Civic and Business Leaders Gather at the 2015 Celebration of Community Partnerships event Hosted by Harborlight Community Partners
This past November 6th, Harborlight Community Partners of Beverly brought together close to 300 supporters for the annual Celebration of Community Partnerships: Srong Frameworks, Caring Communities event. Held at Salem’s Kernwood Country Club, the evening convened many area business and civic leaders in support of Harborlight Community Partners’ (HCP) work in eight North Shore Communities.
Joining HCP were Senators Tom McGee, Joan Lovely, and Bruce Tarr, 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 the honorees, as well. Representative Jerry Parisella and Mayor Michael Cahill of Beverly were also present.
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.
Architecture and design firm Siemasko + Verbridge of Beverly, MA was granted the Service Partner Award. Siemasko + Verbridge, a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has devoted much time and expertise to the needs of HCP property renovation and development, with no project too large or too small. Siemasko + Verbridge has been generously dedicated to HCP since 2009.
Principal owner, Thaddeus Simasko accepted the award on behalf of the firm. Read his acceptance remarks here.
Top photo: State Senator Joan Lovely and HCP Board President Bob Gillis present Thad Siemasko, with State Citation and 2015 Service Partner Award. Also pictured is Celebration emcee, Bob Murphy. Bottom (L): Team Siemasko + Verbridge Bottom (R): Thad Siemasko with Congressman Seth Moulton’s Legislative Aide, Morgan Bell.
Michael and Diane Christian of Marblehead were the recipients of the Community Partner Award; Mr. Christian, an ardent supporter of Harborlight Community Partners, is the CEO of Risk Strategies Company. Mrs. Christian is the founder of Someone Else’s Child Foundation. Over the years, through their generous support, Mr. and Mrs. Christian have steadfastly buoyed HCP’s mission of serving the housing needs of low-income seniors and families.
Top photo: HCP Board President Bob Gillis with Celebration emcee, Bob Murphy present Michael and Diane Christian with a 2015 Community Partner Award. Bottom (L): State Senator Tom McGee and Congressman Seth Moulton’s Legislative Aide, Morgan Bell present State and Federal citations to the Christians. Bottom (R): Kathy Doukas of New England Development, Diane and Michael Christian, Connie Fredericks and Peter Fallon of Risk Strategies.
The Resident Partner Award was bestowed upon Ms. Stacy Randell of Gloucester. Ms. Randell, the Director of the Adult Learning Center at North Shore Community College, is a staunch advocate of issues related to affordable housing. Ms. Randell will be recognized for her leadership as the president of the Trustees of the Haven Terrace Condo Association, the governing association of the properties founded by the Cape Ann Land Trust (currently managed HCP), and is also a member of HCP’s Resident Advisory Council (RAC). Read Stacy’s acceptance remarks here.
Top photo: State Senator Bruce Tarr pays tribute to Stacy Randall with Celebration emcee Bob Murphy and HCP Board President Bob Gillis. Bottom (L): Bob Gillis presents 2015 Resident Partner Award Bottom (R): Morgan Bell from Congressman Seth Moulton’s office presents a Federal citation to Stacy Randall.
A Moving Reflection to Close the Evening
A moving reflection was led by Jorge Rodriquez V, graduate of Gordon College and intern at HCP, who spoke to his personal experience growing up in affordable housing and the impact it had on his life, as well as getting to know HCP residents during his internship. Jorge made an impassioned plea for the need for more affordable housing for families.
Jorge recounted of his time at HCP, One resident shared that it was never in their life plan to live in an affordable home ”but they got sick. What once was a strong, able body deteriorated leaving them unable to work. He continued, ¦They shared that for them Harborlight literally saved their life for if not for this unit they believe they might have been homeless. Read Jorge’s full speech here. Click here for video.