Previous Awards Recipients
The Allen C. Crocker Award
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
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
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 National 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.
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 Post
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.
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.