MHSA's 13th Annual Spring Fundraising Event

Pictured above: Peter D. Corbett, representing honoree Goulston & Storrs; Gwen Robinson, representing honoree Santander Bank, N.A.; and honoree Jerry Ray, recently retired from Mental Health Association, Inc. Photo credit: Person + Killian Photography.

On May 12, MHSA supporters gathered at the Hyatt Regency Boston to celebrate MHSA’s 13th Annual Spring Fundraising Event, Home for Good: Solutions Start Here.

At the event, MHSA honored Jerry Ray, who recently retired from Mental Health Association, Inc., along with Santander Bank, N.A. and Goulston & Storrs for their outstanding contributions to ending homelessness in the Commonwealth.

MHSA Board Chair Dean Atkins of NorthBridge Partners began the program by welcoming attendees and highlighting this year’s honorees.

MHSA Board Chair Dean Atkins of NorthBridge Partners. Photo credit: Person + Killian Photography.

After an introductory video, MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn presented the first award of the evening, the Bob Ray Partnership Award, to Santander Bank, N.A., represented by Gwen Robinson, Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility. The award - which is named in honor of the late Bob Ray, whose family was in attendance - recognized the Bank’s work partnering with and investing in social service organizations to bring innovative principles to the nonprofit sector.

 Joe Finn presents the Bob Ray Partnership Award to Santander Bank, N.A., represented by Gwen Robinson. Photo credit: Person + Killian Photography. 

Peter D. Corbett, Director at Goulston & Storrs, accepted the second award of the evening, the Cornerstone Award, on behalf of Goulston & Storrs. The award recognized the firm’s dedication to making a difference through pro bono legal work and public service.

Peter D. Corbett (center) with Goulston & Storrs colleagues Yareni Sanchez and Marvin Ciné. Photo credit: Person + Killian Photography.

Gerry McCafferty, Director of Housing for the City of Springfield, introduced the recipient of the final award of the evening, the William Lloyd Garrison Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Jerry Ray, recently retired from Mental Health Association, Inc., in honor of his commitment to ending homelessness in the Commonwealth through permanent supportive housing.

Gerry McCafferty of the City of Springfield and Honoree Jerry Ray. Photo credit: Person + Killian Photography.

View the MHSA video shown at the event.

MHSA extends our gratitude to the honorees, the Event Honorary Committee, MHSA’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council, and all of our event sponsors and attendees.

Special thanks to Raise the Roof Sponsor Eastern Bank and Turn the Key Sponsors Brown Rudnick & Participating Retail Real Estate Partners; Linear Retail Properties, LLC; and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

We also extend our appreciation to Masako Jasmine Yotsugi and her jazz trio for providing elegant music throughout the evening. Finally, thank you to Person + Killian Photography for their pro bono services to help capture this year’s event.

Support for Home for Good: Solutions Start Here enables MHSA to continue creating and implementing innovative housing solutions to homelessness.

View photos from the event.