2017 Starfish Thrower Gala with Operation ABLE

The Starfish Thrower Gala is our signature fundraising event and a critical source of funding for all of our programs and services. Join us as we honor Eric H. Schultz, President and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Operation A.B.L.E. as we celebrate 35 years and the 35,000 people we have helped to find jobs.


2017 Annual Starfish Thrower GalaEric H. Schultz

HONOREE - Eric H. Schultz

Eric H. Schultz, President & Chief Executive Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc.  He 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. He is involved with the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, United Way and the American Heart Association. He is a distinguished Eagle Scout and a regional president for the Boy Scouts Northeast Region. Eric was named among the 50 Most Influential Bostonians by the Boston Business Journal in 2013 and 2014, as well as a Leader in Diversity in 2014.




Susan WornickOur 2017 Emcee



Susan Wornick, legendary anchor, reporter and Emmy Award winner, for WCVB News Channel 5 will be our Emcee for this year's Gala. During her time as a news anchor, she had the top-rated Noon news broadcast at WCVB-TV for over two decades. She now spends her time volunteering for organizations such as Operation A.B.L.E. and working on various projects.




Monday, May 8, 2017 5:30-8:30 PM

Seaport Hotel, Plaza Ballroom

Reception, Hors d’oeuvres, Live Auction, Program and Dessert


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2017 Starship Thrower Gala REGISTER NOW, benefiting Operation ABLE


Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor - FILLED - Includes ONE RESERVED TABLE of * 12 * Premier Seating

Peak Performance Sponsor - $25,000 - Includes ONE RESERVED TABLE of  * 10 *

Excellence Through Experience Sponsor - $10,000 - Includes * 8 * RESERVED SEATS

Training for Transformation Sponsor - $5,000 - Includes * 6 * RESERVED SEATS

New Beginnings Sponsor - $3,000 - Includes * 4 * RESERVED SEATS

Opening Opportunities Sponsor - $1,000 - Includes * 2 * RESERVED SEATS

enABLEr - $300 - Includes * 1 * SEAT


Full Sponsorship package details can be found here.


All sponsorships help provide scholarships for Operation A.B.L.E.'s training programs including:


  • ABLE Beginnings – Basic computer training in the latest Microsoft Office programs
  • Skills2Work – Advanced computer and customer service training program
  • Medical Office Training - Advanced computer skills, medical terminology, HIPAA, medical billing and electronic record keeping
  • ABLE AgeWorks - Professional Career Networking Clubs, Career Advancement Boot Camps, Connections to A.B.L.E. Friendly Employers, Career Coaching from Experts, and Mastering the Digital Divide.

2017 Starship Thrower Gala REGISTER NOW, benefiting Operation ABLE



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

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