Thank-you Letter to 2016 We Are Boston Gala Supporters

Thank you to all our supporters for making We Are Boston 2016 a great success!

A special thank-you to our co-chairs, Rob DeMartini, Steve Melia and Micho Spring for leading the amazing WAB committee – Mark Bettencourt, Sherry Dong, Atsuko Toko Fish, Rita German, Lucas Guerra, Cynthia Izzo, Robert Lewis, Jr., Sam Mazzarelli, Robert L. Reynolds, Bob Rivers, James E. Rooney and Brad Ulrich. We are so grateful to all of you!
Mayor Walsh(right) and Director St. Guillen hand out award at the Gala.

We were thrilled to be able to honor John B. Cruz, III of Cruz Companies and Richard E. Holbrook of Eastern Bank as this year’s Leadership Awardees for their many contributions to immigrant communities across Boston. We also recognized one of our committed corporate partners, Clear Channel Outdoor, for their continued support over the years. As in years past, we also gave two Youth in Action awards to 2 very special young people in Boston, already making big impacts in their communities – Melisa DePina and Franchesca Tejeda. Well-deserved recognitions to all!

The evening would not have been possible without the very generous support of our Co-Host Sponsor, New Balance Athletics, Inc. and our Exclusive Magazine Sponsor, the Improper Bostonian. Please see below for a list of all our 2016 sponsors.

Lastly, we were honored with the special appearance by “Orange is the New Black” star and writer of “In the Country We Love,” Diane Guerrero, who inspired the audience with her own story as a child of immigrants growing up in Boston. We were proud to join Mayor Walsh in proclaiming November 29, 2016 as Diane Guerrero Day in the city of Boston.

Proceeds from the 2016 We Are Boston Gala will benefit:
o The Immigrant Integration and Empowerment Initiative
o Immigrant Information Corners
o Immigration Advice Clinics
o English for New Bostonians
o Citizenship Day

Thanks again to all our sponsors, supporters and friends who showed up to share with us in this unique celebration in the City of Boston!


Alejandra St. Guillen
Director, Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancemen

2016 We Are Boston Gala Sponsors
Co-Host Sponsor
New Balance Athletics, Inc.

Entertainment Sponsor
Eastern Bank

Visionary Sponsors
C + W Services
Goodwin Procter LLP
Tufts Medical Center
Weber Shandwick

Achiever Sponsors
1199SEIU Massachusetts
Cruz Companies
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Harvard Pilgram Health Care
John Hancock Financial Services, Inc.
Project Citizenship
Putnam Investments
Vibram USA

Dream Seeker Sponsors
Bunker Hill Community College
CeltiCare Health
Central Boston Elder Services
Colleges of Fenway
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dela Incorporated
Massachusetts Port Authority
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
National Grid
Natixis Global Asset Management
Neighborhood Health Plan
Partners HealthCare
Tufts Health Plan

Citizen Sponsors
The Boston Foundation
Denise & Stephen Dunbar
Emtexi Global
New England Carpenters Labor Management Program
Red Sox Foundation
Turkish American Cultural Society of New England
University of Massachusetts Boston

2016 Media Sponsors

Exclusive Magazine Sponsor
The Improper Bostonian
featuring The Improper’s “Boston’s Best” Restaurants

Exclusive TV Sponsor
WCVB Channel 5

Billboard Sponsor
Clear Channel Outdoor

Media Sponsor
Bay State Banner

Media Partners
Bate Papo
Boston Herald
Boston Korea
El Planeta
Ethnic Online
The Boston Globe
World Journal

Special Thanks
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Ed Harding, Deuxave, Sophia’s Grotto, Suya Joint, Marlo Marketing, The Colonnade Hotel, Nift, PSAV, WCVB Channel 5, Renato Castelo, AJ Williams Events, John Terrio’s Auction Knights and all of our Gala volunteers and performers.

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