2017 Mission: Gratitude Reignites Flicker of Hope for Veterans, Military Families

On October 5, 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 for the program and its mission to heal the invisible wounds for Veterans of all eras and their families. Hosted by U.S. Air Force Veteran and WCVB-TV NewsCenter 5 News Anchor Randy Price, the fundraiser attracted nearly 600 guests and provided a beacon of hope for everyone in attendance.

As Boston’s Zakim Bridge illuminated in red, white and blue to commemorate the event, guests enjoyed a red-carpet cocktail reception aboard the USS Constitution, dinner under the stars and live performances by Iraq veteran Sal Gonzalez and Emmy and Tony award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth.

Notable speakers included Home Base Overseer Jack Connors, Jr., President, Connors Family Office; and MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD; who spoke to guests about the impact of the annual gala. Home Base Executive Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond unveiled plans for Home Base’s future home base in 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,” 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.”

Home Base’s impact on the Veteran community was personified through a powerful testimonial by U.S Army Veteran and former Home Base patient Greg Vaillancourt, who shared the struggles he faced transitioning back into civilian life and how Home Base helped him heal from his invisible wounds.

The formal program concluded with the presentation of the inaugural Major General Joseph Warren, MD Award to Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and an energetic live appeal with proceeds directly befitting Home Base’s critical mental health and brain injury programs.

To view photos from Mission: Gratitude, learn more about Home Base or support this year’s event, visit www.missiongratitude.org.