On June 12th, a grand celebration to honor the mission, work and staff of Melmark New England was held on the front lawn of the Andover campus. More than 150 former and current parents, friends, staff from the New England and Pennsylvania campuses including Melmark President and CEO Joanne Gillis-Donovan, Ph.D., board members and donors attended the event. Among those in attendance were the Teamsters Union Local 25, the Yawkey Foundation and local and State Representatives, all together to celebrate the successes of Melmark's work in New England.
The evening featured awards and recognitions to staff, board members, parents who organized events to benefit those served by Melmark New England, as well as major philanthropic supporters. During the event, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas bestowed a Certificate of Special Recognition of Providing Outstanding Educational Services to Children and Young Adults with Autism to Melmark New England.
The evening ended with the viewing of a specially created anniversary video which inspired cheers and tears throughout the audience.
Thank you to those of you who were able to attend and share this special evening. We have loved serving you over the last 15 years and look forward to the next 15!