2017 Starfish Thrower Gala Honors Eric H. Schultz

Operation ABLE Press Release

Operation A.B.L.E. to Honor Eric H. Schultz, President and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care at annual Starfish Gala

Non-Profit celebrates 35 years helping unemployed workers over 45 upgrade skills and find work

BOSTON, MA February 16, 2017 – Operation A.B.L.E. (Ability Based on Long Experience) will hold its annual fundraiser/gala on Monday, May 8, 2017 at Boston’s Seaport Hotel. Known as the Starfish Thrower Gala, this year the organization honors Eric H. Schultz, President and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. A.B.L.E. is also marking 35 years helping older workers find meaningful employment.

“Each year we recognize with our Starfish Thrower Award an outstanding individual who has made a real difference in our community,” Said Joan Cirillo, President and CEO of Operation A.B.L.E. “Eric is well known for his commitment to affordable healthcare and supporting non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of others. He is involved with the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, the United Way, the American Heart Association and is a distinguished Eagle Scout.”

The Starfish Gala is Operation A.B.L.E.’s primary fundraiser to support its many programs that have helped 35,000 older workers update their skills, learn modern job search techniques and serve as a resource and advocate for the long-term unemployed.

This year’s Starfish festivities will take place at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. In addition to honoring Mr. Schultz, two recent A.B.L.E. participants will tell their stories of how the assistance they received helped them find meaningful employment.

This year Susan Wornick, the popular former television news anchor for WCVB News Channel 5, will emcee the Gala, bringing her signature humor and professionalism to the proceedings.

Funds raised will support and expand the programs and resources of Operation A.B.L.E. For registration details for the Starfish Gala click here.

About Operation A.B.L.E.
Since 1982, Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston has been the only organization in Massachusetts whose sole mission has been to provide comprehensive training and employment services for job seekers 45 years of age and older. Since it began, more than 35,000 individuals have been assisted by Operation A.B.L.E., which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary.


Rick Ellis
Operation A.B.L.E.
Communications Coordinator
617-541-4180 X 131

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