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Join us on October 13, 2023 at the Mandarin Oriental Boston for an unforgettable celebration with dinner, awards, and dancing - all for an incredible cause.
 
At the Heroes in Health Care Gala, we celebrate the passion and dedication of the most influential individuals who are leading the way to a better tomorrow. Please join us in celebrating this year’s honorees.
 

Honoring Heroes in Health Care

Alexandra Drane, Co-Founder & CEO, ARCHANGELS
 
Alexandra Drane, Co-Founder & CEO, ARCHANGELS 
 
 
Lauren A. Smith, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity & Strategy Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation
 
 
 
 
Hosted by Latoyia Edwards
Emmy Award-winning anchor on NBC 10 Boston and NECN 
 
 
 
We are fortunate for everyone involved with the Heroes in Health Care Gala — sponsors, volunteers, auction donors, and guests — who rally behind us every year to make a difference for so many. These funds directly benefit a wide scope of pioneering home health and hospice programs and provide unparalleled patient care.
 
Sponsorships 
The Heroes in Health Care Gala serves as our biggest annual fundraiser. Sponsorships are critical to VNA Care’s ability to provide home health and hospice care to the 26,000 patients who rely on us each year. To find out more information about sponsorships, please reach out to Laura_Wise@vnacare.org.
 
Tickets
Be sure to purchase your tickets before the event sells out. Can't join us? Click here to make a donation.
 
Here's a look back at all the fun we had last year:
Hundreds of business and community leaders joined VNA Care’s nurses and clinicians for a spectacular celebration on October 13, 2023. We extend our deepest gratitude to Presenting Sponsors The Kraft Group, Corridor, and Mutual of America and Trustee Sponsors, Amy and Joshua Boger, our wonderful honorary chairs, and Homecare Homebase. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, $250,000 was raised to support VNA Care’s patient care services and programs.
 
During the event, the annual Heroes Awards were presented to The Kraft Group for their humanitarian mission that brought the Patriots’ plane to China and back with a million N95s for healthcare professionals, and to Dr. Charles Bridges for his innovations in the field of cardiac disease. 
 
Boston Children’s Chorus started the evening with a moving performance. Alondra Bobadilla, Boston’s first-ever Youth Poet Laureate, read a new work that paid tribute to the life-changing care provided by VNA Care’s visiting nurses, and David Brown, Executive Director of the Cam Neely Foundation, returned to lead our Fund the Mission drive. Then, Jeremy Green, contemporary viola player and youtube sensation, got the after-party rolling!

Get an inside look at VNA Care's signature Gala.

 
 
 

2023 Sponsors

 

Presenting Sponsors ($25,000)

 
 
 

Trustee Sponsors ($15,000)

 
 
 

  

Patron Sponsors ($10,000)

Diane L. Leclair

 
Robinson + Cole logo 
 

Benefactors ($5,000)

 
 
  
Clear Company logo 
  
  
 
 
 
 
    

Supporters ($3,000)

Deborah & Ron Feinstein

The Wise Family — Bob, Marni & Laura Wise

 
 
 
 
 
Byram Healthcare logo 
 
 
 
Commonwealth Care Alliance logo 
 
Core Medical Group Logo 
 
 
 
 
JacksonLewis logo 
 
 
 
Prime Buchholz logo
 
 
 
 

Sponsorship Opportunities

 

VISIONARY SPONSOR $50,000

  • Exclusive Visionary Sponsor recognition in all publicity materials* (i.e. press releases, invites, fact sheets)
  • Opportunity to provide remarks or short video clip
  • Display of logo/name throughout event venue including branded on-site activities
  • Featured article in VNA Care publication
  • Company spotlight in two pre-event emails and individualized social media posts tagging your company
  • Visionary sponsorship recognition on event posters displayed in VNA Care’s offices - 1,000 clinicians, staff and staff
  • Logo placement on VNA Care’s homepage for one year - over 90,000 users annually
  • Full-page, color advertisement in event program (best placement)
  • 2 VIP Tables for 20 with preferred placement (if unable to attend, tables will be named)
 

PRESENTING SPONSOR $25,000

  • Presenting Sponsor recognition in all event marketing and publicity materials*
  • Opportunity to provide remarks at podium or short video clip
  • Display of logo/name throughout event venue including branded on-site activities
  • Featured article in VNA Care publication
  • Company spotlight in two pre-event emails and individualized social media posts tagging your company
  • Logo/name on event posters displayed in VNA Care’s offices - 1,000 clinicians, staff and volunteers
  • Logo placement on VNA Care’s homepage - over 90,000 users annually
  • Full-page, color advertisement in event program book
  • 2 VIP Tables for 20 with preferred placement (if unable to attend, tables will be named)
 

