Gala Gratitude


Event Photos

On May 11th, friends of the Gavin Foundation and Creative Office Pavilion joined together at the Innovation and Design Building in South Boston for the Road to Recovery Gala; a Benefit for the Gavin Foundation hosted by Creative Office Pavilion.

Governor Charlie Baker was presented with the Man of the Year Award, and Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey received the Caring Hearts Award for their support of the mission of the Gavin Foundation. Honored guests included Congressman Stephen Lynch, and former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren. Chris graciously donated his time to speak at the sponsors reception where he shared his story of recovery to an audience that also included volunteers, staff and their teen children.

The Gavin Foundation is grateful for the friendship extended by the team at Creative Office Pavilion, and honored to have been chosen as a partner and beneficiary of the event. Creative Office Pavilion truly believes collaboration with the business community is important in addressing the opioid epidemic. The need for accessible, cost-effective addiction treatment and recovery options in the community is vital. The success of the Road to Recovery Gala is a direct result of private businesses, unions, community organizations, political leaders, and individuals all committed to ensuring the availability of quality treatment for those in need. It has been a pleasure to join forces in the effort to fight opioid addiction in Massachusetts.

We are thankful for the event sponsors and auction donors; the event would not have been possible without you. We are grateful for the time, energy and good cheer of the many terrific volunteers, members of the Gala Committee, and fellow Gala Committee Chairs; Jamestown Vice President Kristan McLaughlin, Gavin Foundation Board Chairman Willy Ostiguy, and Gavin Foundation Board Vice Chairman Brian Nee. It has been truly inspirational working with you all.

We thank those in attendance for joining us; we are grateful you came to celebrate Recovery and raise awareness and funds for the Gavin Foundation programs. If you missed us this year, we hope to see you soon, and are grateful to have you as part of our community. We appreciate your recognition and support for the mission of the Gavin Foundation. It is truly amazing to see how much we can accomplish when we all work together. You make fulfilling the mission of the Gavin Foundation possible.


Gala Auction Sneak Peek!

New England Clambake for Eight with Chef Barbara Lynch

Join two-time James Beard Award winning Chef Barbara Lynch on the Boston Harbor Islands for a clambake for eight! Chef Barbara – the only female Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef in North America, author, and recently named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people in the world – will host your group in a semi-private area of Spectacle Island at one of the famed Thursday evening summer clambakes. Enjoy classic New England clambake fare, fire pits on the beach, and lawn games while the sun sets over Boston Harbor and the city skyline.
Includes: Round trip ferry, Island Clambake, and beverages for eight.

Road to Recovery Gala
Innovation & Design Center
Thursday, May 11, 2017, Tickets available

Road to Recovery Gala

On May 11th, Creative Office Pavilion will host a Road to Recovery Gala at the Innovation and Design Building to benefit the Gavin Foundation. The event features former Boston Celtic player Chris Herren who will share his inspirational story about his personal Road to Recovery. The evening also includes a silent and live auction, delicious food stations, and a special 2017 Gavin Foundation Honoree. Sponsorship opportunities are available now, individual tickets will go on sale March 11, 2017. Visit the event page for more information.

Boston Marathon Runners for Recovery

We are most grateful to the individuals who are Running for Recovery and raising funds for the Gavin Foundation. Please follow the links to their fundraising pages to learn more about them!

Erin Murphy

“The older (wiser) I get the more I realize that there are very few things I need in life. I have more than enough so I should work hard at helping others who need a little bit more. Sometimes it’s just a smile, a few kind words, maybe a hug. Other times it is more and I have to find the strength deep, down inside me to get it done. Why run the Boston Marathon, and raise money for The Gavin Foundation, for a third time? I ask myself that question a lot and I always end up with the same answer. Because there are addicts struggling, and mothers and fathers paralyzed with fear and pain, and if I can help ease any of that, even just a little, then I should. I can so I should! I can so I will! In six short weeks I will be making my way to the finish line on Boylston Street and I will be thinking about all those who struggle as I push myself to the end. I won’t break any records, and many of the cheering crowds will be gone, but I will finish strong. I will finish for those who need a little bit of love and hope!”

