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2011 Spring Benefit Reception

The 2011 Spring Benefit was a huge success!  We want to thank everyone who attended; the funds raised will help Families First improve the lives of families in communities throughout Massachusetts.

Check out Capability:Mom's blog about the event!

FF familyIf you were able to join us at the event, we hope you were moved by the voices of our partners in this work, especially from the teen parents who joined us for the evening. 

As La Verne Saunders, a Parent Educator, said, "Parents who attend our workshops leave feeling a little bit better about their lives.  And that 'little bit' impacts every single aspect of their lives."  If you have not already, please consider making a gift to Families First today.

We were pleased to honor Joannie Jaxtimer and Michael Barry with the Friends of the Family Award. Joannie and Mike have been longtime friends of Families First, and we are thrilled to honor them in this special way. Joannie is Managing Director, Corporate Affairs/New England at BNY Mellon. BNY Mellon has provided critical financial support to Families First for many years, and we are grateful for their partnership.

With your help, Families First can continue to impact over 4,000 families in over 50 Massachusetts communities by providing programs at community and childcare centers, homeless shelters, schools, and other organizations that help at-risk, low-income parents. 

Thank you for your support. You help communities thrive by strengthening families first.


Event Melora and Leslie

Families First Board Chair Leslie Pucker and Board Member Melora Balson

FY11 Spring Event Dublin

Event Co-Chairs, Gayle and Buddy Dublin

FY Spring Event Jaxtimer

Friends of the Family Honorees, Joannie Jaxtimer and Mike Barry, with son, Michael

Board Chair, Leslie Pucker, Elizabeth Wilson, Eleanor Lewis

FY11 Spring Event Kordell Guests

Dan Madison, Maureen Finnegan, Jennifer Kordell, and Tim Moran

FY11 Spring Event Teen Parents

Aratnza and Frankie share their Families First story!

FY11 Spring Event Hallowell

Dr. Hallowell addresses the crowd about family connection.

FY11 Spring Event La Verne

Families First Parenting Educator, La Verne Saunders and Mike Barry

FY11 Spring Benefit Tree

Families First would like to thank all of our supporters.  Click here for a full list of sponsors.

Event Chairs
Gayle and Buddy Dublin

Chair, Board of Directors
Leslie Zients Pucker

Executive Director
Crista Martinez Padua

Event Committee
Melora Balson*
Michael Buckley*
Susan Collings*
Stacy Dell’Orfano*
Julia DeVoy*
Gayle Dublin*
Andrea Fein
Lisa Fiore*
Chantal Healey*
Carey Foran Hoch*
Robert Holmes*
John Howard*
Charmain Jackman*
Michael Kohn*
Jennifer Kordell
Steven Lipiner*
Andrew Majewski*
Leslie Zients Pucker*
Rebecca Schulman
Eleonora Villegas-Reimers*
Margaret Wade*
Michael Winkler*

*denotes Families First Board Member

2011 Spring Benefit Reception
Families First 2011 Spring Benefit Reception