What started out as an overcast morning turned in to a bright, sunny day as ESC hosted its annual Celebration of Service luncheon. More than 70 volunteers, community leaders, and business members attended the awards ceremony and luncheon on May 10, 2018 at The Landmark Center in Boston.
“This is one of our favorite days of the year,” said Julie Crockford, Executive Director of ESC. “This event provides us with the opportunity to recognize our consultants and fellows who have given so much of their time, experience and energy to the nonprofit community.”
Emily Shea, Commissioner on Affairs of the Elderly for the City of Boston, gave the opening remarks and talked about current initiatives to better serve seniors in the community.
Bonnie Clendenning, newly elected chair of the ESC Board of Directors thanked Ashok Boghani for his service as board chair and Ashok introduced his recent ESC client, keynote speaker, Marolí Licardié, Executive Director of Family & Children’s Service of Lynn. Marolí brought attendees to their feet when she shared her personal story as an immigrant and her concern for the constituents she serves in Lynn, including women afraid to attend meetings in fear an ICE agent may be waiting for them outside the Center’s doors.
While the event is an opportunity give appreciation and gratitude for all those who give their time and talent to ESC, there were a number of special awards presented.
The Caleb Loring, Jr. Award for Consulting Excellence was presented to Judith Kidd. Jude was recognized for her work as the lead governance trainer for ESC as well as the key role she played in helping launch the Nonprofit Executive RoundTable (NET).
The Ezra Merrill Founder’s Award was presented to Marion Nierintz. This award recognizes an individual for exceptional contribution to ESC and the nonprofit community. Marion was honored for her work with ESC Discovery, an initiative that provides programs and resources to help individuals explore options as they approach retirement.
The Edmund V. Marshall Outstanding Project of the Yearwas presented to a team of consultants who worked on the “I Have A Dream” Foundation: Andre Jasse, Ron Ryan and Marilyn Stempler. This award recognizes an ESC Consultant or team whose work has yielded new information or developed new methods which enhance ESC’s organizational capacity. The team of Andre, Ron and Marilyn were honored for being the first ESC project to successfully be conducted completely remotely – through Skype meetings, conference calls and online document sharing.
In addition to the awards for consulting, 25 Encore Fellows were recognized for their service to the nonprofit community.
To view the photos from the event, please visit our Facebook album at http://bit.ly/2KYjlOZ.