Friday evening, June 12, 2015 will remain a night to remember in the Perkins chronicles. Over 175 guests gathered at the Janeway Education Center to pay tribute to Dr. Charles P. Conroy, who has served as the agency’s executive director for 28 years, second only to the tenure of Dr. Franklin Perkins. Gala guests included Perkins trustees, ambassadors, staff, neighbors, supporters, and families of students and adult residents. Beautiful weather provided the perfect backdrop for guests to spill from the dining room out onto the tented courtyard, to enjoy gourmet food, drink, and mingle with Dr. Conroy and friends.
Second to the guest of honor, the amazing cuisine received top billing. Under the capable direction of Food Services Director, Erin Weeks, Perkins’s seven-member culinary team offered an exquisite array of fare from seared sea scallops to carrot coconut soup. Head chef Mark Harriman prepared al fresco grilled options including rosemary chicken and filet mignon skewers. Guests enjoyed cheeses from around the world, freshly tossed salads, and shucked-to-order, fresh Wellfleet oysters. An assortment of satisfying desserts capped off the menu. The Katherine E. And Franklin H. Perkins, Jr. dining room in the Janeway building was scarcely recognizable amid the elegant ambiance of palm trees, twinkling lights, and a light jazz soundtrack. “As the Food Service Director, I was so pleased to be able to provide the catering framework for Dr. Conroy’s Legacy Gala. My experienced and versatile staff was excited to showcase the high end of their culinary range for this event. The feedback we received was fabulous,” commented Weeks.
The Janeway corridor included several tables chock-full of pictures, news articles, and other ephemerae highlighting Dr. Conroy’s incredible vision and leadership that led to the expansion of the campus and services. As guests enjoyed a “walk down memory lane,” many found themselves included in those pictures.
Kerry Flathers, Director of Organizational Advancement at Perkins remarked, “We began planning several months ago and I knew early on this event would likely be a huge success. We had the support of a wonderful gala committee as well as Perkins colleagues who teamed up to get every detail covered and covered beautifully. Add a guest of honor who is so highly respected and cared about as Charlie Conroy, and amazing things happen,” Flathers continued. The Perkins Legacy Gala in honor of Dr. Conroy was successful in raising nearly $24,000 for Perkins’ programs and services.
“It was an incredible night with an incredible outcome,” praised Conroy. “It’s beyond gratifying to consider all the good that will come from this event that will stay with me forever; a rewarding celebration for what has been the most personally and professionally rewarding experience of a lifetime,” he marveled.