PREVIOUS MEET & GREET HONOREES

2018 Honorees

  • Shelley Cardoos, Director of Programming at EforAll:  Entrepreneurship for All whose mission is to accelerate economic development and social impact through entrepreneurship in mid-sized companies.

  • Ryan Caton, William Gilmour and Justin Baher are founders of GotChew, a food delivery service in the Greater New Bedford area.  They were supported in their efforts to start their business by a team from EforAll.

2018 Special Guest

  • Donna Palomba is the Founder/President of Jane Doe No More.  Her story, "The Man Behind the Mask," was first aired on Dateline NBC.  Her video, "Duty Trumps Doubt" is being used during roll call by law enforcement agencies across the country.

2017 Honorees

  • Barbara Lipsett, retired police officer/sexual investigator and teacher at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School and the students of her classes in Criminal Justice/Legal Protective since 2010.

  • The Reverend David and Mrs. Ruth Schaffer are 80 years young leading full and vibrant lives as volunteers in a local nursing home, teachers of conversational English and English as a Second Language to international graduate students and their families continuing this work via Skype with two professors who have returned to China.

2017 Special Guest

  • Donna Palomba is the Founder/President of Jane Doe No More.  Her story, "The Man Behind the Mask," was first aired on Dateline NBC.  Her video, "Duty Trumps Doubt" is being used during roll call by law enforcement agencies across the country.  

2016 Honorees

  • Robert Stoops, 93 years young leading a full and vibrant life as an artist, writer and Coast Guard Veteran.

  • The Carin MacLean Foundation with Co-Founders Alison Fitzgerald, Jill Goldfarb-Pine and Trish McCoy.  This charitable organization is dedicated to being a part of a team providing assistance and support to cancer patients and their families.

  • Linda Pestana who has spoken internationally and is best known for her appearance on Lisa Ling's Our America on the Oprah Winfrey Network and is the author of "Voices of the Heart".

2016 Special Guest

  • Donna Palomba is the founder of Jane Doe No More which is comprised of law enforcement, medical, legal and business executives, as well as victims' service professionals who are dedicated to improving the way society responds to victims of sexual assault.

2015 Honorees

2015 Special Guests

  • Donna Palomba , Founder of Jane Doe No More, whose story, “Man Behind the Mask” was featured on NBC’s Dateline.

  • Ken Bell, ABC 6 News, Sports Director    

 

2014 Honorees

  • Carolyn Rafaelian is the founder of the accessories and jewelry company               Alex and Ani.  She serves as its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer and served as its Creative Director.  She is also the current owner of Belcourt of Newport and Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyards.  Carolyn is a person of integrity and a force of positivity building a company that embraces corporate consciousness in all directives.  She is Alex and Ani's guiding light, perpetual inspiration and trailblazer who is authentic to the core.

  • Donna Palomba , Founder of Jane Doe No More, whose video, “Duty Trumps Doubt” is being used as a training tool by law enforcement agencies across the country.

 

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