Joe Kobza

“On April 17th I will be running in the 121st Boston Marathon for the Gavin Foundation in memory of my brother-in-law, Charles “Carlie” Jigarjian, who lost his battle to opiate addiction on July 28, 2006. In the ten plus years since his death, Carlie’s sisters, Karen, Brenda, and Darlene, have honored Carlie’s life by raising money for the Gavin Foundation to fight opiate addiction and to support recovery. Their fundraising started with Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments in the years right after Carlie’s passing. Karen, Brenda and Darlene formed “Carlie’s Angels” about six years ago and took to running the Tufts Health Care 10K in their brother’s name. Running for the Gavin Foundation, Brenda and Darlene completed the 119th and 120th Boston Marathons. Brenda and Darlene have generously passed the torch to me this year to run the 121st Boston Marathon. My goal is to continue to raise awareness and funds to combat the epidemic of opiate addiction facing our nation.”

Terry Stroz


Calling all swimmers to join us for this fun annual event to benefit the Charlestown Recovery House. Can’t swim? No worries, come by to cheer on the swimmers! There is no charge to participate or attend but donations gratefully accepted via the fundraising page. Join us for the swim followed by a celebration with food, fellowship and fun!

Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Charlestown YMCA
6:00 pm swim, 7:00-9:00 pm party
To rsvp or for more information please email volunteer organizer David Bobick or call him at 857-247-5666.

Christmas Open House


Holiday Open House
Thursday, December 15, 2016
7:00 pm -10:00 pm
McKeon Post
4 Hilltop Street, Dorchester

Alumni, family and friends are invited to participate in our annual Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 15th. Please join us at the McKeon Post for a bite to eat or a cup of AA coffee. There is no charge for this event; we would like to share the holiday with you and thank you for your support and kindness throughout the year.

Gifts are purchased for each resident and are distributed at the Christmas party by alumni and friends. This gives an opportunity to meet one-to-one with the residents and share time and fellowship, the best Christmas gift of all. Donations are requested to help cover the costs for the gifts for our residents in treatment at the Charlestown House, the Cushing House for teens, Gavin House, Gavin Graduate Center, and Hamilton House. Your donation can help us bring smiles to their faces and hope in their hearts. More details can be found on our Christmas Appeal page.

Tech Gives Back

Tech Gives BackTech Gives Back is a Day of Service held each fall that connects New England’s tech entrepreneurs with projects at local nonprofits. This wonderful program is offered by TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good), a nonprofit who bring together Boston’s best entrepreneurs, VCs, and technologist to offer their time and talent as a community in order to help others. TUGG takes on the monumental task of coordinating over 1,500 volunteers at 50 nonprofits for this one day event. Area tech employees give over 9,000 hours of volunteer service in one day.

We were grateful to be a part of Tech Gives Back and thank the 50+ volunteers from Rapid 7 who helped out today at the Gavin Foundation programs; it was a terrific day! Read more about Tech Gives Back on their website and check out our Facebook page for photos of our volunteers in action.

Anniversary Dinner Tickets Available

Anniversary Dinner 2016 FlyerAnniversary Dinner
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm
IBEW Hall, 256 Freeport Street, Dorchester
Please join us for our annual Gratitude Dinner as we celebrate the anniversaries of Gavin House (54th), Hamilton House (42nd) Cushing House (17th), and the Charlestown Recovery House (9th). The evening includes speakers, awards, music, raffles and a delicious  Roast Beef and Roast Chicken dinner. Tickets are $50 per person and are available on the website, at the Houses or at the Devine Recovery Center.

Recovery Month Comedy Show

Recovery Month 2016 Flyer SquarePlease join us for a FREE Recovery Month Celebration on Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:30-9:30 pm at the IBEW Hall in Dorchester. The Gavin Foundation will present awards to Marylou Sudders, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services and Maryanne Frangules, Director of Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR), followed by a Comedy Show with headliner Joe List and featuring Owen Bowness, Jessica Casciano and Anthony Costa. Resource tables will have representatives from area recovery groups and organizations.

DLO Golf Registration Now Open

Please join us in honoring Jack Leary and John Dorsey by participating in the 10th Annual Dorsey-Leary Open on Friday, September 9, 2016. All proceeds from the DLO golf tournament will be donated to The Cushing House and the William J. Ostiguy Recovery High School. Please join us to raise funds in support of our adolescents in recovery. Registration and Sponsorships available online.