BOSTON, Mass.—Fenway Health is proud to present Elyse Cherry, co-founder and CEO of Boston Community Capital (BCC), with the Dr. Susan M. Love Award, according to Fenway’s officials.
Boston Community Capital has a mission of building healthy communities through socially responsible investment. Personally committed to economic justice and equality, and to health equality for women and families throughout Boston and the Commonwealth, she has served as CEO for 14 years, during which time Boston Community Capital has invested in child care facilities serving nearly 10,000 children and health care facilities providing care to over 66,000 patients.
Under Elyse, BCC has created innovative solutions to the challenges faced by residents of low-income communities in Massachusetts and nationally. By providing better access to affordable and reliable housing, health care and child care, BCC helps provide low-income people, the majority of whom are women, with the freedom they need to seek educational and employment opportunities that will help break the cycle of poverty. Elyse is a leader in the LGBT community and plays an active role in advocating for LGBT issues. [pullquote]Under Elyse, BCC has created innovative solutions to the challenges faced by residents of low-income communities in Massachusetts and nationally. …Elyse is a leader in the LGBT community and plays an active role in advocating for LGBT issues. [/pullquote]
Each year, the Dr. Susan M. Love Award is given to honor and celebrate a woman and/or organization that has made a significant contribution to the field of women’s health. The Love Award is given in honor of its founding recipient, Dr. Susan M. Love, a pioneer in the fields of women’s health and breast cancer. Love helped found the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center in 1992 and currently heads up the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation which is dedicated to eradicating breast cancer.
Elyse served as director of GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders), and chaired the board of MassEquality during its successful campaign for marriage equality in Massachusetts. She is a board member of LPAC, a political action committee created to support candidates who champion issues impacting lesbians and their families including ending discriminatory treatment of LGBT individuals and their families; supporting sexual and reproductive freedom and women’s access to quality health care; and furthering social, racial, and economic justice for all Americans. [pullquote]Elyse served as director of GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders), and chaired the board of MassEquality during its successful campaign for marriage equality in Massachusetts.[/pullquote]
The 2014 Women’s Dinner Party is being held on Saturday, March 29 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. To purchase tickets, become a Table Captain or learn more about THE PARTY of the year, visit www.thewdp.org or call 617.927.6350. The Women’s Dinner Party is an elegant attire fundraiser for Fenway Health that brings together more than 1,000 lesbian, transgender and bisexual women and their friends and supporters for a night of dinner and dancing. This year’s event is made possible thanks to the hard work of event chairs Cynthia R. Cahill, Jennifer L. Jones, and Sarah Kyley McCormack, as well as the support of our generous corporate sponsors. More information is available at www.womensdinnerparty.org.
[From a News Release]