
Northeast Arc's 'An Evening of Changing Lives’ Raises Nearly $700,000
Northeast Arc

June 8, 2022 — More than 500 people recently attended Northeast Arc's An Evening of Changing Lives Under the Stars at the South Lawn at Encore Boston Harbor. The event raised close to $700,000 to benefit local children and adults with disabilities and their families. It was the first time the event has been held in-person since 2019 due to the pandemic.

The evening included the presentation of the Changing Lives Award, which was created to recognize outstanding contributions of a community partner. This year's award was presented to Nancy Huntington Stager, President and CEO of the Eastern Bank Foundation, for her steadfast support of the Northeast Arc, and her work to promote equity, inclusion, and opportunity for people of all abilities.

The highlight of the event was the inclusive fashion show featuring local celebrities and dignitaries walking the runway with someone who is receiving or has received services from Northeast Arc. It was an inspiring presentation hosted by the organization's longtime ambassador, Kim Carrigan, Co-host of Baystate Business on Bloomberg Radio. Celebrity models Carrigan welcomed to the runway included:

  • Lauren Baker, First Lady of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • RoAnn Costin, Philanthropist
  • Julie Rainer Cummings, Northeast Arc Board Member
  • Heidi Ellard, Vice Chair, Northeast Arc Board of Directors
  • Jenny Holaday, President of Encore Boston Harbor
  • Josh Kraft, President of Kraft Family Philanthropies
  • Rebecca Kraft, Art and Recreational Instructor, Northeast Arc
  • Joan McGrath, Executive Director, PLAN of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
  • Andrew O'Donnell, General Manager of LifeTime Fitness in Peabody
  • Jim Palleschi, Senior Vice President, Hub International New England
  • Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health & Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Carolina Trujillo, Volunteer Engagement Director, Eastern Bank Foundation
  • Dr. Patrick Tutwiler, Superintendent, Lynn Public Schools
  • Chris Wayland, President and General Manager, NBC10 Boston, NECN, Telemundo Boston, and NBC Sports Boston
  • James White, record-breaking running back with the New England Patriots

An Evening of Changing was made possible through the generous support of sponsors, including Encore Boston Harbor, Eastern Bank Foundation, PLAN of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, New England Biolabs, Ralph and Janice James, Quinn Brothers, One Digital, and Turkish Airlines.

The money raised will help the Northeast Arc ensure thousands of people with disabilities are leading full, productive, and inclusive lives in the 190 communities across Massachusetts the organization serves.

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