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President Drinan Honored by Girls Organization

April 10, 2013

President Helen Drinan was recently honored by Girls’ LEAP during their Annual Gala at the Boston Harbor Hotel March 28.

Surrounded by family and Simmons colleagues, Drinan accepted the award on behalf of Simmons College as an institutional honoree. This award is given annually by Girls’ LEAP, a Boston non-profit, which focuses on the emotional and physical health of girls and young women.

Former honorees include Diane Patrick, wife of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts CEO Andrew Dreyfus. During the event, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren provided a video recognizing Simmons College for its partnership with Girls’ LEAP.

Girls’ LEAP is an important community partner for Simmons, and works closely with the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service and the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change. Since 2006, more than 60 Simmons women have completed Girls’ LEAP intensive training; more than 30 women have gone on to serve as assistant instructors in programs all over Boston.

This fall, Shauna Deleon, a Simmons Community Service Student Leader, was honored as the New England Patriot Charitable Foundation Volunteer of the Week for her three years of volunteerism and leadership at Girls’ LEAP.

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