Recognizing the Great Work of the Chelsea Collaborative

The Chelsea Collaborative will host its 26th Annual Holiday Gala tonight (Thursday) at Spinelli’s in East Boston.

They will honor the unsung heroes in our community who in their words, “have brought significant accomplishments toward social, environmental, and economic justice for Chelsea.”

But while the Collaborative is the awards presenter, it’s also a good time to recognize all the outstanding accomplishments that the Collaborative itself has produced in Chelsea.

We know that executive director Gladys Vega an assistant executive director Roseann Bongiovanni traveled to Denver in June and took great pride when City Manager Jay Ash accepted the All-America City Award from the National Civic League.

For the leaders of the Collaborative knew in their hearts that their organization had contributed much to Chelsea receiving this prestigious award and being the only city in Massachusetts to take home the coveted plaque.

Gladys Vega has been a high-energy symbol for helping people for many years. We remember Gladys receiving the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award from the National Football League, with Patriots owner Bob Kraft making the presentation to this superb administrator in front of 68,000 fans at Gillette Stadium.

So while Gladys Vega and her organization will be doing the honoring at the gala, we know that the city of Chelsea is honored by the presence of the Chelsea Collaborative in our city.

Thank you, Chelsea Collaborative, for being a truly unique and innovative force in our community and beyond.



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