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Jack Connors, Jr.

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Annual Dinner

Thursday, October 4, 2018

5:30PM – Registration and Reception

7:00PM – Dinner and Program

210 Morrissey Blvd, Columbia Pt. Boston, MA, 02125

Jack Connors, Jr., our 2018 honoree for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute Award for Inspired Leadership, is a founding partner of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc., a full-service marketing communications company. Under his leadership, Hill, Holliday evolved from a oneroom shop, founded in 1968, to one of the top 20 advertising firms in the United States.

Jack was instrumental in bringing Senator Kennedy’s vision of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute to life. In May 2008, Senator Kennedy enlisted his help in championing support for the Kennedy Institute from across many industries. Jack spent the next several years working tirelessly on the project, and his contributions to the Kennedy Institute ensured its 2015 opening. Today, the Kennedy Institute is a dynamic hub of civic engagement, welcoming everyone to visit and experience democracy — thanks in large part to Jack.

Early in his career, Jack became interested and active in the philanthropic life of the city of Boston, serving on boards and leading civic campaigns. In fact, throughout Greater Boston, he is known for these efforts as well as for his business acumen. Boston Magazine named Jack one of the most powerful people in Boston, and he’s been a major force behind initiatives such as The Campaign for Catholic Schools and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

As an articulate advocate for Boston’s world-class hospitals, Jack served as chairman of the board of directors of Partners HealthCare System for 16 years and became chairman emeritus in July 2012. He has served on the Boston College board of trustees for over 30 years and was chair of that board for two terms. Jack is a member of the board of directors of Partners-In-Health, the HomeBase Program, Beyond Conflict, the Board of Fellows at Harvard Medical School, and board of dean’s advisors for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Camp Harbor View is arguably the charity that is closest to Jack’s heart. When the late Mayor Thomas Menino asked for his help in identifying a solution for the problem of unattended children and teens experiencing boredom and violence during the summer months, Jack proposed that he raise enough money to build a summer camp on Long Island in Boston Harbor, and Camp Harbor View was born.

Born in Boston, Jack is a graduate of Boston College and resides in Brookline, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Eileen, have four children and thirteen grandchildren.


Laurie Glimcher, MD

Jeff Leiden, MD, PhD
President and CEO

Chairman, President and CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Host Committee Members

Andrew DreyfusPresident and CEOBlue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Anne FinucaneVice ChairmanBank of America
Gary Gottlieb, MD, MBACEOPartners in Health
Wyc GrousbeckManaging Partner and CEOBoston Celtics
Linda HenryManaging DirectorThe Boston Globe
James W. Hunt, Jr.President and CEOMassachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Patricia JacobsPresidentAT&T New England
Paula A. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H.Wellesley College
Peter and Judy KovlerBlum-Kovler Foundation
Richard LubinManaging DirectorBerkshire Partners
Sharon McNallyChief of StaffConnors Family Office and President, Camp Harbor View
Rick MusiolSenior Vice PresidentCitizens Bank
Dan O’ConnellPresident and CEOMassachusetts Competitive Partnership
David Torchiana, MDPresident and CEOPartners HealthCare

Leadership Sponsors

Bank of America
Brigham Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Partners HealthCare
Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Victoria Reggie Kennedy

Platinum Sponsors

Blum-Kovler Foundation/ Peter and Judy Kovler

Gold Sponsors

AT&T New EnglandJohn Hancock Financial
Fred and Donna SeigelJohn W. Henry Family Foundation
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MassachusettsPatrick J. and Amy Kennedy
Dana Farber Cancer InstituteMichelle and Howard Kessler
Gerard DohertyJames and Janis Karam, First Bristol Corporation
Greenberg TraurigThe Lynch Family Foundation
Giving | Grousbeck FazzalariSuffolk Construction Company/Suffolk Cares

Bronze Sponsors

Arbella Insurance FoundationML Strategies
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterPEAK Event Services
Boston CollegeRasky Partners
Carney Family FoundationRed Sox Foundation
Citizens BankRichard and Nancy Lubin
CVS HealthStephanie Cutter
Daniel O'ConnellSteward Health Care
Edward Hoff and Kathleen O'ConnellThe Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr.
Herb ChambersThe Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue Charitable Trust
Laborer's International Union of North AmericaUniversity of Massachusetts
MGM SpringfieldVerdolino & Lowey, P.C.
Mintz Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsorship Levels

Leadership Sponsor – $100,000

One premier table for 12 | Exclusive tour and
reception for 25 at the Kennedy Institute | Special
recognition during the event, on website, and other
select print and digital materials | Listing on digital
donor scroll in the Institute lobby | Listing in the
Institute annual report

Platinum Sponsor – $50,000

One premier table for 12 | Special recognition during
the event, on website, and other select print and
digital materials | Listing in the Institute annual report

Gold Sponsor – $25,000

One table for 10 | Special recognition during the
event, on website, and other select print and digital
materials | Listing in the Institute annual report

Bronze Sponsor – $10,000

One table for 8 | Sponsor name recognition in event
print and digital materials | Listing in the Institute
annual report

Individual Tickets – $1,500

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If you can’t attend but would still like to donate, please choose this option.

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