Event raises $113K for health center programs and services

Despite the stormy weather that prompted a last minute venue change, Manet Community Health Center celebrated its 40th anniversary with more than 250 guests, including patients, donors, vendors, elected officials and staff past and present, at Quincy High School on June 20 and raised more than $113,000 for the health center’s programs and services. Set to music and food spanning the decades by DJ Nicky D Cronin and Cypress Catering, the event paid homage to the health center’s beginnings in 1979 in Houghs Neck while emphasizing its dynamic path for the future.

Serving as emcee for the evening, Manet’s Foundation Board chair Joseph Reardon thanked Mayor Thomas Koch, the superintendent of schools Dr. Richard DeCristofaro and their staffs for facilitating the last minute move from Pageant Field to the high school in the face of predicted thunder and lightning. He was joined during the program by Manet Board President Bob Griffin, sporting a Roberto Clemente t-shirt in memory of his boyhood hero and role model for community service, and Manet CEO Cynthia Sierra, who focused her remarks on Manet’s commitment and gratitude to patients. Presenting citations from the Massachusetts House of Representatives were representatives Tackey Chan and Joan Meschino and from the Senate were senators John Keenan and Patrick O’Connor. Jennifer Constable, of the Town of Hull Board of Selectmen, and Mayor Thomas Koch offered citations in honor of Manet’s 40th anniversary as well. Mayor Koch also recognized longtime Manet staffer Kathy Sullivan, who is retiring this month after 40 years of service to the health center. The crowd responded with a rousing standing ovation.

Among the evening’s highlights were the presentation of three awards by the Manet Board of Directors — the Manet Medallion, its highest honor, to Kate Walsh, president & CEO of Boston Medical Center (BMC); the Elizabeth A. Swanton Community Service Award, posthumously, to Officer John Munise of the Taunton Police Department; and the Barbara A. Morris Award for Distinguished Service to the Manet Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Team.

The Manet Medallion, last given in 2015 to Senator John Keenan, is presented periodically to “an individual or group living or working in a community served by the health center who has significantly lifted, supported, championed or advanced the health center’s dedication to providing accessible, high quality health care and supportive services and demonstrated consistent community goodwill and fellowship beyond the health center walls.” According to Griffin, the Board of Directors selected Walsh for this award in recognition of her exemplary leadership, outstanding partnership and compassionate commitment to ensuring a critical safety net system of care in the region and to Manet’s mission.

The Elizabeth A. Swanton Community Service Award, previously presented in June 2018 to a group of Quincy residents for their response after Winter Storm Riley, was presented by Griffin and Taunton Mayor Tom Hoye, who detailed the dedication and compassion with which Officer Munise served the city of Taunton and its residents, particularly those struggling with substance use disorders. Officer Munise’s widow, Linda Munise, and their daughter Shannon Delpapa accepted the award.

Griffin was then joined by former long-serving board member and Quincy resident Barbara Morris to present The Barbara A. Morris Award for Distinguished Service to the Manet Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Team, including the program’s Medical Director Dr. Rob Shiner, who also serves as Manet’s Chief Quality Officer, and program’s administrative director Kim Kroeger, Director Prevention Services, for their work in helping individuals with substance use disorders. Other MAT Team members include: Ream Akkeh, FNP-C; Christine Basile, FNP-C; Dr. Bill Brandon; Dr. Vikram Butani; Tim Comeaux, LICSW, CADC-1; Dr. Mary Ann Dakkak; Asia DeGaust; Stacey DeSousa, RN; Jane Farrell, LICSW; Dr. Karin Hemmingsen; Charlotte Hines, FNP-BC; Nina Lowery, PA-C; Ian MacDonald;Oumaima Mansouri, LCSW; Ivy Opoku Mensah, FNP-C; Kathleen Neimann, ANP-C; Dr. Jennifer Sabir; Corinne Sieben, RN; Dr. Elizabeth Tsai; Snezhana Voynova, RN; Dr. Justin Yang.

Heartfelt Thanks to our Sponsors!

