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30th anniversary

New Location!

BIA-MA Celebrates 30 Years on October 9, 2013

at the Artists For Humanity EpiCenter, 100 West 2nd Street, South Boston, MA

Parking is next to and across the street from the EpiCenter--free parking spaces for 100 cars. There is some street parking and the nearest parking garage is NECCO Garage, located at 10 NECCO Street.

Due to circumstances beyond our control because of the government shutdown, we have to move our 30th Anniversary Celebration to a new venue. The event is now being held at the lovely Artists for Humanity EpiCenter located at 100 West 2nd Street, South Boston, Mass. We are pleased to announce that the event will still be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The Artists For Humanity EpiCenter can be accessed by public transportation, located about four minutes from the Broadway Station stop on the MBTA Redline. Click here for map and direction information. There is street parking and some free parking available at the EpiCenter. 

The Gala Reception will be held from 6-7 p.m. The silent auction, open only during the reception, has a wide selection of specialty items for you to enjoy. Shop early, bid generously! Cash and credit cards will be accepted at the event. The evening program, live auction and awards presentation will follow until 8:30 p.m. 

The EpiCenter, the first LEED Platinum certified building in Boston (the highest designation of the US Green Council) and recently nominated for the Harleston Parker Medal as one of Boston's "Most Beautiful" projects completed in the last 10 years, boasts architectural details that include vintage Crown Victoria car windshields that enclose the mezzanine overlooking the 5,000 square foot Lewis Gallery event space with an 18-foot ceiling and south facing windows that provide excellent natural lighting.For more details about the venue, click here.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We are looking forward to celebrating BIA-MA's 30th Anniversary with you and honoring our supporters and advocates, Senator Harriette Chandler, Dr. Douglas I. Katz, Inta Hall and Marilyn Price Spivack.


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Mastermind: vinfen

Genius: WEH2 Foundation

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Honorary Committee, Board of Directors and Event Committee for 30th AnniversaryJim Braude (NPR), Margery Eagan (NPR) and Robin Young (WGBH), our honorary co-chairs, invite you to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts on October 9, 2013 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Artists For Humanity EpiCenter, located at 100 West 2nd Street in South Boston. The festivities will begin with a reception and silent auction at 6 p.m. in the Atrium offering sweeping views of the Boston Harbor, followed by the awards presentation, live auction, and entertainment at 7 p.m. Our emcee is Mary Blake, a courageous survivor of brain injury, and an award-winning reporter and anchor at WBZ News Radio. Guest admission is $125 per person.


Our celebration will honor four outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of brain injury. In 1980, Marilyn Price Spivack (Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital) founded the Brain Injury Association of America and Inta Hall was a co-founder of the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association, now BIA-MA. These two extraordinary women will be recognized with the Founder's Award for creating these organizations that were the first of their kind and remain national leaders. State Senator Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester) will be recognized with the Legislative Advocacy Award for her support of public policy efforts to improve the lives of survivors, and the Compassionate Care Award will be given to Dr. Douglas I. Katz, Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital in Massachusetts for more than 25 years.

And shhhh....a special tribute is also planned for our Executive Director and co-founder, Arlene Korab, who retired on June 30th.

Milestone Celebration and Fundraiser for Brain Injury

Since its inception, BIA-MA has worked to serve the needs of individuals with brain injury, their families, and caregivers across the Commonwealth. Our mission is to provide support to brain injury survivors and their families, offer programs to prevent brain injury, educate the public about the risks and impact of brain injury and advocate for legislation and improved services. Last year, the staff in our three offices served 60,000 people across the Commonwealth through an array of programs and services. The 30th Anniversary Celebration marks a milestone and is a major fundraiser for BIA-MA, raising much-needed funds to fulfill our mission. The proceeds will benefit BIA-MA's programs and advocacy for the brain injury community across Massachusetts. Guest admission of $125 may be purchased by check or online very soon!

Special Thanks to our Diamond Level Corporate Partners

Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital
New England Rehabilitation Hospital
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network