On Thursday, March 23rd, friends, family, colleagues and business partners of South Shore Mental Health retiring President/CEO Harry Shulman gathered at Lombardo’s in Randolph to celebrate his career and raise funds for the Quincy-based non-profit’s financially disadvantaged clients.
The dinner event, sponsored by Eastern Bank, Marsh & McLennan Agency-New England, and other SSMH partners, featured a look back at Mr. Shulman’s 35 years at South Shore Mental Health, as well as his life-long contributions to mental health causes and advocacy. “Harry’s commitment to our clients has been the focus of his entire professional career,” said Tracey Phelan, South Shore Mental Health Board Chairwoman. “His passion for his work has been unrivalled, and we thank him for a lifetime of leadership.”
Also on hand to pay tribute to the outgoing CEO was Massachusetts State Senator John Keenan, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Association for Behavioral Healthcare President Vic DiGravio, and Mix 104.1 Morning Show Host Kennedy Elsey, who reminded guests that without sufficient resources, commitment to treatment can often be overwhelming for clients.
The event raised $100,000 for the creation of a Basic Needs Fund, in Mr. Shulman’s honor, to help clients whose lack of food, clothing, shelter, and other essentials impedes their path to recovery.
Since 1926, South Shore Mental Health has been building hope and changing lives for children born with developmental disabilities, and children, teens, and adults living with mental illness. Today, we have more than 700 employees based in Quincy, Marshfield, Plymouth and Wareham, and our non-profit early intervention and mental health treatment and recovery programs reach 16,000 people from Boston to Cape Cod annually.