The Benefit Breakfast


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Friday, January 11, 2019

7:00 - Networking Hour
8:00 - Program

Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street, Boston


Interested in sponsoring the 23rd Benefit Breakfast in 2019? Contact Emily Tabor for more information. 

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23rd Annual Benefit Breakfast Co-Chairs

Christina Severin & Jim Roosevelt

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AARP Massachusetts

Affiliated Monitors, Inc.

Ankner & Levy, P.C.

Archstone Law Group

Association for Behavioral Healthcare

Barrett & Singal, P.C.

Bay Cove Human Services

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Boston Public Health Commission

Bournewood Hospital

Brody Hardoon Perkins & Kesten

Brookline Bank

Cambridge Health Alliance

Center for Health Law, Ethics, and Human Rights

Choate Hall & Stewart



Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Epstein Becker & Green

Freedman HealthCare

Fresenius Medical Care North America

Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Hemenway & Barnes

Holland & Knight LLP

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman

Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

Locke Lord LLP

Massachusetts Association for Mental Health

Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

Massachusetts Medical Society

McDermott Will & Emery

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo

Neighborhood Health Plan

New England Baptist Hospital

Northeastern University School of Law

Pierce & Mandell, P.C.

Posternak, Blankstein & Lund LLP

Professional Ambulance Service

Public Consulting Group, Inc.

Riverside Community Care

Ropes & Gray LLP

Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers, LLP

Todd & Weld

Tringale Health Strategies

UMass Medical School

Verrill Dana 







 Tom & Meredith Lea Sobol



Joanne & Paul Egerman

Stephen Rosenfeld

Kate & Phil Villers


Thomas Barker

Brian Carey & Erin Graves

Andrew Dreyfus



Michael Blau & Ann Muschett

Ellen Bruce & Richard Segan

Charles & Nancy Donahue

David Nalven & Jill Goldman

Lauren Smith


At the last Benefit Breakfast...

On November 7th, 2017, nearly 1,000 health care professionals and advocates convened at the Sheraton Boston Hotel for HLA's 22nd Benefit Breakfast.

The brisk morning did not deter an early crowd that trickled in at 7:00am. Soon, the foyer was filled with familiar faces and new additions. At 8:00, the program began with Matt Selig, HLA's Executive Director, who spoke of the importance of our immigrant health care access initiative (read more about that effort here), followed by a video on our work with the Kunta family, who emigrated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Staff Attorney Andrew Cohen was able to enroll the Kuntas in a health care plan that covered their daughter's hearing device.

The Breakfast Co-Chairs, Susan Coakley and Larry Vernaglia, whose dedication and generosity of time and energy was instrumental in making this Breakfast a success, spoke of the importance of continuing the fight for health care justice. We heard from Ivan Victoriano Fontes, a young man who needed a kidney transplant and came to HLA for help. HLA's Board Director, Mala Rafik, drove it home -- it is our duty to advocate for the health of the immigrant community. 

And finally, we were thrilled to have The Capitol Steps as the featured act, who left the room in stitches from their hilarious and brilliant performance. 

View photos from the Breakfast on our Facebook page!

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About the Benefit Breakfast

Health Law Advocates' Annual Benefit Breakfast is the primary source of corporate and individual gifts for HLA. Over the years, this event has enabled us to help 12,500+ families and individuals access health care. 

The HLA Breakfast team works with hundreds of partners each year and is happy to a tailor any individual or corporate package to fit your company culture and needs. Please email or call Emily Tabor at or 617.275.2881 for a consultation.