Once again, civic and business leaders came together for our 2016 Celebration of Community Partnerships event hosted by Harborlight Community Partners.
On November 10th, Harborlight Community Partners of Beverly brought together over 300 supporters for the Celebration of Community Partnerships: #HCPgratitude annual event. We gathered at Salem’s Kernwood Country Club for an evening which convened business and civic leaders in support of Harborlight Community Partners’ (HCP) work in eight North Shore communities.
Joining HCP were Senators Joan Lovely and Bruce Tarr, and Representatives Brad Hill and Jerry Parisella, who presented the evening’s honorees with State citations for their community work. Morgan Bell, Legislative Aide to Congressman Seth Moulton, presented Congressional citations on behalf of Congressman Moulton to this year’s honorees, as well.
HCP honored the efforts and contributions of three North Shore partners who have been exceptional in their support of HCP and its affordable housing mission.
Resident Partner Award
At Turtle Creek, Deb Mallon is truly treasured, respected, and cared about within the Turtle community. A Turtle Creek resident since 1999, she has served on the Resident Board for many years. Deb also serves on the Board of Directors of Harborlight Community Partners, where is she is able to bring that unique resident perspective to HCP mission and goals and is also Deb a member of the HCP Resident Advisory Council. Active in the Turtle Creek community, Deb presented a healthy cooking Lunch & Learn for her fellow residents called How to prepare and enjoy the greens and fresh veggies from the Farmer’s Market and is said to have livened up a Turtle Creek Karaoke Night! Deb is an exemplary volunteer who is involved locally in myriad ways, and her work as touched the lives of countless people throughout the years.
Community Partner Award
Institution for Savings is widely recognized as one of the oldest and most stable mutual banks in the country, and is the third largest on the North Shore. In 1820, Institution for Savings, only the third bank created in the Commonwealth, was established to serve the citizens of Newburyport, with opening deposits totaling $465.10 collected on the first day. Today, with assets of more than $2.7 billion, the bank now encompasses 11 Essex County communities. This evening, Harborlight Community Partners recognizes the Institution for Savings with our Community Partner Award, for its exemplary commitment to affordable housing through its support of our work and mission. With affordable housing not nearly able to meet demand, this partnership is critical to the work that must be done if we are to provide homes for neighbors in need. As a Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) investor in HCP, Institution for Savings will propel transformative change in our communities. With the most rigorous project pipeline in our history, this lead contribution and that of all CITC participants could not be more pivotal.
Service Partner Award
Brookwood School’s D-ZIGN Girls were the recipients of our 2016 Service Partners Award. The 6th graders were honored alongside their science teacher, Annie Johnson, and Innovation Coordinator Rich Lehrer, who guided them through an initiative and purposeful 3D printing collaborative with our residents at Harborlight House. The program goal was to teach students how to listen and interact with empathy, through practical uses of authentic 3D design and printing. The D-ZIGN Girls came to Harborlight House to meet the seniors and design and print assistive devices that might, in some way, be of use to the residents. It was wildly successful! This coming together of generations enriched everyone involved. Watch the WGBH film of their project here.
A Reflection of Thoughtful Action Closes out the Evening
Rep. Ann Margaret Ferrante, 5th Essex District, offered an inspirational and moving closing reflection, asking who do we want to be, as a community and as individuals. She spoke with us in about practical and thoughtful ways to look at and think about the challenges facing affordable housing development, including zoning and our own hesitation as a society. Rep. Ferrante passionately spoke of the need, the existing and real plight of homeless individuals and families in our state, and what we, ethically, are bound to do in support to our most vulnerable neighbors. View Representative Ferrante’s full remarks here.