Whittier’s Annual Roast to Toast Fundraiser on April 3rd, 2024 Will Support Health and Social Services for Boston’s Most Vulnerable Residents

  • March 11, 2024

Whittier’s 2024 “Toast of Jeffrey Leiden” will continue the health center’s long tradition of shining a light on Boston’s standout business leaders and philanthropists while raising critical funds to provide high-quality medical care and social services to patients regardless of their ability to pay for services.

WCVB Channel 5 “CityLine” host and executive producer Karen Holmes Ward will emcee the event, which will feature live entertainment by Anima. Members of the public are invited to attend.

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 5:30–9:00 p.m.
Where: Hilton Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
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Speakers include John Fish, Chairman & CEO, Suffolk Construction, Joe Nolan, Chairman, President & CEO, Eversource Energy, Dr. Reshma Kewalramani, President, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Betsy Nabel and Dr. Gary Nabel of ModeX Therapeutics, Dr. Joan Reede, Dean of for Diversity and Community Partnerships, Harvard Medical School, Paul Burton, Journalist, Channel 4 (Boston), Former Congressman Joe Kennedy, and Dr. Sangeeta N. Bhatia, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

“Dr. Leiden has been a staunch supporter of Whittier and is one of our most caring and passionate health equity champions,” said Frederica M. Williams, Whittier Street Health Center’s president and CEO. “He understands and cares deeply about the serious health and social inequities that exist in Boston.”

“We’re excited to celebrate Jeff as a compassionate scientist, physician and corporate leader who has a long record as a relentless champion for health equity. And we thank Vertex Pharmaceuticals and our event sponsors for strengthening Whittier’s ability to ensure greater access to high-quality and culturally sensitive health care and social services by implementing innovative programs and services that promote better health and well-being to the residents of Roxbury, the South End, Dorchester, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain and surrounding neighborhoods,” Williams said.

Dr. Leiden currently serves as Executive Chairman of Vertex Pharmaceuticals and was the Chief Executive Officer and President from 2012 through to March 2020. During his tenure as CEO, Dr. Leiden established a signature program at Vertex to enhance STEAM education among students in Vertex’s local communities, including an on-site Learning Lab, mentorship programs, internships and college scholarships.

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).