MAMH's Annual Friend & Leader Award Dinner salutes individuals whose work contributes to progress in awareness, health promotion, prevention and effective treatment for children and adults affected by mental health challenges throughout Massachusetts.

Thank you for making our 2022 Friend & Leader Award Dinner a huge success! If you missed joining us in person or live online on Sept. 19, you can still tune in to the event recording to honor individuals whose work supports mental health and wellness for youth across the Commonwealth. Thank you for your support!

Watch this year's Friend & Leader Award Dinner:

2022 Friend & Leader Honorees

Friend & Leader Award

  • Susan and Steve Pollock

Spirit of Compassion Award

  • First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker

Youth Advocacy Award

  • UMass President Marty Meehan

Lifetime Advocacy Award

  • MAMH Governing Board Member Joe D. Feaster, Jr.

Partners in Progress Award

  • Representative Sean Garballey

Past Honorees

Friend & Leader Award

  • Johnson & Johnson, Moderna & Pfizer, 2021
  • Robert F. Rivers, 2020
  • Hon. Karen E. Spilka, 2019
  • Hon. Robert A. DeLeo, 2018
  • Hon. Joe Kennedy, 2017
  • Bernard J. Carey, 2016
  • Andrew Dreyfus, 2015
  • Timothy R. Murphy
  • Nick Littlefield
  • Peter J. Scanlon, PhD
  • Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD
  • John E. Drew

Spirit of Compassion Award

  • Sen. Julian Cyr & Rep. Marjorie Decker, 2021
  • Hon. Cindy Friedman, 2020
  • Matt Fishman, 2019
  • Audrey Shelto, 2018
  • Joy B. Rosen, 2017
  • Joan Mikula, 2016
  • Jean & James Hunt, 2015
  • Hon. Martin Walsh, 2014
  • Deborah Enos, 2013
  • Steven A. Tolman, 2012
  • Victoria Reggie Kennedy, 2011
  • Hon. Therese Murray, 2010

Partners in Progress Award

  • Gov. Charlie Baker, Health and Human Services Sec. Marylou Sudders, Senate Pres. Karen Spilka & House Speaker Ronald Mariano, 2021
  • Vic DiGravio, 2019
  • Mathieu Bermingham, MD, 2018
  • Hon. Frederick Berry, 2017
  • Hon. Brian Dempsey, 2016
  • Timothy O'Leary, 2016

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Dr. Mary Jane England, 2021
  • James T. Brett, 2018
  • Phil Johnston, 2017

Special Recognition Award

  • WCVB Channel 5
  • Hon. Seth Moulton, 2020
  • Lisa Fortuna, MD, 2019
Dr. Mary Jane England sits with two members of her family outside at the 2021 Friend & Leader Award Dinner. They are all smiling and leaning in towards one another with a backdrop of Adirondack chairs and outdoor lights.
Guest emcee Karen Holmes Ward, of WCVB Channel 5, stands behind a podium smiling at the 2021 MAMH Friend & Leader Award Dinner. She's set along a backdrop of blue and black curtains, with a few crowd members applauding in the foreground.

Past Friend & Leader Programming