Light of Dawnn Awards

The Light of Dawnn Awards were created to honor the legacy of youth leader Dawnn Jaffier, who demonstrated an unwavering commitment to building stronger communities. The awards are given to three nonprofit professionals by the Highland Street Foundation, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and the West End House Boys and Girls Club. The 2019 Light of Dawnn Awards were held on Tuesday, February 26, at the New Balance Pavilion in the West End House.

Governor Charlie Baker delivered remarks in a video message that was presented at the ceremony.

The 2019 Light of Dawnn Awardees are:

Ketsy Caraballo – Health Care Without Walls

Alma Huerta Dominguez – Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

Randy Wiskow – Cardinal Cushing Centers

Click here to read more about the 2019 Award winners.

These awardees share Dawnn’s passion and emulate her dedication to service. The 2019 ceremony also included the presentation of the Light of Dawnn Scholarship to three high school seniors by John Hancock in partnership with the Foundation To Be Named Later.

The 2019 Light of Dawnn Scholarship recipients are:

Angelina Botticelli – Boston Arts Academy

Etinnah Garcia – John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science

Dawry Ruiz – Roxbury Preparatory High School

About Dawnn and the Light of Dawnn Awards

On August 23, 2014, Boston lost one of its rising stars, Dawnn Ashley Jaffier, to an act of senseless gun violence. Dawnn had a promising career in Boston’s nonprofit community. Though only 26 years old, Dawnn had begun a promising career in Boston’s nonprofit community, holding direct service positions at the West End House, Playworks, City Year and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. She understood firsthand the important role nonprofit organizations play within a community and created a life devoted to giving back to all she had been given. To honor Dawnn, and all victims of senseless acts of violence, the Highland Street Foundation, community leaders, and Dawnn’s colleagues, peers, and family, created the Light of Dawnn Awards. These awards celebrate individuals working in the nonprofit sector who demonstrate the spirit that is Dawnn’s legacy.

The Light of Dawnn Awards aim to raise the public profiles of those doing important direct-service work, particularly those who do not have prominent or externally-facing roles. Every year, three winners are recognized at a public event and receive a monetary award for their outstanding efforts. The Light of Dawnn Scholarships are presented to three high school seniors. The scholarships are sponsored by John Hancock Financial, where Dawnn’s mother is a longtime employee, in partnership with the Foundation to Be Named Later.

Click here to read about past award winners.

Below is a video that highlights Dawnn’s impact on her family, friends, colleagues and Boston community. Thank you to Comcast for producing the video.

LightOfDawnn-desktop from Comcast VPS on Vimeo.

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