The 17th annual BMC Gala, held May 4 at the Seaport World Trade Center, raised more than $2.4 million for the programs and services BMC provides to the Greater Boston community.
|BMC staff at the Gala|
Heather Unruh of WCVB-TV/Channel 5 served as mistress of ceremonies for the event attended by 1,150 supporters of BMC. Respective CEOs Joe Almeida of Covidien, Andrew Dreyfus of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and David Long of Liberty Mutual co-chaired the event. Each company supported at the $100,000 level joining BMC Board of Trustees Chair Ted English of Bob’s Discount Furniture, BMC Philanthropic Trust Chair Randi Cutler and her husband Joel, Natixis Global Asset Management and Ocean State Job Lots. The evening included remarks from Mayor Thomas M. Menino, whose vision created BMC 17 years ago, and BMC President and CEO Kate Walsh.
BMC’s commitment to exceptional care, without exception was highlighted in a video featuring three patient stories. The Gala also paid tribute to all who were affected by the Marathon tragedy – the first responders, the medical personnel, non-medical personnel who were on duty that day and pitched in to help the injured and their families, and the victims themselves, 23 of whom were treated at BMC. The program included a video produced by WHDH-TV/Channel 7, BMC’s partner in the upcoming Health and Fitness Expo next month, that highlighted BMC’s role in caring for the victims of the Marathon bombings.
“We are grateful to our Gala sponsors who were very generous in donating their tables back to BMC so more than 150 members could attend this special event,” says Norman Stein, Vice President, Development. “The spirit throughout the evening was very uplifting for all.”