2017 Annual Starfish Thrower Gala

This year's Annual Starfish Thrower Gala, held on May 8th at the Seaport Hotel in Boston was a great success.  Many thanks to our fabulous sponsors; Susan Wornick for her outstanding performance as emcee; and this year's very special awardee, Eric H. Schultz.  And of course to the many folks behind the scenes who helped to make this a grand Gala indeed.  And lastly, our continued gratitude to the Operation A.B.L.E. staff and Distinctive Leadership who tirelessly supports the Operation A.B.L.E. mission every day.

Susan Wornick, Eric Schultz, Joan Cirillo, Lydia Greene2017 HONOREE - Eric H. Schultz

President & Chief Executive Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc.  our 2017 Starfish Thrower Honororee.

This year's honoree is a great example of a Starfish Thrower because of his efforts to make a real difference in our community. He has a long and outstanding commitment in the healthcare field, as well as with non-profits.

Pictured: (left to right) Susan Wornick; Eric H. Schultz; Joan Cirillo, President and CEO and Lydia Greene, Board Chair.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

    United Way of Massachuetts Bay and Merrimack Valley


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Past Starfish Throwers

2016  James T. Brett, The New England Council

2015  Richard E. Holbrook, Eastern Bank

2014  Marvin E. Gilmore, Community Development Corporation of Boston

2013  Joyce Kulhawik, Arts & Entertainment Critic

2012  James Roosevelt, Jr., Tufts Health Plan

2011  Thomas P. O'Neill III, O'Neill & Associates

2010  Julie Kahn, EnterCom New England

2009  George A. Russell, State Street Foundation

2008  John E. Drew, The Drew Companies

2007  Wayne A. Budd, Goodwin Procter LLP

2006  Peter Meade, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

2005  Neal Finnegan, Citizens Bank

2004  James C. Curvey, Fidelity Investments

Starfish Thrower Gala

2017 Starfish Thrower Gala Information found here

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