Benefit Dinner


2016 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities

A Dinner to Benefit the Public Humanities in Massachusetts

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Boston Public Library, McKim Building

700 Boylston Street, Boston

6:30 Reception | 7:15 Dinner and Governor’s Award Presentations

Watch the videos of the three honorees
The Governor’s Awards in the Humanities were conferred upon three leaders in recognition of their public actions, grounded in an appreciation of the humanities, to enhance civic life in the Commonwealth.


Read about our three 2016 Honorees

Freida Garcia

A tireless activist and leader who has worked to ensure equal access to programs that educate and inspire, Frieda Garcia has enhanced scores of Boston-area organizations including United South End Settlements, The Boston Foundation, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Atul Gawande

As surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, staff writer for The New Yorker, bestselling author, and public health researcher, Atul Gawande eases physical suffering, enriches the life of the mind, and champions humanism in healthcare.

Lia Poorvu

Lia Poorvu has worked as a teacher, volunteer, and organizer to improve dozens of local cultural institutions, such as Boston Baroque, the Boston Public Library, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, WGBH, and Wellesley College.

2016 Sponsors:

The Catered Affair

Hertel & Konish Wealth Management Group
Amy and David Abrams – In honor of Lia Poorvu
Northern Light Productions

Be Our Guest
Boston Strasbourg Sister City Association – In honor of Lia Poorvu
Boston Symphony Orchestra – In honor of Lia Poorvu
Goodwin Procter LLP
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Seyfarth Shaw
Fredericka and Howard Stevenson – In honor of Lia Poorvu

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
William Buffet
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health – In honor of Atul Gawande
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – In honor of Frieda Garcia, Atul Gawande, Lia Poorvu
Beth Pfeiffer and John Foster – In honor Of Lia Poorvu
Wendy Shattuck and Samuel Plimpton – In honor of Lia Poorvu
Wells Fargo Foundation in cooperation with Wells Fargo Advisors
WGBH Educational Foundation

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sponsorships start at the $2,500 Benefactor level and include benefits such as:

  • An ad in the program booklet given to all 200+ guests.
  • Recognition on Mass Humanities website.
  • Inclusion in displays and materials made for the event.
  • Seats at the dinner.

Please download sponsorship details (pdf) to see specific benefits for different levels of sponsorship. Questions? contact John Sieracki.

The Proceeds:

Proceeds support programs that reach underserved communities, such as the Clemente Course in the Humanities and Family Adventures in Reading. Mass Humanities is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the use of history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to deepen our understanding of the issues of the day, strengthen our sense of common purpose, and enrich individual and community life.

The Awards Dinner follows the Mass Humanities 2016 Fall Forum:

The Politics of Hope: Four Historians Take on the Obama Presidency

Boston Public Library, Rabb Auditorium
700 Boylston Street, Boston
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Sunday, November 6, 2016

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