John F.Kennedy Family Service Center Celebrating 50th Year of Helping Families

This year the John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, (www.kennedycenter.org), a nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the lives of individuals and families in need, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of providing education, advocacy, and opportunity in Charlestown. To commemorate this important milestone, the Board of Directors are hosting the“Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary Benefit and BBQ” on Saturday, June 20, 2015, 7:00 PM at the Bunker Hill Knights of Columbus (545 Medford St. Charlestown).

 The event will be an entertaining evening with great BBQ from Red Bones, time to chat with friends and neighbors, dancing, a key note speaker and dynamic auction. We are pleased to welcome Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey as Keynote Speaker, Pulitzer Prize winning Author and Former Boston Globe Reporter, Stephen Kurkjian as Master of Ceremonies, Charlestown’s favorite comedian Tony V. as Auctioneer, and the DJ with a heart of gold, Michael “Smokey” Cain.

 All the funds raised by this event will support the Kennedy Center’s ongoing mission of educating young children, supporting seniors’ ability to live independently in the community, and helping neighbors in need. Over the past five decades, the Kennedy Center has consistently and successfully educated and stabilized the lives of thousands of Charlestown residents.

 “I hope you will join us as we commemorate this important milestone. The 50th Anniversary Benefit is a wonderful opportunity for us to honor our past and look forward to a bright future”, said Crystal Galvin, Director of Capacity and Program Development. “We are honored by the support of Attorney General Maura Healey, Stephen Kurkjian and Tony V, as well as our Board of Directors and staff who are deeply committed to making a difference in the daily lives of individuals and families in need in Charlestown and beyond”. Friends of the Kennedy Center member, David Flanagan, shared his personal connection to the Center, “I was raised in the Bunker Hill housing projects by a single mom and before the Kennedy Center was established there simply wasn’t a great deal of hope and optimism about the future or programs available to families such as mine. Through my experience with the Kennedy Center, its ongoing programs and the generosity and commitment of its supporters I was able to find a job and eventually become the first member of my family to attend college and grad school and go on to have a successful career.”

 Individual tickets are $75.  A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available. Companies or individuals interested in participating in the event can learn more, purchase tickets, or make a donation by calling (617) 580-8140 or by visitingwww.kennedycenter.org/50th

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