TRUSTEE $15,000

  • Trustee Sponsor recognition in all event marketing and publicity materials*
  • Individualized social media posts tagging your company with option to include a specific hashtag
  • Logo/name recognition in VNA Care's newsletters and publications - circulation of 20,000
  • Logo/name on event posters displayed in VNA Care’s offices - 1,000 clinicians, staff and volunteers
  • Logo/name on VNA Care’s website - over 90,000 users annually
  • Full-page, black & white advertisement in event program book
  • VIP Table for 12 with preferred placement
 

PATRON $10,000

  • Sponsorship recognition in select event marketing and publicity materials
  • Logo/name recognition in Caring Matters - circulation of 20,000
  • Logo/name on VNA Care’s website - over 90,000 users annually
  • Full-page, black & white advertisement in event program book
  • High visibility during the Heroes Gala
  • 1 table (10 guests)
 

BENEFACTOR $5,000

  • Logo/name in the event program and projected during the evening/li>
  • Logo/name recognition in VNA Care's newsletters and publications - circulation of 20,000
  • Half-page, black & white advertisement in program book
  • 1 table (10 guests)
 

SUPPORTER $3,000

  • Name recognition in VNA Care's newsletters and publications - circulation of 20,000
  • Sponsor name listing in the event program and projected during the event
  • Five reserved seats
 

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Full-page ad (4.5”W x 7.5”H) $1,000
  • Half-page ad (4.5”W x 3 .625”H) $500

*Response deadline for inclusion on event invitation is July 25. Ads are due by August 15.

 

Our Honor Roll of Heroes

Agios
Sonia L. Alleyne, MPA
John Auerbach, MBA
Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD
Diane Bergeron
JudyAnn Bigby, MD
Joshua Boger, PhD
Dr. Charles Bridges
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
Patricia Kelleher
Joseph Kennedy II
Secretary of State John F. Kerry
Cleve Killingsworth
The Kraft Group
Carolyn Markey
Mayor Thomas M. Menino
Michael Minogue
Dolores Mitchell
Moderna
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 2022 Committee

 

HONORARY GALA CHAIRS

Joshua Boger, PhD
Executive Chairman, Alkeus Pharmaceuticals
Founder of Vertex Pharmaceuticals
 
Amy Boger, MD
Ceramic Artist
 

HONORARY GALA COMMITTEE

Mayor Michelle Wu
City of Boston
 
Alastair Bell, MD
President & CEO
Boston Medical Center Health System
 
Edward J. Benz Jr, MD
President & CEO Emeritus
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
 
Charles R. Bridges, MD, ScD
EVP & Chief Scientific Officer
CorVista Health
 
Kevin B. Churchwell, MD
President & CEO
Boston Children's Hospital
 
Joyce M. Cummings
Co-founder
Cummings Foundation
 
Catherine D'Amato
President & CEO
The Greater Boston Food Bank
 
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD
President and CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
 
John R. Greed
Chairman, President and CEO
Mutual of America
 
Dr. Vin Gupta
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Chief Medical Officer, Amazon Health Services
 
Robert S.D. Higgins, MD
President
Brigham and Women's Hospital
 
Sarah Iselin
President & CEO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
 
Tracy Palandjian
CEO & Co-Founder
Social Finance
 
M. Lee Pelton, PhD
President & CEO
The Boston Foundation
 
Steven Strongwater, MD
Former President & CEO
Atrius Health
 

GALA EMCEE

Latoyia Edwards
NBC Boston
 

GALA COMMITTEE

Linda Hope Springer, Board Chair
Right Management
 
Renee Picard Walsh, Committee Chair
Mutual of America
 
Debra Angeloni-Reilly
 
Barbara Belony, CNP
Mass General Brigham
 
Donna Dupee
Marriott International
 
Maria Fontellio
Eastern Bank
 
Dr. Catherine Frasco, DPT
VNA Care
 
Rod Hemingway, MS-OTR/L
VNA Care
 
Patricia Kelleher
Home Care Alliance of Mass.
 
Jessica Piper, APRN
VNA Care
 
Michelle Sofi
 
Maura Vitello, RN, BSN
Bayada
 
Nubia Whitaker
Moderna
 
Laura Wise
VNA Care
 

FUND THE MISSION AMBASSADOR

David Brown
Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Dean College

2022 Auction Donors

We are extremely grateful to all those who donated to the auction.
 
75 Chestnut
ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage
Beaucage Salon and Spa
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Camarbre
Canyon Ranch, Lenox
Celebrity Series of Boston
Crush Boutique
Paul Goodnight
Rod Hemingway, MS-OTR/L
Huntington Theatre Company
JP Fuji Group
The Langham, Boston
Liberty Hotel
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar
Lyric Stage
MAGIA
Mandarin Oriental, Boston
Mutual of America
The Newbury Boston
Ocean House
Olympia Tea Room
Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport
Ould Newbury Golf Club
Pretty Rugged Gear
Strega Italiano
Toscano
UNI
Renee Picard Walsh
W.O.W.
Westin Copley Place
XV Beacon
Zulu Nyala
 
 

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