Activist and Athlete Diana Nyad is presented with the Dr. Susan M. Love Award at Fenway Health’s Dinner Party on Saturday, April 21. (From left to right) Fenway Board Chair Liz Page, Diana Nyad, Fenway Health Interim CEO Darlene Stromstad, Dinner Party Co-Chairs Theresa Murray, Amanda Preston-Sicari and Katelyn Dolan. Photo by Marilyn Humphries.
THANKS TO ALL FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL DINNER PARTY!
We’d like to extend a sincere thank you to all of our Dinner Party Table Captains and Event Team members; our corporate sponsors; Dr. Susan M. Love Award recipient Diana Nyad; Gina Yashere; Signature; and the 1,100 lesbians and bisexual women, transgender people, friends, supporters and volunteers who attended the 2018 Dinner Party for helping to make the evening so special and successful! We’d also like to thank our Art Advisory Committee for curating the art collection for this year’s silent auction. And a special thanks goes out to our Event Co-Chairs Katelyn Dolan, Theresa Murray, and Amanda Preston-Sicari, whose hard work made the night possible. With your help, we raised $560,144 in cash and pledges to support the life-saving services and programs of Fenway Health.
Photos, Videos and More
Photos from The Dinner Party’s official photographer Marilyn Humphries have been posted on Flickr.
You can view all the photos from the Danger Booth online here.
In this video, which debuted at this year’s Dinner Party, some of our amazing patients tell their personal Fenway stories.
WE HAD A BLAST – SEE YOU ALL IN 2019!
Do you have questions about The Dinner Party or need to claim a silent auction item? Please call Fenway’s Development Department at 617.927.6350 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DINNER PARTY TICKETS
The 2018 Dinner Party has sold out and online ticket sales have ended. Please call us at 617.927.6350 with any questions.
Can’t attend but still want to support Fenway Health and The Dinner Party?
BECOME A TABLE CAPTAIN
Table Captains are the life of the party! Guarantee a table in the elegant Boston Marriott Copley Place ballroom for you and 11 of your friends by booking today. Tables are $2,700, and individual tickets are $225.
To sign up to be a Table Captain today, complete the Table Captain Registration Form. Please allow 24-48 hours for your name to appear on the Table Captain pull-down list on The Dinner Party ticket purchase page. If you have any questions or wish to have your guests purchase tickets by phone, please call 617.927.6350.
TABLE CAPTAIN REGISTRATION
Would you like to increase your philanthropic visibility and make your Dinner Party experience even more fabulous? Ask us about hosting a Premium Table; where you have the opportunity to pay tribute to someone who has made a difference in your life with a naming opportunity and enjoy benefits that will enhance your evening. Contact Niamh Foley at email@example.com for more information.
TABLE CAPTAIN BENEFITS:
Table Captains get to choose their table location! Sign up early and pledge to fill your table, or pay for the table in full, to ensure that you and your guests have a great table location. Table Captains will select their table location in the order in which their tables are paid.
Signing up as a Table Captain will ensure that friends all sit together. Have your name or a Table name listed on the “Purchase Tickets” page, so that your guests can go online, select your name, and easily purchase their tickets to your table.
Meet others like you leading up to the big night. Table Captains receive invitations to special Dinner Party Table Captain events.
* Please note, unsold tickets at your table should be released back to Fenway Health by April 6 or paid for by the Table Captain.
Please pay for your table in full no later than April 6, 2018.
The Table Selection Party will be held on April 9, 2018 at Fenway Health’s 1340 Boylston Street location.
Our 2018 Dr. Susan M. Love Award Winner
Fenway Health is proud to honor renowned athlete Diana Nyad with the Dr. Susan M. Love Award. Nyad is being recognized for her contributions to women’s athletics and fitness.
Each year, the Dr. Susan M. Love Award is given to honor and celebrate a woman and/or organization that has made a significant contribution to the field of women’s health. The Love Award is given in honor of its founding recipient, Dr. Susan M. Love, a pioneer in the fields of women’s health and breast cancer. Love helped found the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center in 1992 and currently heads up the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, which is dedicated to eradicating breast cancer.
On September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage, swimming 111 miles in fifty-three hours from Havana to Key West. In the 1970s, she became known as the world’s greatest long distance swimmer with her open-water achievements, including a record-breaking swim around Manhattan.
