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On November 4th, over 500 attendees filled the Seaport World Trade Center to support NECHV’s mission and honor those who embody Leave No One Behind.

The night began with the presentation of the colors and a beautifully sung National Anthem from Damage Controlman 1st Class James M. Hough, of the USS Constitution.  Sister Patricia Heath of the Holy Union Sisters delivered the invocation. The Salem High School Marching Band, led by Director Cynthia Napierkowski, returned for the second year in a row, and played an uplifting medley of military songs.

The event included both a live and silent auction, with some fantastic and exclusive items up for bid. The live auction offered a Bobby Orr package, with an autographed framed photo of “The Goal”, an autographed book and puck, and a stick used by Orr himself; a VIP getaway to Martha’s Vineyard for the annual Wine Festival; a trip to Oregon’s Willamette Valley; a private dinner by Executive Chef Richard Rayment of the Seaport Hotel and wine pairings from Trifecta Wines; and a place aboard a Tall Ship during the Grand Parade of Sail in June 2017.

The honorees of the evening were the Honorable Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston, who received the Brian A. Brooks for Distinguished Service for Veterans Award; Corporate Partner Honoree, the Arbella Insurance Foundation; and Veteran and artist Tobi Makinde, who received the Battlefield Citation. The Keynote Speaker was Former Staff Sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts, who eloquently talked about his service and the selflessness of others he witnessed in battle.

Thank you to all our friends and partners for a wonderful night. Your generosity and support allow us to continue to serve Veterans who have given so much, making sure we leave no one behind.

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Advancement Team


New England Center and Home for Veterans
Advancement Department
17 Court Street
Boston, MA 02108

617-371-1777 (tel)
617-371-1840 (fax)


Charlene F. Pontbriand
Senior Vice President, Advancement

Mark O. Gough
Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations

Nicole Hand
Director of Sponsorships and Events

Adrienne Kaplowitz
Philanthropic Officer, Community Engagement

Nick Feeko 
Communications Associate

Duyen Hua
Lead Development Associate

Maggie Retton
Development Associate


Lindsay Davis-Braun
Development Systems Manager




The New England Center and Home for Veterans is pleased to announce that the annual Greater Boston Stand Down will take place on Friday, September 9, 2022 at Boston City Hall Plaza. This yearly event brings together community providers and Veterans in one place to provide Veterans easy access to services and employment opportunities.

As in past years, over 100 service providers, employers, and community organizations are expected to turn out and provide essential supportive services, including housing assistance, medical care and wellness programs, legal support and employment assistance. Veterans will also be able to enjoy a free lunch and live entertainment.

For more information about the event, or to apply as a service provider, please contact Download and print the event flyer here.

Important information for Veterans planning to attend:
Veteran service hours are from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM. You must bring proof of service. DD214 is acceptable.

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