Join us for our Night of Champions Dinner, Thursday evening, May 14, when we honor those who bring hope and support to students with autism and their families. This year’s honorees are retiring League School Executive Director, Frank Gagliardi, New England Patriots safety, Duron Harmon, and Direct Federal Credit Union. All three demonstrate remarkable commitment to the League School of Greater Boston, its students, and the autistic community.
Dr. Frank Gagliardi – Board of Director’s Award
Each year, thee League School’s Board of Directors honor a person who has demonstrated steadfast dedication to the school and its students. This year’s winner is Executive Director, Dr. Frank Gagliardi. During his 11-year tenure, Frank’s vision and leadership has enabled the school to become one of the most honored and respected institutions in the autism community. Among his many accomplishments, Frank has completed numerous building and program improvements, doubling the size of the school. League School now has more classroom space, a new exercise facility, and two residential buildings on campus. Under his guidance, the school adopted the renowned Social Communication and Emotional Regulation through Transactional Supports (SCERTS®) program that offers a holistic approach to learning.
“The improvements Frank has made to the school since 2009 are endless: an imaginative curriculum, growing enrollment, doubling the physical footprint, improving the facilities, starting and cultivating a development program, and strengthening the faculty and the administration,” said Roger Lockwood, Board Chair. “I doubt there is any person in the field of special education who has had the incredible influence and phenomenal results that Frank has achieved.”
“The League School has benefited from Frank’s vision, attention-to-detail, and endless energy,” said David Foster, Board President. “Under his direction, the school has evolved into one of the top special educational institutions. His understanding and knowledge of the field has allowed the League School to offer relevant curriculum to students at a state-of-the-art campus. His leadership skills are evident as the school has been able to attract and retain top-notch faculty and administration.”
Duron and Christine Harmon – Vetstein Award
The Vetstein Award, named for two of the school’s founding members, Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Vetstein, is bestowed on individuals who advance the mission of the school, its students, and others on the autism spectrum. This year’s award goes to Duron Harmon, who plays safety for the New England Patriots and is a three-time Super Bowl Champion, and his wife, Christine.
In December, the Harmons toured the League School, met with students, and presented the school with a generous donation that has been instrumental in improving the students’ educational needs. As our students will tell you, the visit brought much joy and many smiles. “When my wife and I went to visit the League School, we were blown away by the staff, their extensive training, and the resources that allow the school to work with all children on the spectrum,” said Duron Harmon.
Autism is a cause close to the Harmons’ heart. Duron’s nephew was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and the Harmons hold a karaoke night each year to raise money and awareness for autism charities. “Being honored at the Night of Champions Gala is extremely humbling for us,” said Duron and Christine Harmon. “Our nephew is autistic, and we understand the resources that are needed to help individuals who are on the spectrum, as well as the support families need. We’ve seen firsthand what The League School stands for and to be honored amongst the people who put their heart and souls into this school, will make the night extremely special to us.”
Direct Federal Credit Union – Community Partnership Award
The school bestows its Community Partnership Award on an organization that makes a difference in the communities it serves. Direct Federal Credit Union has been a strong supporter of the League School and its mission. “We are proud to receive the League School’s 2020 Community Partnership Award,” said Joe Walsh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Direct Federal. “Our relationship with the League School began in 2017 and has grown each year. Over that time, we have witnessed the school’s incredible work and the impact it has had on those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”
A sponsor of the annual League School 5K Walk/Run for Autism and “Fore” Autism Golf Classic, Direct Federal has also supported the school’s vocational program. “The commitment of administrators, teachers, employees, and families of the school is an example for us all,” said Mr. Walsh. “Direct Federal, is proud to be associated with such a fine group and looks forward to growing our partnership in the years to come.”
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The Night of Champions Dinner
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Four Points Sheraton Norwood
1125 Boston Providence Turnpike
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