Newsline Volume 33, Number 3

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It's time to celebrate! Once each year, the Federation community gathers to celebrate all that we have achieved, and to honor those in our community who have made significant contributions to furthering our mission of parents helping parents in ensuring that each child is fully included in school and in the community. Please join us on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 from 6pm until 10pm at the Seaport Hotel in Boston for Gala 2013, "Celebrating Every Child"!

Gala 2013, "Celebrating Every Child" is the Federation's signature event and its largest fundraiser. Featuring an extensive silent auction with items that range from the much sought after local sports tickets and memorabilia to local art and vacation packages, this event will also include a cocktail reception, dinner, and a variety of entertainment throughout the evening.

Ron SandersWe are thrilled to welcome Ron Sanders, an award-winning veteran Boston-based broadcast journalist as the emcee of this year's event! We are also pleased to honor three wonderful people who have inspired us, and who have furthered the work of the Federation in a variety of ways.

Ron SandersOur honorees for 2013 include State Representative Tom Sannicandro, who will receive the Martha H. Ziegler Founders Award. The father of a child with special needs, Representative Sannicandro is considered a leader in Massachusetts on civil rights of persons with intellectual disabilities and has been called "a strong advocate for education funding and a strong voice for people with disabilities." Sannicandro will be honored as a legislator who continues to lead, advocate and inspire.

Ron SandersOur President's Award will be presented to Angela Peri. Ms. Peri is an actress, a comedienne, and the owner/founder of Boston Casting. The parent of a son with autism, Angela is active in the autism and special needs community, and has made an outstanding contribution to furthering the work of the Federation by donating her time, talent and expertise in a multitude of ways that have helped ensure the Federation's success.

Ron SandersThis year's Patricia Blake Advocacy Award will be presented to Janet Vohs. Ms. Vohs, a parent and Federation staff member for over 30 years, will be recognized for her extensive contributions to the field of parent empowerment as an author, educator, researcher and advocate.

Visit for event updates on entertainment, silent auction items, and more! If you are interested in being part of our Gala Committee, helping sponsor the event, donating to the silent auction, purchasing individual tickets or a table, or advertising in the event's program book please contact Maureen Jerz, Director of Development at 617-236-7210, ext. 374 or e-mail We hope to see you there!

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