30th Anniversary Gala
FriendshipWorks’ mission is to reduce isolation, enhance the quality of life, and preserve the dignity of older adults in the Boston area. Our event brought together supporters of this enduring mission. The 2014 event, My Friend, My World, took place on November 18th at 6:00PM at The Fairmont Copley Plaza in the Back Bay. About 400 guests joined us as we honored the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Enid Shapiro, and as we supported the work of FriendshipWorks. The event was spectacular and we thank everyone who celebrated our 30th anniversary with us!
To view photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.
Thank You to Our Event Leadership
Andrea Cohen is the co-founder & CEO of HouseWorks and a recognized social entrepreneur who is dedicated to transforming the way care is delivered to seniors at home. Andrea and her team have built the largest single-site private home care company in the country.
Wendy Nowokunski is co-founder & President of The Northbridge Companies. With over two decades of experience in the senior housing industry, Wendy’s knowledge and vision are the basis for the philosophy at The Northbridge Companies, which emphasizes living well and loving life for seniors.
Thank You to Our Special Guest Performer
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to America’s public health. Thirty years ago, the Foundation was the visionary seed-fund investor in 25 interfaith volunteer caregiver pilot programs – including FriendshipWorks – designed to meet the informal caregiving needs of frail and isolated elders. Today there are over 500 programs across the country based on this model of care; FriendshipWorks has served as a leader, consultant, and inspiration to many of them.
The Friendship Award, established in 2013, is a life-time achievement award honoring friendship to elders. Enid Shapiro has dedicated a lifetime to building interfaith relations and professional advocacy for elders. As a practicing social worker, she has championed the rights and needs of older people, working at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital for decades, and serving on the board of FriendshipWorks and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. For more than 60 years Enid has advanced social justice issues for the neediest among us.