“Fighting the Opioid Crisis” the theme of 12th Annual “Making A Difference” fundraiser

HHS Secretary Sudders to keynote, DiStefano to receive “Making A Difference” award

For more information contact: Richard Napolitano – Senior Vice President, External Relations 978-722-2870 or rnapolitano@glfhc.org

“Fighting the Opioid Crisis” in the Merrimack Valley is the theme of the 12th annual “Making A Difference” fundraiser, benefitting Greater Lawrence Family Health Center on April 20, 2017 at the Andover Country Club.

“Fighting the opioid crisis is not as simple as treatment and recovery,” states John Silva, GLFHC President and Chief Executive Officer.  “The goal of this year’s fundraiser is to highlight and address what’s needed to get someone through treatment and recovery, such as expansion of behavioral health services, staff training and community outreach.”

Rosanne DiStefano has tirelessly served as Executive Director of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley since 1985 and has a career in elder care for more than 40 years.  During her tenure, DiStefano’s accomplishments have included three affordable supportive housing sites for elders in the Merrimack Valley.  “Rosanne and ESMV have been a partner of GLFHC since our inception in 1980 by helping to bridge the healthcare divide between primary care and elder services for our older patients,” according to Silva.  “Her efforts to not only expand services, but collaborating with organizations like GLFHC in the Merrimack Valley for the betterment of its residents has truly made a difference to our patients and the elder population throughout Greater Lawrence and beyond.”

Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services will serve as the keynote speaker for the evening.  Appointed by Governor Charlie Baker in January 2015, Secretary Sudders leads the largest executive agency in the Commonwealth, a $21 billion state budget with 22,000 dedicated public servants, and oversees critical services that touch one in four  residents of the Commonwealth. Professionally trained as a social worker, Sudders has dedicated her life to public service and to some of our most vulnerable citizens. She has been a public official, provider executive, advocate and college professor.

Serving as host for the evening is Karen Andreas, Regional Publisher of North of Boston Media Group.  The North of Boston Media Group, an award-winning print and digital media company, and publishes four daily newspapers and their affiliated websites: the two-time Pulitzer winning Eagle-Tribune; The Salem News; the Daily News of Newburyport; and the Gloucester Daily Times.  North of Boston Media Group also publishes four weekly newspapers and nine glossy magazines, including North of Boston Business, Newburyport Magazine, and Marblehead Home & Style.  Karen has worked in the media industry for over 25 years and has received numerous awards.  Most recently, she was named “Publisher of the Year” by the national Editor and Publisher Magazine, the industry’s leading trade magazine.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) is the largest, independent community health center in Massachusetts, serving more than 60,000 patients annually at six clinical sites in Lawrence and Methuen.  The mission of GLFHC is to improve and maintain the health of individuals and families in the Merrimack Valley by providing a network of high quality, comprehensive health care services and by training health care professionals to respond to the needs of a culturally diverse population.

Individual tickets for the event can be purchased for $125, with corporate sponsorships available.  For more information about the event, contact Mary Lyman at 978-722-2871 or mary.lyman@glfhc.org.

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