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April 2009 – David Brown of WCVB-5 News helped The Arc of Massachusetts honor twelve individuals and organizations at the 2009 Distinguished Citizen Awards Ceremony at the State House on April 6, 2009. The recipients were recognized for their contributions in advancing opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Among those honored was Mark Thompson of Boxford, CEO and President of Boston Private Bank & Trust, who was recognized for his leadership in fostering business community support of The Arc.

Executive Director of the North Shore Arc Jerry McCarthy; emcee David Brown of Channel 5 News; awards committee member Alexandria Regan; and Distinguished Citizen recipient Mark Thompson, President and CEO, Boston Private Bank & Trust

For more than 15 years, Thompson has been an active advocate of North Shore Arc and its mission.  According to Jerry McCarthy, Executive Director of North Shore Arc, Thompson is an exceptional role model and not only serves as a valued member of the North Shore Arc Board of Directors and as a past President of the Board, but has been and continues to be instrumental to the continued growth and success of the organization.

Thompson has chaired the Commodore Invitational Golf Tournament since 1994, and has transformed it into the largest fundraiser and signature event of North Shore Arc. Under Mark’s leadership, Boston Private Bank & Trust has offered advocacy, volunteer manpower, support and financial contribution. Many of the Bank’s employees have been involved in events and fundraising efforts. In addition, the Bank has hosted events for North Shore Arc.  One of the most memorable events hosted was a private holiday reception the Bank held last year, after they opened a branch office in Beverly, for North Shore Arc residents in Danvers and Beverly. This partnership has had a profound impact on the programs of North Shore Arc and on the lives of the people the organization serves.

About The Arc of Massachusetts: A statewide advocacy organization, The Arc’s mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy of supports and services based in the community. Parents founded The Arc of Massachusetts in 1954, and along with The Arc of the United States, it is the nation’s largest grassroots disability rights organization. On the state level, The Arc represents 120,000 individuals and families with 21 affiliated local associations. The organization is active in promoting legislation, supporting educational programs, employment transportation, housing and the many other issues of concern to citizens with disabilities living in the Commonwealth.