For the next thirty years, Nyad was a prominent sports broadcaster and journalist, filing compelling stories for National Public Radio, ABC’S Wide World of Sports, and others. She is the author of the upcoming memoir, Find a Way, and three other books, is a national fitness icon, is a talented linguist, and is one of today’s most powerful and engaging public speakers.
Diana is a brave survivor who encourages women to tell their stories of the trusted sexual predators who are so dominate in our society and who continue to victimize women every day. By sharing her own story of abuse, she inspires other women to begin the long journey of healing themselves.
MC and Entertainment
We’re excited to welcome Gina Yashere as our MC and Signature as our live band at the 2018 Dinner Party!
Gina was born and raised in London UK, of Nigerian parents. She has been a stand up and TV star in the UK for several years now, with appearances on iconic TV shows such as Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week, as well as creating and performing popular comedic characters on The Lenny Henry Show.
Gina broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final 10, and then never went home!
She is also known in the US for being the only British comedian to ever appear on the iconic Def Comedy Jam, as well as for her hilarious appearances on The Tonight Show (NBC), Crashing (HBO), @Midnight on Comedy Central, her one hour Stand Up Special, Skinny B*tch on Showtime and now as the British Correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
It’s a wonder she found the time to pick up her fourth award in a row for “Best Comedian” at the recent Black Entertainment and Comedy Awards (UK). Gina has performed numerous times at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Toronto. Feature films appearances have included Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mr. in Between, and she has voiced characters for several animations including the hit movie, Early Man!
Signature is a contemporary eight-piece ensemble that features 3 diverse and compelling lead vocalists. These Berklee College of Music graduates deliver powerhouse performances over a wide variety of material and feature bilingual Latin music upon request.
Coupled with non-stop energy from the bands’ instrumentalists, Signature excels at music that includes Top 40, Motown, Soul, classic hits, jazz, hip-hop and salsa. Signature has been celebrated at all types of events but excels in the realm of weddings, fundraisers & corporate parties.
Dinner Party Co-chairs
Katelyn’s relationship with Fenway Health began when she moved to Boston in 2010 to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Fenway provided Katelyn with an environment where she felt welcome, safe and accepted throughout her coming out journey. Her experiences as a patient at Fenway Health led Katelyn to join the Young Leaders Council and its Steering Committee, the Fenway Health Dinner Party Committee, and to participate in the Harbor to the Bay ride over the past five years.
Katelyn graduated from Assumption College with a BA in Biology and Economics; she then received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College in 2014. Professionally, Katelyn began her career as an Inpatient Acute Physical Therapist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an affiliate of Fenway Health. After two and a half years, Katelyn decided to pursue her passion in pediatrics and joined the Inpatient Acute Physical Therapy team at Boston Children’s Hospital. Additionally, she serves as one of the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach’s at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Theresa C. Murray
Theresa C. Murray retired as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency in 2013. She led the State’s response and recovery efforts for Superstorm Sandy and presented nationally on cybersecurity initiatives developed in the State.
In 2009, Murray retired as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge following a 25 year career in federal law enforcement, where she managed offices in Boston, New York and San Juan. Murray’s New York office was destroyed by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and she served at Ground Zero in the days following the attacks.
Murray is a National Executive Board Emeritus member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. She was the first woman to be elected as a national officer of the association.
Murray is a graduate of Salve Regina University with a BS in Criminal Justice. The University honored Murray with a Alumni Achievement Award.
Murray is a member of the Board of Directors for The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. She is a long time supporter of The Dinner Party and previously served as a Co-Chair in 2012.
Amanda Preston-Sicari is the Director of Recruitment for the Boston Public Schools, where she oversees recruitment systems and policies for all teacher, principal, and headmaster positions in the district. She and her team are continuously working to build a high quality, effective, diverse, and passionate teacher and school leader community in BPS. Amanda holds a Master’s in Urban Education Policy from Brown University, and a Bachelor’s from Bryn Mawr College.
She has been a member of the Dinner Party Planning Committee since 2014, and is a member of Fenway’s Young Leaders Council. This past April, thanks to Fenway Health’s Alternative Insemination Program and wonderful Women’s Health team, she and her wife welcomed their daughter Linnéa into their family.
As of 02/23/18