COPLEY SQUARE — 730 guests attended the annual Whittier Street Health Center’s toast which honored Jim Judge, who is chairman, president and CEO of Eversource Energy. The gala was held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel and raised more than $925,000. Whittier cares for 30,000 patients annually, 35 percent of whom have no insurance. Among those on hand at the event were Whittier’s President and CEO Frederica M. Williams and Gov. Charlie Baker. All photos…

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BOSTON — Young ambassadors, eighth grade students from each of the cities and towns in the state, gathered at Faneuil Hall as part of Project 351’s annual celebration. Project 351 is a state program aimed at developing the next generation of “community-first service leaders” through youth-led service. Ambassadors are chosen from each of the commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns, from which the program takes its name, by hometown educators. Here are some of their stories:…

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EAST BOSTON — More than 500 guests attended the Social Centers’ 100th anniversary gala, which was held at Suffolk Downs. It was the last scheduled event at the storied horse racing track. At the gala, the Social Centers honored Robert Lewis Jr., with its inaugural Community Activist award. Lewis, founder and president of The BASE, is an East Boston native who has worked in the city of Boston’s neighborhoods and with young people, he whole…

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DORCHESTER — 500 guests attended the gala to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics Massachusetts. The event, which was held at the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum, honored Governor Charlie Baker with the Jack Brett Award. Also on hand were First Lady Lauren Baker, Special Olympics CEO & President Mary Beth McMahon, Northeast Arc’s Jo Ann Simons, New England Council President & CEO Jim Brett, and Special Olympics Board Chairman Tim Shriver. Irish…

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SOUTH BOSTON — The fallen heroes, troops who gave their lives in service of the country, were honored at a special service over the weekend at the South Boston Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The community also honored the life of the late Senator John McCain, a Vietnam veteran who was a prisoner of war for several years. For a complete overview of the ceremony, please see former Boston mayor Ray Flynn’s column in the Boston Herald.…

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