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Annual Honor Program 2011 Announcement

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Seventh Annual Program to Honor Homicide Victims at the Garden of Peace will take place on Thursday, September 15, 2011 • 5:30-7:30 pm, Rain or Shine.  To view the invite, click here

This year’s program will again include a performance of “The Garden” Song by Mike Verge and his son Dylan.  In honor of the ten year 9/11 anniversary, Lt. Pauline Wells sing the national anthem and a 9/11 survivor, Blake Allison, husband of Anna Allison, will share his story.  Additionally, Carl Schiller, brother of Ed Schiller, will share his story. 

Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Earl Grollman.  Dr. Earl A. Grollman a pioneer in the field of crisis intervention, was rabbi of the Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, Massachusetts, for thirty-six years. A certified death educator and counselor, he was cited as "Hero of The Heartland" for his work with the families and volunteers of the Oklahoma City bombing. Dr. Grollman has spoken at many colleges, clergy institutes, seminaries, physicians' forums, and hospital nursing associations, and has addressed many support groups, such as Compassionate Friends, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Widows Personal Services. He has also appeared on national television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Children's Journal, All Things Considered, and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Recently, he was featured on National Public Radio's End of Life series in the roundtable discussion on grief and bereavement. 

We are also fortunate to have the singer Carolyn Waters perform for us.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Carolyn has called New England home for over a decade. A relative newcomer to the stage, her powerful, riveting voice has already gained her a wonderful reputation as a crowd pleaser as she moves effortlessly from folk, gospel, jazz, to the good old fashioned foot stomping blues.   

Guests may visit the Garden prior to the event and also attend an informal Potluck Community Supper immediately following the ceremony.

The Garden is located on the upper plaza between the McCormack State Office Building and 100 Cambridge Street, Boston.  Please click here for directions.

To contribute an item to the potluck supper or to volunteer with the event, please contact Diane MacDonald at 781.258.3540 or [email protected]

To view speeches and pictures from last year, click here.

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