The following was provided on behalf of Dorchester House.
The Second Annual Masquer-Aid Celebration on Friday, Oct. 26 to benefit Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, will honor retiring President and CEO Joel Abrams of Concord, whose passion and vision for community health care over the last quarter century has help make Dorchester House the heart of a thriving neighborhood.
The primary beneficiary of the event will be the Dorchester House Pool, which provides fun and fitness opportunities for residents of all ages throughout the year and plays a significant role in the center’s health and wellness mission and its commitment to addressing issues of childhood and adult obesity. Obesity is one of the biggest health challenges in the city, and research shows that swimming is one of the most effective exercises in weight loss and reduction of body mass. Proceeds from Masquer-Aid will help in maintain the pool and keep it a low-cost facility to ensure accessibility to patients and residents.
“The city of Boston, and Dorchester in particular, has changed enormously since Joel first came to this organization in 1986," said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "It is his unique vision, unparalleled passion and strong leadership that has made sure Dorchester House grows with the community and reflects the changing cultural, health and social needs of the neighborhood. He has created a vibrant, vital and welcoming resource that will be a foundation for a better community for a long time to come."
Under Abrams’ 26 years of leadership, Dorchester House has transformed into a modern and sophisticated center of excellence for health and social services, while retaining the warm community culture that has defined its role in the life of the neighborhood. It now serves more than 26,000 patients and 110,000 visits annually, and Abrams recently oversaw the addition of a Walk-In/Urgent Care clinic and expansion of primary care services, which will allow the center to provide even more services to an additional 6,600 patients. He is also a co-founder of DotWell, a community based partnership that serves the management and program needs of community health centers.
The Second Annual Masquer-Aid will bring together people from the Dorchester and greater Boston communities who support the multiservice center’s mission to be the leading force for change in the health, economic and social well-being of the community it serves. The event, to be held Friday, Oct. 26, at Venezia Restaurant in Dorchester, features dinner, dancing, costume/mask contests, a silent auction and more.