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Grand Opening of New Balance Foundation Wing at Franciscan Hospital for Children’s Kennedy Day School

WHAT: Franciscan Hospital for Children will host the grand opening of the New Balance Foundation wing of the Kennedy Day School, a special education school for students with intensive special needs and challenges. First breaking ground in May of 2010, the two-story school offers larger classrooms, therapy rooms and other spaces for learning and specialized equipment that will make it possible for children to work towards independence. The new and improved Kennedy Day School will enable therapists and teachers to continue to foster the development of meaningful skills and positive self-concept among their students.

The grand opening will include a reception with remarks by John Nash, Bob Needham and Anne Davis as well as tours through the new space including the Hyman Novack Music Therapy Center, Alan Shoolman Memorial Library, Dropkick Murphys/Claddagh Fund Family Conference Room, EchoStor Technologies Communication Center and the Judy and Jonathan Parkhurst Classroom.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 – 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHO: John Nash, Franciscan Hospital for Children President & CEO
Bob Needham, Chairman of the Board at Franciscan Hospital for Children
Anne Davis, Vice Chairman and Executive VP of New Balance
Bob Sweeney, Director of Development for Boston Bruins Foundation and former Bruin
John Dooley, CEO and Co-Founder of EchoStor Technologies
Barry Sloane, President and CEO of Century Bank
Ted Winston, Co-Owner of Winston Flowers
Christine McMahon, Executive Director of The Claddagh Fund
Kennedy Day School Students and staff

WHERE: Franciscan Hospital for Children, 30 Warren Street, Brighton, MA 02135

WHY: Franciscan Hospital for Children, located in Boston’s neighborhood of Brighton, is the leading pediatric rehabilitation center in New England.  The hospital offers medical, behavioral and educational services for children with complex issues requiring interdisciplinary care. For more information on the hospital visit For more information on the Kennedy Day School, visit

Kelli Fletcher, Regan Communications

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