Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt’s Legacy: Val-Kill Partnership Honors Boston Women Leaders

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Honorees include former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy and DE&I Pioneer Collette Phillips.

Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership, which maintains and preserves her memory will be hosting the “Following in her Footsteps” awards ceremony. The event will be held April 30, 2024 at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline. The event honors women who carry on her legacy of human rights and civil rights. This year’s winners are Former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy and DE&I pioneer, thought leader, and founder of Get Konnected, Collette Phillips.

Event theme: passing the torch

This year will feature a passing of the torch of sorts. Governor Maura Healey, the Commonwealth’s first elected female governor, will present the award to Murphy. Murphy was the state’s first elected lieutenant governor. Phillips will receive her award from Eastern Bank CEO Bob Rivers. Rivers worked closely with her on promoting DE&I efforts around the country.

The Val-Kill Partnership not only raises funds to support Roosevelt’s Val-Kill home but also works to continue her legacy on social justice issues. These issues include the advancement of women’s leadership, championing human rights globally, and promoting civil rights in the United States.

“In these difficult and turbulent times, the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt shines brighter than ever. She was committed to human rights, civil rights and protecting the earth for generations to come. This is why Eleanor Roosevelt at Val-Kill exists,” said Carol Hillman, co-host of the event. Hillman is also a member of the ERVKP Board.

This year’s event is a welcome back for the Val-Kill Partnership. It’s the first live awards celebration since before the start of the pandemic. Tickets are still available. Pricing starts at $35, and they can be purchased online.

In addition to the presentations of honors, the event will also include a screening of the documentary “Close to Home.” The film offers a look into Val-Kill, Roosevelt’s home, and her base of operations as she worked to make the world a more just and equal place. Jim Braude of WGBH will act as the event emcee.

Past honorees include Hillary Clinton, Geraldine Ferraro, Liz Walker, Swanee Hunt, Cathy Douglas Stone, and Christine Todd Whitman.

About the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership

The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership is committed to furthering Eleanor Roosevelt’s legacy as a catalyst for social change. The Partnership was initially founded by First Lady Hillary Clinton as part of her Save America’s Treasures program. It works alongside the National Parks Department, providing funds for preservation, restoration, innovative programming, and interpretive projects at Val-Kill, Roosevelt’s home in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Partnership honors Roosevelt’s life’s work, promoting her leadership on social justice issues by fostering engagement, awareness, and action, aligning with her ideals for today’s world.

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