How do you host a festive, diverse, and awe-inspiring party? Take a few notes from Found in Translation, who recently hosted their second annual Party Around the World event at the NERD Center.
Over 200 donors, friends, and supporters both new and old stepped out to celebrate with Found in Translation, an organization that helps homeless and multilingual women capitalize on their language skills. Found in Translation trains women through a 12-week Medical Interpreter Certificate course where they receive the education they need to obtain medical interpreter jobs and financial security.
To reflect the diversity of the program graduatates and bring to life the organization’s mission, the party featured musical performances by Women of the World and multilingual child prodigy Clark Rubinshtein and dance performances by Xuchipelli Mexican Folkloric Ballet, FlamencoBoston, South Asian Nation Bollywood Dance Troupe, and Lindy Bomb Squad. It was quite the array of performers!
Just as impressive as the performers were the three women who were honored with the Culture Catalyst Award. Each recipient was monumental in helping the organization fulfill their mission of “tipping the scales of opportunity across race, gender, and ethnicity, and promoting a culture of diversity, inclusion, and hope,” explained Maria Vertkin, Founder and Executive Director at Found in Translation. The award was presented to Nancy Folan of Pioneer Investments, Peggy Andreas of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, and Shari Gold-Gomez of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Congratulations ladies!
I couldn’t recap the party, however, without praising the star of the night, Natalia Chilcote. Chilcote is an inspiring Found in Translation graduate who, despite great odds, is now a professional interpreter on track to become one of the leaders in her field.