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Big in Boston Raises $800,000

Posted 11/10/2012

Thank you to our Big Sisters and Little Sisters, Host Committee, Board of Directors, and Boston’s corporate, community, and philanthropic leaders for a night to remember. Photo by Yuri Vaysgant Photography. 
Click here to view more photos from the event.

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston honored women’s health advocate Dr. Paula Johnson this past Saturday, November 10th, 2012, at their annual Big in Boston gala with the Believe In Girls (B.I.G.) Award. More than 400 attendees came to the Museum of Fine Arts to celebrate and show their support for the organization. After dinner, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison took to the stage to share her journey to becoming the first American to win Olympic Gold in judo.

Believe in Girls honoree Dr. Paula Johnson (center) with Suffolk Country Sheriff Andrea Cabral (left) and State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (right). Photo by Yuri Vaysgant

The night’s emcee and Big Sister’s newest board member, Lisa Hughes of WBZ-TV, kicked off the program by introducing a video featuring prominent Bostonian’s including Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley; Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral; Harvard-Kent Elementary School Principal Jason Gallagher; State Street Global Advisors CFO and Big Sister Board Member Juan Carlos Morales; MA State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez; Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners and Co-Founder and Board Chair of the Greenlight Fund John Simon; and Liberty Mutual Vice President and Director of Corporate Affairs Melissa MacDonnell showing their support for the organization and identifying the importance it has in our community.

Twenty Little Sisters were treated to a question and answer session with 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison where they asked thoughtful questions such as “what keeps you motivated?”

The most moving portion of the night came during remarks given by Father of Four Little Sisters Wayne Ashley after which he invited each of his daughters and their Big Sisters to the stage.

The evening raised nearly $800,000 for Big Sister Association, which will go toward our mission of serving the girls of Greater Boston.


Event Co-Chairs

Sheryl Marshall
Fran Sussner Rodgers
Honorary Host Committee
Governor Deval L. Patrick & First Lady Diane B. Patrick
The Honorable Mayor Thomas M. Menino & Mrs. Angela Menino
Senate President Therese Murray


Host Committee

John Auerbach
Maxwell D. Bardeen, Jr.
David Bruce
Heather Cloran
Ellen Cohen
Deborah Daccord
Carol & Bernie Fulp
Renée Landers, Esq.
Meg Jordan
Lani Guinier, Esq.
Dr. Jennifer Leaning
Polly & Kevin Maroni
Ralph C. Martin, II & Deborah A. Scott, M.D.
Sharon McNally
Jo Frances & John Meyer
Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D.
Dr. Carol Nadelson
Allyce Najimy
Kerry Nelson
Nicki Nichols Gamble
Sabrina Hundley Nicholson
Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint & Dr. Tina Young Poussaint
Joan Rachlin
Joe Realmuto, Jr.
George A. Russell, Jr.
Howard Salwen
Nancy Tarbell, M.D.
Kate Walsh
Susan Whitehead
Karen Wilcox
Rhonda & Michael J. Zinner, M.D.




Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts Logo

Holly and David Bruce

Citizens Bank Foundation Logo

Fidelity Logo
Liberty Mutual Logo


Christopher McKown and Abigail Johnson

State Street Logo

Tufts Health Plan Logo


Steward Logo

Boston Bruins Foundation Logo

The Boston Globe and Boston.com Logos

Brigham and Women's Hospital Logo

Marc and Denise Cooper

Sandy and Paul Edgerley

EMC Squared Logo

Goodwin Procter Logo

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Logo

Hill Holliday Logo

Barbara and Amos Hostetter

John Hancock 150 Years of Promises Kept Logo

Mintz Levin Logo

Partners Health Care Logo

Dr. Ellen Poss

PWC Logo

Eileen & Jack Connors, Jr. 

Red & Blue Foundation Logo

Fran and Charles Rodgers

TJX Logos

Susan Whitehead

Gwill York and Paul Maeder

Yozell Associates Logo