September 28th, 2023

Community Leadership Reception 2023

Join the Community Foundation for MetroWest at the 10th annual Community Leadership Reception as we commemorate the inaugural year of the MetroWest Workforce Development Project.

The MetroWest Workforce Development Project focuses on income inequality that persists in the MetroWest and provides a path to financial stability for under resourced youth and underemployed or unemployed adults. Join us to hear stories of impact from the project’s first year and how the programs being funded are increasing access to well-paying and high-demand jobs.

At the event we will also honor the unwavering generosity of Yale Appliance, and Christine Schuster, President & CEO of Emerson Health System, as they receive our 2023 Community Leadership Awards.

Our 2023 Honorees

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Yale Appliance and the Sheinkopf Family

2023 Corporate Community Philanthropist Honoree

The Yale Appliance Company began as one storefront on Portland Street in Boston in 1923. One hundred years later it has become three storefronts with locations in Dorchester, Hanover and Framingham. Behind the success of the company, is a dedication to improving the lives of people where they work and live.

Without a “road map” their philanthropic efforts began with donations to different “galas” or participating in their own and other charity events. For instance, the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day for the brave. Or charity hockey games where the company hockey team, Yale Burners, took on the Bruins Legends. Yale was hopelessly overmatched, but charity can be fun and humbling all at the same time.

Another event with personal ties is the very successful golf tournaments for Jett Foundation. Their work for children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is truly inspiring!

The Yale Foundation is now guided by their mission: “The Yale Foundation considers proposals focusing on capital projects and purchases for programs directly impacting clients in need.” This includes veterans, the elderly, minors and the homeless population in the Boston, South Shore and MetroWest Communities.

Throughout Yale’s hundred years, the company has been carrying on the “giving” mindset. This was established by the greatest group of philanthropists – their grandparents and parents.

The Yale Foundation has the honor of helping truly great organizations and has met incredible people on their giving journey.

We are grateful to Yale for including us on that journey and for their continued commitment to the Foundation for MetroWest.

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Christine Schuster, CEO & President, Emerson Health

2023 Community Philanthropist Honoree

Christine has over 25 years of healthcare experience. Before joining Emerson Health as president and CEO in 2005, she served as president and CEO of Quincy Medical Center and Athol Memorial Hospital. She also served as COO of the Tenet Saint Vincent Healthcare System, Extended Care Division. She worked as a health care consultant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterHouseCoopers ) early in her career.

Christine serves as Chair of the Board of the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA), the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals, and the Massachusetts Value Alliance, a leading supply purchasing consortium. She is a member of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission and Advisory Boards for the Suffolk University MHA Program and Riverside Partners, a private equity firm. She is a Middlesex Bank Corporator and serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

The Boston Globe/Women’s Edge recognized Emerson Health and Christine as a Top 100 Women-Led Business in Massachusetts from 2017 to 2022. She received the 2017 Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce Excellent Nonprofit Leadership Award, the 2011 Concord Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year Award, and the 2008 Maynard Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award. Ms. Schuster received the Prescription for Excellence Award from the Mass Medical Health Law Report. She is a four-time recipient of the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award. In 2023, she was included in Boston Magazine’s list of Most Influential Bostonians and named a hospital “CEOs to know” by Becker’s Health. Previously, Modern Healthcare Magazine and Witt Kieffer Associates recognized her as an Up and Comer Award recipient.

Ms. Schuster received her MBA, with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston University.

The Foundation is appreciative of Christine’s continued support and congratulate her on this honor.


Strengthen your local community and support the work of the Foundation by becoming an event sponsor today! Please fill out this form and someone from our team will be in touch to complete your sponsorship. Alternatively, contact Joyce Minkoff at [email protected] or 508.647.2260.

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Individual tickets are available, reserve yours now!

2023 Event Committee

Event Chair: Ken Vona, Kenneth Vona & Son Construction

  • Andrew Gallinaro, National Development
  • Katherine Garrahan, Bowditch & Dewey
  • Jason Grant, ARCO National Construction
  • Elizabeth Hendler, Community Advocate
  • Brandt Hollander, Harvest LLP
  • Elizabeth Holmes, R.W. Holmes
  • Garry Holmes, R.W. Holmes
  • Maggie Kley, Community Advocate
  • Lauren Manley, Calare Properties
  • Rachel Marks, JLL
  • Mike McAuliffe, Middlesex Savings Bank
  • Molly Campbell Palmer, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Jen Price, Legacy Real Estate Advisors
  • Michael Stephens, Fiduciary Trust Company
  • David Swartz, Morgan Stanley
  • Amy Werner, The Village Bank

Unable to join us?

Please consider making a gift to the Foundation for MetroWest to show your support.