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Previous Awards Recipients

The Allen C. Crocker Award
The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress established the Allen C. Crocker Award of Excellence in recognition of his many years of nurturing individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

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1994:  Chris Burke (Actor & Self-Advocate)

1995:  Charlie Austin (WBZ television reporter, parent)

1996:  Mark Grainger (MDSC founder)

1997:  Ann Forts (Speaker & Self-Advocate)

1998:  Gretchen Josephson (Poet & Self-Advocate)

1999:  Sara Miranda (Children's Hospital
& Federation for Children with Special Needs)Awards Crocker Sarrah Miranda

2000:  The Rich Robison Family (MDSC, Federation for Children with Special Needs)

2001:  The Tim White Foundation

2002:  Dan & Julie Heffernan (MDSC, Federation for Children with Special Needs)

2003:  Suzanne Siino (Past President MDSC)

2004:  Richard Jonas, M.D., (Chief Cardiovascular Surgeon of Children's Hospital)

2005:  Joanne Maranian
(MDSC Board, Tim White Fund, parent advocate)Awards Crocker Cullen lombardo

2006:  Jo Ann Simons (Past NDSC, MDSC and current NDSS Board, EMARC Executive Director, parent)

2007:  Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance Program

2008:  Sarah Cullen and Angela Lombardo (First Response Services for New Parents)

2009:  Madeleine Will, Director of the Awards Elin HoweNational Policy Center of the National Down Syndrome Society

2010:  Charlotte Gray, Sharon Randall, Maura Russo – Founders of Morning Travelers, a playgroup whose focus is on children with Down syndrome, their brothers and sisters and entire family.

2011:  Elin Howe, Commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services

2012:  Dr. Brian Skotko of Massachusetts General Hospital for his profound impact in the field of Down syndrome studies and in the larger Down syndrome community.

2013:  John Anton, advocate for persons with Down syndrome in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts working with legislators, policy makers, and disability advocates to support legislation that improves the lives and protects the rights of persons with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. 

2014:  Timothy Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics, a social leader, educator, activist, film producer, and business entrepreneur.

2015:  Francisco Zamudio, Shey Jaboin, and Roxanne Hoke Chandler for their work outreaching to families of diverse backgrounds.

Media Award
The Media Award, established in 2000, is presented to a person or company who exemplifies the MDSC's mission to disseminate up-to-date information about Down syndrome.

2001:  Mitchell Zuckoff & Suzanne Kreiter of The Boston Globe

2002:  Irv Shapell on behalf of Woodbine House Publishers

2003:  Cynthia Kidder of Band of Angels Press

2004:  K.C. Myers of The Cape Cod Times

2005:  Gene Lavanchy of Fox 25 News

2006:  Amy Dockser Marcus of The Wall Street Journal

2007:  Beverly Beckham of The Boston Globe

2008:  Pat Bauer, formerly of The Washington PostAwards media Schleider 2011

2009:  Wendy Bulawa Agudelo

2010:  Keri Stedman – Media Specialist from Children’s Hospital Boston who has worked behind the scenes on several important stories on Down syndrome which were covered in the local and national media.

2011:  Sarah Schleider, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the National Down Syndrome Society

2012:  Target - for featuring a child with Down syndrome as a model in one of their weekly circulars, and their commitment to diversity and inclusion in every aspect of their business.

2013:  Amy Masters of WCVB-TV for producing an outstanding, comprehensive and balanced Chronicle piece on how the lives of people with Down syndrome have changed through the years.

2014:  Kyle Gendron, MDSC member, friend, advocate and official MDSC photographer for all events.

2015:  Jonathan Elias, WBZ-TV anchor who showed a willingness to go above and beyond to help spread Down syndrome awareness.  Jonathan spent countless volunteer hours planning, filming and editing an awareness video featuring many of his celebrity connections in the Boston area?

Educators Award
Established in 2004, this award is presented to a person or persons who exemplify leadership in academics with students with Down syndrome.

2005:  Robert McInnis, Needham High School

2006:  Christine D'Anjou, Director of Pupil Personnel Services for North Reading School District

2007:  Aimee Fredette, Jody Waters & Mary Ann Ruscito - Grade 3 team at Walpole's Fisher School 

2008:  Amy Marx, Principal of The Harbor School in Boston

2009:  Joanne Ethier, Principal of St. Peter-Marian Junior High School in Worcester

2010:  Lauren Segee, North Andover paraprofessional from who played key role in realizing her student’s full potential.

2011:  William Endslow, Fine and Performing Arts Director at Reading Memorial High School

2012:  Jayme Finstein who ran the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Program at Mass Bay Community College from 2009 to 2011.

2013:  Maureen Blazejewski, educator in the Cambridge Public Schools and  Lead Special Educator for the Learning Program Boston (LPB), an early literacy and numeracy program for children with Down syndrome serving the Greater Boston area.

2014:  Paul Connolly, Varsity Basketball Coach from Newton North High School.

2015:  Rosalie Forster and Betsy Pelz for their work on the MDSC education manual, Meaningful Inclusion for Students with Down Syndrome.

Leadership Award 

2012:  Former MDSC Board Chairs Susan Shea, for being a visionary and a catalyst ?for change, taking the MDSC in a new direction; and Charlie Gadbois, for being a tireless champion for individuals with Down syndrome, and a strategic leader for the MDSC.

2013:  State Representative Tom Sannicandro, Parent and lawmaker, who has demononstrated exemplary leadership in advocating for disability causes in Massachusedtts for over 25 years.

2014:  Nancy & Richard Donahue for their outstanding public service throughout the years, and their commitment to individuals with Down syndrome; and Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray who has been a chanmpion for creating expanded opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities.

2015:  Kerri & Jon Tabasky, MDSC Buddy Walk Co-Chairs, helping to make our Buddy Walk one of the largest in the country and enhancing our public awareness through partnerships with the media and by securing celebrities as spokespersons for our mission; and Sohail & Mona Masood, parents and dedicated leaders on the MDSC Honorary Board of Directors who generously covered the full cost of the first MDSC office for five years.