Ambassador Thomas Jr. Keynote Speaker at 27th Annual MetroWest Community Prayer Breakfast

FRAMINGHAM – The Alliance for MetroWest Unity announced today, April 22, U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas will be keynote speaker at the 27th Annual MetroWest Community Prayer Breakfast and John P. Garrahan Leadership in Diversity Awards on May 3, at the Sheraton Framingham.

The Alliance presents the Leadership in Diversity Awards annually to students from public and private high schools located in MetroWest whose work in leading others in awareness and appreciation of diversity distinguishes them at their schools.

These themes in action can be found in the work of the 2019 recipients of the annual Leadership in Diversity Awards, who include:

Algonquin Regional High School – Jordan Manousos
Ashland High School- Natalia Ferraz
Assabet Valley Regional Technical School- Dale McLaughlin
Dover-Sherborn Regional High School- Tylan Mendes
Framingham High School- Mira Donaldson
Holliston High School- Ashani Kurukulasuriya
Hopkinton High School- Robert McGuire
Keefe Regional Technical School- James Hunter
Learning Center for the Deaf- Aleena Nicoloro
Marlborough High School- Sheila Sossavi
Natick High School- El Martinez
St. Mark’s School- Yujing (Jenny) Tang
Walnut Hill School for the Arts- Michaela Martin-Mason
Wayland High School- Sylvia Lagor
Westborough High School- Carolyn McDermott

The student speakers representing the awardees will be El Martinez of Natick High School, and Ashani Kurukulasuriya of Holliston High School.

Currently a Kissinger Senior Fellow at Yale University, Ambassador Thomas had a long career as an American diplomat, serving in United States embassies as a Foreign Service Officer in India, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Peru, and as U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Zimbabwe.

He served as Executive Secretary of the United States Department of State, Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service, Director of the State Department Operations Center, Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Director for Southeast Asia to the National Security
Council, and Diplomat in Residence at Arizona State University.

The event also includes the annual Nancy King Award, named for the late Executive Director and founder of MetroWest Legal Services.

The 2019 Nancy King Award will go to OUT MetroWest.

The annual breakfast and award program was first held in April of 1993, as a collaborative effort of local leaders, interfaith clergy, MetroWest Legal Services, MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, Framingham State University,
MetroWest Medical Center, MetroWest Bar Association, and others. In 2004, the award was renamed in honor of one of the group’s founders and longtime steering committee member, late Framingham attorney and community leader John P. Garrahan.

Volunteers from the Alliance met with the 2019 class of nominees and their parents at an evening reception in March.

At that time, students spoke to the group about their leadership roles in promoting diversity, inclusion, and anti- discrimination.

Tickets for this event are available by sending a check for $25 for individuals, and $250 per table, and include a buffet breakfast to the Alliance for MetroWest Unity, c/o MetroWest Legal Services, 63 Fountain St # 304, Framingham, MA 01702, or at

Donations and sponsorships are also welcome.

The event will be from 7:15 to 9 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Sheraton Framingham. A limited number of seats will be available at the door.

The Alliance for MetroWest Unity, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation whose mission is to recognize, foster and celebrate unity and inclusion within the MetroWest community.


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Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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