The awards are named in memory of Mansfield E. (Peter) Pickett, who was a longtime teacher both at the former Lenox School and at Miss Hall's School. The scholarships are awarded annually to two students who exhibit outstanding performance in academics and extracurricular activities. This is the 14th year the association has honored Miss Hall's students.
It was in the mid-1980s when Michael Dukakis was looking to close the Avalon School, which was in receivership. Meanwhile, Hillcrest officials had taken an idea of expanding into the education field to their Chief Operating Officer Eugene Dellea.
Dellea brought the concept the board chair, financial and legal reviews were done and the leadership was ready to bring the idea of buying Avalon to the full board. But first, they needed the governor's office to stopping his efforts to close it.
Each year, ABH recognizes individuals and groups that have made impressive contributions to the field of mental health and addiction treatment. This year, Denise Galvagni, Division Director of Community Services of The Brien Center, received the Excellence in Program Leadership Award for exemplifying outstanding leadership qualities.
A realtor since 1988, she has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation, the Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager designation, the Certified Residential Specialist designation, and the Graduate of the Realtor Institute designation.
This award was initiated five years ago to recognize outstanding immigrant advocates in our community who embody the strong principles, moral integrity, and intense activism that Jane Addams stood for.