The Friends of Metro Boston Annual Thanksgiving Dinner was held on November 22 at Florian Hall in Dorchester, MA. People who receive services by Department of Mental Health (DMH) in the Metro Boston area were invited. Over 475 people were guests with about 200 volunteers to help serve the delicious meal.
Secretary of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, DMH Commissioner Joan Mikula, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans headlined the event. In addition, community leader and Southhill Childrens Fund Founder Billy Higgins, Boston Legacy Planning LLC Founding Member and Attorney William Coyne, Massachusetts Port Authority Charitable Giving Programs Manager Alaina Coppola also attended. The event would also not be possible without the support of the many volunteers.
“I have been volunteering for this event since I was 11 years old,” said Friends of Metro Boston’s Program Director Cameron Zirpolo. “To see how much time and effort goes into it behind the scenes makes me so proud of my team. This event puts a smile on my face every year, because it’s a group of people coming together to make a difference in the community. That is what the Friends of Metro Boston have been about for the past 35 years.”