Decade Sponsors

VIP Sponsors

Table Top Sponsors

Hank Rittal & Ann Toscano

Mayor Thomas P. Koch, City of Quincy

Robert Griffin and Roseann Russell

Customized Sponsors

Wine Pull Sponsor

Eric Cohen, MD

Billboard Sponsor

Local 103 – Boston

Cup Sponsor

Cup Sponsor

Napkin Sponsor

Community Health Supporter Plus

Codman Square Health Center

Community Health Supporters

Aspire Health Alliance

Call 4 Health

Phyllis Dohanian

Patricia and John Dillane


Gavin Foundation

Green Pages Technology Solutions

Griffin Maintenance Services

The Hacunda Family

Hub International

Innovative Cost Solutions

Krokidas & Bluestein

Matt Littlefield

Morton Hospital

Senior Whole Health

Cynthia Sierra

South Boston CHC

South Cove CHC

South Shore Bank

Vitra Health

Yozell Associates

Partners for a Healthy Life


Bank of America

Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton

Ann Bisson

Ian Cain

Father Bill’s and Mainspring

Eva Greenwood

Lisa and Ken Levine

Keith and Grace McAuliffe

Quincy Community Action Programs (QCAP)

Quincy Credit Union

Quincy Rotary Club

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.

Tremont Credit Union

Friendship Sponsors

Quincy College

Coastal Heritage Bank

Bay State Community Services

New Horizon Communications Group

Deepest Gratitude to our Auction, Raffle & In-Kind Donors!

  •  Abby Park & Novara
  • Adams National Park
  • Attitash Mountain Village
  • Atlas Liquors
  • Aura Salon 1155
  • Bank of America
  • Bernie & Phyl’s
  • BOSE® Corporation
  • Boston Bruins Foundation
  • Boston Crawling
  • Boston Red Sox Foundation
  • Caryn’s Corner
  • Clifford’s Flowers
  • Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy lll
  • Congressman Stephen F. Lynch
  • Cranmore Mountain Resort
  • Cumberland Farms
  • Dave and Busters
  • Death Wish Coffee Co.
  • Foxwoods Resort and Casino
  • Fratelli’s Pastry Shop – Quincy
  • Friends of Paragon Park
  • George Washington Toma
  • Granite Links Golf Club
  • Healthy Balance
  • Heritage Museum & Gardens
  • Huntington Theatre
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Intl Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Isabella Stuart Gardner
  • Jake’s Seafood Restaurant
  • Keohane Funeral Home
  • Krokidas & Bluestein
  • LaDalat Restaurant
  • Lumiere Dental Spa
  • Lux Dental
  • Mallory Portraits
  • Marina Bay Management
  • Nantasket Beach Resort
  • National Wine
  • New England Aquarium
  • NE Patriots Foundation
  • Norfolk County Sheriff
  • Oriental Trading
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Picaboo
  • Plimouth Planation
  • Princess House®
  • Roche Brothers
  • Showcase Cinema
  • South Coastal Animal Health
  • South Shore YMCA
  • Swan Boats of Boston
  • The Common Market
  • The Preservation Society of Newport County
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden
  • TreeTop Adventures
  • Wachusett Mountain
  • Vineyard Vines
  • X1 Boston

Sincere Appreciation to our Volunteers!

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts – Blue Crew

Crystal Adams

Sarah Bohlayer

Kristen Bohn

Clotilde Bouquet-Vixama

Jessica Breen

Kimberly Carrington

Alison Clinton

Alexis Higgins

Peter McManus

Amber Prevey

Nicole Rosenberg

Julia Saldana

Donna Smith

Emily Stearns

Tremont Credit Union

Sheila Lynch

Bryan Sliech

Joe Mullaney

Quincy Credit Union

Hanna Nunes

North Quincy High School MA-841st Air Force Jr. ROTC

Thank You 40th Anniversary Host Committee and event staff!

  • Joseph M. Reardon, Chair
  • Abdul Abdulwaheed, DMD
  • Ryan Barrett
  • Anne Bisson
  • Eric Cohen, MD
  • Sean Curry
  • Patty Dillane
  • Phyllis Dohanian
  • Alicia Gardner
  • Gene E. Green, MD, MBA
  • Robert Griffin, Esq.
  • Neda Hovaizi, DDS
  • Amy Kelly
  • Matt Littlefield
  • Larry Liuzzo
  • Grace McAuliffe
  • Terry Bellotti-Palmieri
  • Diane Papadakos
  • Lindsay Tia Reilly
  • Helen V. Shiner
  • Cynthia Sierra
  • Charles Thayer, MD

Manet Event Staff

Amy O’Brien, Crystal Lee, Kathy Golden, and Sandra McGunigle