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Partners for Youth with Disabilities’ Hosts 12th Annual Benefit Event with Emcee Karen Holmes Ward of WCVB Channel 5

05-08-2017 09:36 AM CET | Associations & Organizations


Partners for Youth with Disabilities’ Hosts 12th Annual

WHAT: On Thursday, May 18th, 2017 Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD), will hold its 12th annual “Party for PYD” benefit event. From 6:00PM – 9:00PM, guests will engage in an evening dedicated to raising awareness for PYD’s critical programs and funding efforts featuring emcee Karen Holmes Ward of WCVB Channel 5 Boston. The party will include hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, entertainment by young PYD program performers, and live jazz music by award-winning Berklee College of Music graduates Wayne Pearcy and Noé Socha. Wayne and Noé are both blind and are accomplished musicians working in the field.

The PYD Legends Awards, which pay tribute to extraordinary board members, advisors, mentors, mentees, and supporters of PYD, will be presented to honorees, including Muhammad Ali, Lonnie Ali, and the Muhammad Ali Center; Bill Schawbel; and Melissa M. MacDonnell and Liberty Mutual Insurance. Regina Snowden, PYD’s Founder and Executive Director, expressed her appreciation for all the honorees, stating “Muhammad and Lonnie Ali are beautiful pioneers in societal leadership and mentoring and the Muhammad Ali Center has an extraordinary mission empowering all youth and people of all ages.” PYD is honored to welcome Donald Lassere, the President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center to accept the honor. “Melissa M. MacDonnell and Liberty Mutual Insurance are leaders in advancing accessibility and we’re so grateful for their generous and ongoing commitment. Likewise, in addition to his philanthropic support for children and young people with disabilities, Bill Schawbel brings extraordinary supports to PYD's strategic planning,” continued Snowden. All are incredible pillars of leadership in advancing diversity, mentoring, inclusion and strategic advocacy for a better world.

Each year PYD’s programs support hundreds of youth with disabilities reach their personal, educational, and career goals through unique mentoring, creative arts, life skills development, and career-readiness programs. Everyone in the Greater Boston community and beyond is invited to the party. Proceeds will go to PYD and the numerous directives aimed at helping youth with disabilities lead more fulfilling lives.

Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate for a good cause, enjoy live entertainment, and engage with some of Boston’s most influential leaders. To purchase tickets visit Volunteer opportunities exist in the form of mentoring and guest speaking as well as assisting with various PYD programs. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Nicole Malo at or call 617.556.4075 x 17.

PYD is proud to be supported by the United Way.

WHERE: Ernst & Young | 200 Clarendon Street, 23rd floor | Boston, MA, 02116

WHEN: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 | 6:00PM – 9:00PM

COST: PYD Participants, families, & mentors: $50 | Individual tickets: $150

RSVP: Purchase tickets at or call 617-556-4075 x17

For thirty-two years, Partners for Youth with Disabilities has empowered youth with disabilities to reach their personal, educational, and career goals through unique mentoring, creative arts, life skills development, and career-readiness programs. We also have provided inclusion training and technical assistance to more than 100 organizations across the country to help them become more inclusive towards people living with disabilities. PYD is a founding member of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition and also co-chairs the Mentoring Task Force of the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities. We envision an inclusive global society in which youth with disabilities have the access, support, and confidence to achieve their full potential. We believe that youth with disabilities who are educated, mentored, and empowered have a profoundly positive impact on their communities and the world. With the generous support of many individuals, organizations, foundations, businesses and corporations, our important work with this under-served population of youth will continue to thrive and grow. Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc. (PYD) is a designated 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Follow us on Facebook (pydboston), Twitter and Instagram (@PYDBoston).

Morgan Tripi
Image Unlimited Communications
46 Waltham Street
Boston, MA, 02118

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