The Manet Community Health Center (Manet) Board of Directors voted unanimously to present its highest honor — the Manet Medallion — to its Pandemic Response Team volunteers who assisted with the health center’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts throughout the course of the pandemic. The award will be presented at Manet’s signature June Bloom fundraising event, 6-9 p.m., on June 9 at Lombardo’s in Randolph, MA.
“Since 2005, the Board of Directors selection for the Manet Medallion award is both compelling and of significance. This considered, we are truly exhilarated and look forward to publicly recognizing the outstanding contributions of these amazing individuals at our June Bloom event, which will be held in person for the first time since 2019,” says Grace Murphy-McAuliffe, President of the Manet Board of Directors. “Their dedication, bravery and commitment to community has been truly inspirational for all of us and we welcome the community to join us as we honor them on June 9.”
The Manet Medallion, last given in 2019 to Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center Health System, 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. Other past recipients include Senator John F. Keenan; The Curry Family; Bob Rivers, President & COO, Eastern Bank; Mayor Thomas P. Koch; Senator Michael W. Morrissey; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; and Chazy Dowaliby, Editor, The Patriot Ledger.
In totality to date, Manet has provided over 50,000 COVID-19 vaccines and over 32,000 COVID tests to patients and community residents across the health center’s service area, which spans from Quincy to Hull to Taunton to Attleboro.
The Pandemic Response Team Volunteer recipients are from all walks of life. They are representative of Manet’s service areas and are comprised of working, retired, social and education, community-based service professionals, state, county; and, senior, and junior citizen volunteers.
“The generosity of time and energy that these volunteers have given to Manet and to our community is more than worthy of our deep and abounding gratitude,” Cynthia Sierra, Manet Chief Executive Officer, explains. “Week after week, month after month, they stood shoulder-to-shoulder with our staff to help ensure that community residents had the best possible experience at the 180 Old Colony Ave. vaccine clinic and ‘pop-ups’ in Quincy. We simply would not have been able to provide the level and volume of response at the clinic without their heartfelt and committed support.”
Special thanks to the event planning committee: Anne C. Bisson, Co-Chair; Alicia A. Gardner, Co-Chair; Dr. Eric Cohen; Patty Dillane; Phyllis Dohanian; Paul McSoley; Grace Murphy-McAuliffe; Tasha Pereira; Karen Ward; Tramaine Weekes; Sophie Wilson; Nancy Wyrebek; and Anli Xiang.