Bridgewell to honor late president, CEO at gala

PEABODY — Bridgewell, a local nonprofit providing social and human services empowering people with disabilities and other life challenges to live safe, self-directed, and productive lives, will host its 11th annual Imagine the Possibilities Gala Friday, March 15 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. The event raises critical funds to support the individualized needs of people in Bridgewell’s care.

As part of the evening’s programming, Peabody-based Bridgewell will posthumously honor the late Kelly J. Martin, former president & CEO, with its Excellence in Service Award. Martin was an integral part of Bridgewell for more than three decades, working diligently to protect the rights of people with disabilities and other challenges and enrich the lives of those the organization serves. Because of her unwavering commitment and leadership, Bridgewell is supporting more people than ever before.

“Kelly was a true visionary and leader,” said Christopher Tuttle, interim president & CEO of Bridgewell. “Her unwavering commitment and passionate advocacy will continue to influence our organization in the years ahead. We will forever be indebted to Kelly for her service to Bridgewell and the community.”

Last year, Bridgewell’s gala raised more than $350,000. Since its inception, the gala has raised just under $3 million in donations to help deliver support through community housing, day programs, outpatient treatment, recovery services, education and employment training.

This year’s gala will be emceed by WCVB-TV reporter Katie Thompson and includes a cocktail reception, plated dinner, raffle and live and silent auctions. For the first time in the gala’s history, the general public can participate in the silent auction online beginning Feb. 28. Now through March 15, tickets for the gala’s “Experience of a Lifetime” raffle can be purchased online for a chance at winning a one-week vacation at a private villa in Jamaica for up to 10 guests, a two-night getaway to Nashville, Tenn.; or an on-field Boston Red Sox experience.

Tickets to the gala are on sale now and are $250 per person or $2,000 for a table of 10. To make a purchase, please click here or call Leslie McCormack at 339-883-2197. For more information, visit

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