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2018 OPERATION A.B.L.E. Starfish Thrower Award Gala

Where We Honored the Boston Red Sox andTheir #GoodWorks

The Event was held on: Monday, May 21, 2018 at the State Street Pavilion, Fenway Park.

The Starfish Thrower Gala is our signature fundraising event and a critical source of funding for all of our programs and services. Celebrating Operation A.B.L.E.’s 36 years and the 36,000 people we have helped to find jobs. This year we honored the Boston Red Sox as our 2018 Starfish Thrower Honoree.

The Boston Red Sox are known for their community service and for the difference they make in the lives of so many throughout New England. Their goal is to harness the passion their fans have for the team and transform it as a vehicle for positive change in their community. In addition, Operation A.B.L.E. salutes and recognizes the Red Sox for their embodiment of our mission – the recruitment and hiring of older workers. In many ways they serve as a model for other organizations to follow. It is with great pleasure that OA joins Red Sox Nation in tipping our cap to this great organization.

Special thanks to Our 2018 Emcee: Susan Wornick

Susan Wornick, legendary anchor, reporter and Emmy Award winner, for WCVB's News Channel 5 Emceed this year's Gala. During her time as a news anchor, she had the top-rated Noon news broadcast at WCVB-TV for over two decades. She now spends her time volunteering for organizations such as Operation ABLE and working on various projects.

Susan Wornick




Triple Play Sponsors


Delta Dental of MA

Fiduciary Trust Company

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

John & Virginia Kaneb

Massachusetts General Hospital

Perfect Game Sponsors

Aigner/Prensky Marketing Group

Atrius Health

Berkshire Bank

Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston University’s

Human Resources Policy Institute

Brookline Bank

Greenberg, Traurig, LLP

Lydia Greene

Harvard University

The Caleb Loring, Jr. and Rosemary M. Loring 1997

Charitable Lead Unitrust

Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP

Professional Staffing Group

Rasky Partners, Inc.

Bridget Stewart

The Boston Foundation

The Cruz Companies

Base Hit Opportunities

Action for Boston Community Development

Dick & Ann Anderson

David & Linda Austin

Cambridge Trust Company

David & Joan Cirillo

Citizens Bank

Larry & Atsuko Fish

GE Healthcare

New England Baptist Hospital

Steven Taranto

Richard & Joan Tufenkjian

Past Starfish Throwers

2017 Eric H. Schultz, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc

2016 James T. Brett, The New England Council

2015 Richard E. Holbrook, Eastern Bank

2014 Marvin E. Gilmore, Community Development Corporation of Boston

2013 Joyce Kulhawik, Arts & Entertainment Critic

2012 James Roosevelt, Jr., Tufts Health Plan

2011 Thomas P. O'Neill III, O'Neill & Associates

2010 Julie Kahn, EnterCom New England

2009 George A. Russell, State Street Foundation

2008 John E. Drew, The Drew Companies

2007 Wayne A. Budd, Goodwin Procter LLP

2006 Peter Meade, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

2005 Neal Finnegan, Citizens Bank

2004 James C. Curvey, Fidelity Investments

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