Brockton, Mass- Friday evening, September 19th at the Massasoit Conference Center, there were speakers and testimonials, hundreds of business and community leaders and cultural entertainers galore gathered to celebrate the strength and accomplishments of Brockton Day Nursery as the organization turned 120 years old.
Brockton Day Nursery hosted this gala as part of its 120th Anniversary celebration. The impressive list of local elected officials included Representative Michael Brady, Mayor Bill Carpenter, Michelle Dubois, Matthew McDonough, and Scott Vecchi. Major supporters of the gala that were present for the historical evening were Massasoit Community College, Mutual Bank, Signature Healthcare, Rockland Trust, WB Mason, Sullivan Tire, Brockton Housing Authority, and Crescent Credit Union. "It was a great feeling to be able to celebrate such a historic event with 200+ people. Particularly those staff members, alumni and community partners that were able to join us. I am especially grateful to all those who spent the time to make the evening such a success" stated Board President, Craig Harsfield. Brockton Day Nursery’s staff and board of directors are extremely grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support for our historic celebration. In highlighting accomplishments Brockton Day Nursery presented the 2014 Wainwright Service Award and the 2014 BDN Alumni Excellence Award to:
Cheryl Opper, School on Wheels: Received the 2014 Wainwright Service Award. An award created in the memory of Attorney William M. Wainwright who was instrumental in shaping the lives of children in the Brockton area through early education and care. With a fresh college degree in her hands and a font of inspiration, Cheryl began her journey to realize her passion for helping children. After working a variety of jobs, she started the School on Wheels of Massachusetts, a program to support the academic achievement of homeless children with after-school tutoring, needed school supplies, and educational assistance for families.
Dr. Shawn Boone, Los Angeles Unified School District: Received the 2014 BDN Alumni Excellence Award. An award created to honor alumnus of Brockton Day Nursery who have made great strides in life despite their circumstances. This award was newly created to showcase that Great Beginnings in early education and care do lead to Bright Futures. Shawn is now a leader in the field of education, receiving many awards and accolades including Teacher of the Year, Los Angeles Unified School District in May 2013 and Faculty Member of the Year, University of Phoenix, Southern California, College of Education in November 2012.
Proceeds from the event will enable Brockton Day Nursery to not only continue its mission which is to serve the needs of families and children by providing comprehensive early education, care and support services but to also continue the development of a growth project (renovation and expansion), which will enable the program to provide for additional children and families.
Representative Michael Brady offered praise: On behalf of , it is my honor to extend warm greetings and congratulations to the Brockton Day Nursery in recognition of your 120 years of service to the community.
Keynote Speaker, Attorney Kenneth Feinberg commended the event: Brockton Day Nursery is an important part of the very history of Brockton. This evening as we celebrate its 120th Anniversary it is more relevant today than ever before. I congratulate all those who have helped the nursery play such a critical role in the lives of so many.
Brockton Day Nursery student’s, provided a dance performance of exceptional beauty and precision along with heartwarming vocal and skit performances. The Brockton Symphony Orchestra quartet greeted guest with an elegant sound as you entered the gala, and the Big Party Orchestra, performing seamlessly throughout, closed out the evening with their unique style.
Event Chairs were: Mark Linde, Brockton Community Access Television and Attorney Jessica Wainwright, Wainwright Law Office
The Committee included: Alina Correira, ; Anita O’Brien, Brockton Day Nursery; Anna Linzi, Lightheart Enterprise; Barbara Alicea, Triple Berries Events; Benita Smith, Brockton Day Nursery; Brittanie Hansbury, Brockton Day Nursery; Craig Harsfield, Paradigm Wealth Management; Susan Daiute, Brockton Day Nursery; Daniel Matta, Brockton Day Nursery; Debbie Shipman, Brockton Day Nursery; Ebony Cotterell, Solex Payroll Systems; Jim Benson, First Lutheran Church; Lisa Sliney, Rockland Trust; Shaynah Barnes, City Councilor, Brockton; Vanessa Leite, Brockton Day Nursery; Virgina Yafrate, Retired.
For more information visit: www.brocktonday.org or call 508-588-2700. Please contact, Brittanie Hansbury with any questions or to register to attend.