Boston – Heading Home, a leading Boston-based nonprofit focused on ending homelessness, recently announced that its 2013 Annual Awards & Celebration, held November 19, 2013 at the Boston Harbor Hotel, recognized three distinguished community members for their stand-out civic, corporate and volunteer contributions to Heading Home’s mission to end homelessness. More than 200 of the area’s business and philanthropic leaders attended the event.
Governor Deval L. Patrick received Heading Home’s 2013 William E. “Bo” Holland Public Service Award in honor of the late Bo Holland, a deeply committed civic leader and long-time Heading Home board member. Shortly after Mr. Holland’s passing in 2007, Heading Home established the award in his honor; it is only presented in those years when Heading Home can identify a public servant who fights homelessness alongside the organization and on a broader level.
“I am humbled to receive the Bo Holland award, but there is still much to do in order to create opportunity for all of our residents,” said Governor Patrick. “We must not lose sight of that goal, and continue pursuing a growth strategy focused on education, innovation and infrastructure, including investments in affordable housing. I thank Heading Home for their continued partnership in these efforts.”
Additionally, The Davis Companies received Heading Home’s 2013 Corporate Partner of the Year Award and Sudbury teenager Ryan Ewing received Heading Home’s 2013 Luberta Shea Volunteer of the Year Award, established to honor Heading Home’s late board member who set an example for others through hands-on involvement.
“We are truly honored to have been chosen by Heading Home as its Corporate Partner of the Year,” said Jonathan Davis, CEO and Founder of The Davis Companies, a real estate investment, development and management firm based in Boston. “Heading Home’s mission of ending homelessness is critical to the wellbeing of our community and some of its most vulnerable citizens and one we are proud and humbled to support.”
2013 Event Underwriters included: Bernkopf Goodman, Eastdil Secured, Equity Office, First Republic Bank and Webster Bank.