On Oct. 5, 2017, Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program hosted the fifth annual Mission: Gratitude gala, raising a record-breaking $1.7 million to support its mission to heal the invisible wounds for veterans of all eras and their families. Nearly 600 guests attended the event, which was hosted by Randy Price, a U.S. Air Force veteran and WCVB-TV NewsCenter 5 news anchor.
As Boston’s Zakim Bridge was illuminated in red, white and blue to commemorate the event, guests enjoyed a reception and dinner aboard the USS Constitution, and live performances by Sal Gonzalez, an Iraq veteran, and Kristin Chenoweth, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer. Home Base’s impact on the veteran community was personified through a powerful testimonial by Greg Vaillancourt, a U.S Army veteran and former Home Base patient, who shared the struggles he faced transitioning back into civilian life and how Home Base helped him heal from his invisible wounds.
Hope from Home Base
Other speakers included Jack Connors Jr., president of Connors Family Office and Home Base overseer, and Peter L. Slavin, MD, Mass General president. Retired Brig. Gen. Jack Hammond, executive director of Home Base, unveiled plans for the program’s future home base in the Charlestown Navy Yard – just yards away from the venue.
“Over the past eight years, Home Base has provided hope to the hopeless, and served as a bridge from the darkness of despair into the light of a bright future,” Mr. Hammond said. “With your support, Home Base will build a state of the art facility that will provide us with the space and resources we need to double the size of our existing programs and significantly expand the care we provide for mental health, brain injuries and wellness.”
For more information, visit www.missiongratitude.org.
To learn more about Home Base, visit homebase.org.
To support Home Base’s Capital Campaign to provide healing and hope to this and future generations of Veterans, Service Members, and their Families wrestling with the Invisible Wounds, click here.
This story first appeared in MGH Hotline.