GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK TO SPEAK AT MLK BREAKFAST

Quinsigamond Community College and UMass Medical School Host 23rd Annual Community Breakfast January 21

January 7, 2008

WORCESTER, Mass.— Quinsigamond Community College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School announce the 23rd Annual Community Breakfast to honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This year’s breakfast, titled “A Day of Service,” will feature Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and will be held Monday, January 21, at Quinsigamond Community College.

“Quinsigamond Community College is thrilled to once again host the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast as it celebrates its 23rd year,” said QCC President Gail E. Carberry, EdD. “We are excited to have Governor Deval Patrick on campus as the featured guest of honor.”

Michael F. Collins, MD, Interim Chancellor of UMMS, echoed Dr. Carberry’s sentiments. “UMass Medical School has long dedicated itself to service of the Commonwealth, and we take sincere pleasure in hosting Governor Patrick, who has shown himself to be a true champion of public service, on a day that honors Dr. King.”

The Commonwealth’s first African-American Governor, Patrick brings a broad range of leadership experience to the top levels of government, business and nonprofits. He has built his life on hope and traced a trajectory from the South Side of Chicago to the US Justice Department, the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and the Massachusetts State House. In the first policy announced after his election, Governor Patrick proposed the creation of a Commonwealth Corps of volunteers who would dedicate one year of service to improve local communities.

The theme for this year’s community breakfast is “A Day of Service,” in recognition of both Dr. King’s philosophy when he said, “You can be great because anyone can serve,” and Governor Patrick’s challenge to the citizens of the Commonwealth to volunteer for those in need.  Throughout the nation, many communities celebrate the King Holiday by requesting their citizens perform service wherever people need help.  In this spirit, Worcester-area residents, and in particular, participants in Worcester’s Community Breakfast, are asked to volunteer at least one hour during the month of January and many are choosing to volunteer on the day of the breakfast, whether in formal service through a Worcester community or county organization, or in informal service to a friend, neighbor or colleague in need. Those wishing to add their names to a list of volunteers should call Nellie Toney at the UMMS Office Diversity and Equal Opportunity at (508) 856-2467 for assistance in connecting with an agency in need of help.

Also in recognition of the theme of “volunteerism,” the committee will be presenting the Eleanor Hawley Award to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to his or her community by giving time and support to others. Eleanor Hawley was the Executive Director of the Office of Human Rights for the City of Worcester for many years and was a strong and active advocate for human rights and justice for all. She is well known for her countless hours of volunteer service to the Worcester Community. 

During the celebration there will be presentations made to school children from throughout Worcester and Central Massachusetts whose essays and artwork, also reflective of Dr. King’s philosophy of service, were selected as winners in the annual contest held in schools in the area. 

The Community Breakfast will be held at the Quinsigamond Community College Athletic Center, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester. Doors open at 7:15 a.m.; program begins promptly at 8 a.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance by January 11 and will not be available at the door on the day of the breakfast. Tickets are $25 each or $250 for a table of ten and may be purchased through Susan Laprade, Office of the President at QCC, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester. Call (508) 854-4368 for additional information. Go to www.qcc.edu/pages/Driving_Directions.html for driving directions and www.qcc.edu/pages/Campus_Map.html for a campus map. 

The Community Breakfast is preceded on January 19th at Worcester State College with the Martin Luther King Youth Breakfast. This program is designed to highlight the contributions of young people throughout Worcester and Central Massachusetts. Tickets are $5.00 each or $50.00 for a table of ten. For further information on this event please contact Edna Spencer, Director of Diversity at Worcester State College at 508 929-8784.

Contact:
Victor Somma, QCC; 508-854-2729; vsomma@qcc.mass.edu
Alison Duffy, UMMS; 508-856-2000; alison.duffy@umassmed.edu