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Heroes in Health Care

Save the date for the Heroes in Health Care Benefit on Oct. 22, 2021. The event will begin at 6 p.m., with guests attending both in-person at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston and virtually. 
During our 2020 Heroes in Health Care event,  the community “came together” online to celebrate VNA Care’s extraordinary nurses and health care workforce and raise critical funds for patient care.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our sponsors and donors, we raised nearly $200,000 to bolster our ability to care for patients and support our clinicians.
The Heroes event served as a special opportunity to honor the brave frontline nurses and staff that have been caring for COVID-19 positive patients in their homes, while also providing home-based care to those with other illnesses and injuries.
Dr. Mallika Marshall, Emmy-award winning journalist, physician, and health reporter at WBZ-TV in Boston, emceed the event, and Mayor Marty Walsh joined us for a special salute to our healthcare heroes. Civil rights trailblazer and recent patient Marvin Gilmore shared his experience with VNA Care and applauded the clinicians’ dedicated service to the community.
You can still take part in Heroes in Health Care. Watch the video on our YouTube channel.

Support VNA Care's Healthcare Heroes

To make a special Fund the Mission gift in honor of our Heroes, visit our online donation page or contact Laura Wise, manager of fund development, at or 617-886-6460.

View the 2020 Gala Program Book

Click here to see the Heroes in Health Care program book.   

Sponsor the 2021 Heroes in Healthcare Gala

For questions regarding sponsorship opportunities and leadership giving, please contact Laura Wise, manager of fund development, at or 617-886-6460.

2020 Sponsors


Presenting Sponsors ($25,000)


Trustee Sponsors ($15,000)


Patron Sponsors ($10,000)

Benefactors ($5,000)

The Wise Family — Bob, Marni & Laura Wise

Supporters ($3,000)

Chris & Meggan Bailey
Deborah & Ron Feinstein

Sponsorship Opportunities



  • Special introduction and recognition at the start of the event
  • Gold Page virtual ad
  • Dedicated social media posts
  • Logo/family name on all event materials including VNA Care's home page (over 90,000 users annually), and post-event newsletter (circulation 15,000)

TRUSTEE $15,000

  • Recognition and shout-out during the event
  • Gold Page virtual ad
  • Logo/family name recognition on website and newsletters
  • Dedicated social media posts

PATRON $10,000

  • Recognition and shout-out during the event
  • Silver Page virtual ad
  • Logo/family recognition on website and post-event newsletter
  • Social media promotion


  • Recognition during the event
  • Bronze Page virtual ad
  • Social media promotion
  • Name recognition on website and post-event newsletter


  • Name listing during the event and post-event newsletter


  • $1,000 Full-page
  • $500 Half-page

Our Honor Roll of Heroes

Sonia L. Alleyne, MPA
John Auerbach, MBA
Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD
Diane Bergeron
JudyAnn Bigby, MD
Joshua Boger, PhD
Tony Coles, MD
Joseph Coughlin, PhD
Thomas A. Croswell
Sandra L. Fenwick
Matthew Fishman
Joanne Handy, RN, MS
James W. Hunt, Jr., PhD
IBM Watson Health
Larry Jasinski
Jackie Jenkins-Scott
Paula Johnson, MD, MPH
Patricia Joyce, RN
Joseph Kennedy II
Secretary of State John F. Kerry
Cleve Killingsworth
Carolyn Markey
Mayor Thomas M. Menino
Michael Minogue
Dolores Mitchell
Mutual of America
National Grid
Rich Rakowski
Dr. Joan Y. Reede
Shepard Remis, Esq.
James Roosevelt, Jr.
Pierantonio Russo, MD, FCPP, FAAP
Jill Shah
Steven Strongwater, MD
Kevin Tabb, MD
Henri A. Termeer
Third Rock Ventures
Mark Levin
Kevin Starr
Robert Tepper, MD
Elaine Ullian
Ronald L. Walker II
Kate Walsh, MPH
Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD
Lynn Wiatrowski
Robert Witzburg, MD
Ellen M. Zane

Meet Our 2019 Committee


Fund the Mission Chairs

Joshua Boger
Founder & Former Chairman, President & CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Amy Boger
Ceramic Artist

Honorary Gala Chair

Jarrett G. Bauer
CEO, Health Recovery Solutions

Gala Chairs

John Murphy
Chair, VNA of Boston Board of Directors
Linda Hope-Springer
Senior Consultant, Right Management

Gala Committee Chairs

Debra Angeloni
Renee Picard Walsh
Co-Founder & President, ClinLogica

Mistress of Ceremonies

Dr. Mallika Marshall
Medical Reporter for WBZ-TV News

Fund the Mission Ambassador

David Brown
MAB Community Services

Gala Committee

Barbara Belony, RN
Clinical Manager, Partners Healthcare
Charlotte Bolster, PT
Physical Therapist, VNA Care
Donna Dupee
Rod Hemingway, OT
Occupational Therapist, VNA Care
Catherine James, RN
Registered Nurse, VNA Care
Jessica Piper, ACHNP
Nurse Practitioner, VNA Care
Susan H. Servais
Michelle Sofi
Maura Vitello, RN
Education Specialist, Brockton VNA
Laura Wise
Manager of Fund Development, VNA Care

Honorary Committee

Mayor Martin J. Walsh
City of Boston
Edward J. Benz Jr, MD
Retired President, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Troyen A. Brennan, MD
Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health
Thomas A. Croswell
President & CEO, Tufts Health Plan
Andrew Dreyfus
President & CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Sandra L. Fenwick
President & CEO, Boston Children's Hospital
John R. Greed
Chairman, President & CEO, Mutual of America
Deval Patrick
Managing Director, Bain Capital &
Diane Patrick
Senior Counsel, Ropes & Gray
Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD
President, Brigham Health
Richard Rakowski
CEO, Medically Home
Joan Y. Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA
Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership,
Harvard Medical School
Emily Rooney
TV Talk Show Host
Kevin Tabb, MD
President & CEO, Beth Israel Lahey Health
Lydia Villa-Komaroff, PhD
Founder & Principal, Intersections SBD
Kate Walsh
President & CEO, Boston Medical Center
Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD
President & CEO, Biomedical Growth Strategies
& Gordon Bannister

2019 Sponsors

Thank you to all our sponsors and friends whose support of the 2019 Heroes in Health Gala raised $340,000 for patient care. We congratulate our 2019 Heroes Dr. Tony Coles, Dr. Steven Strongwater, and Patricia Joyce, RN, for their contributions to the health of our community. Amy and Joshua Boger served as Fund the Mission Chairs for this very special evening.
We are grateful to the following businesses and individuals for their generosity:

Presenting Sponsors ($25,000)


Trustee Sponsors ($15,000)


Patron Sponsors ($10,000)

Tufts Health Plan

Benefactors ($5,000)

Chris & Mary Beth Gordon
Elaine & Steven Strongwater, MD

Supporters ($3,000)

Deborah & Ron Feinstein
John & Denise Murphy
The Wise Family - Bob, Marni & Laura Wise
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