An exciting evening

celebrating women and girls’ mental health

Kicking off a new year, together


Be part of a not-to-be-missed night that brings together women from across the community to expand access to mental health care for women and girls.

The eighth annual Women at the Center Kickoff will be headlined by acclaimed writer Judith Viorst, and will feature the presentation of the inaugural EDNA Award for Distinguished Leadership to Sandy Bakalar.

Be a part of this year’s Kickoff — become a sponsor, purchase tickets, or make a gift — any way you do it, you’ll be helping expand access to better care and better lives for women and girls.


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What to expect

7 PM | Doors open and cocktail hour begins
8 PM | Speaking program begins

The Women at the Center Kickoff is an inspiring night out, uniting more than 300 women each year in shared support of good mental health for all women and girls in our community.

Your evening starts with the perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones, too! Upon arrival at the elegant 33rd floor of the State Room in downtown Boston, you’ll enjoy a cocktail reception with open bar and hors d’oeuvres.

At your table for the seated program, you’ll enjoy sweet and savory treats with wine pairings. In addition to the headlining speaker (meet this year’s special guest, author Judith Viorst below), a highlight of the evening is the opportunity to hear a Brookline Center client speak about the impact of your attendance.

New this year, Women at the Center is proud to present the inaugural Women at the Center EDNA Award for Distinguished Leadership to Sandy Bakalar (also introduced below).

The evening will conclude with a book signing by Judith Viorst, with books available for purchase at the event.

Still have questions or want to learn more? Call 617-277-8107 or email us and we will be happy to help!


Judith Viorst


Meet the 2020 Kickoff Speaker

Acclaimed author Judith Viorst has long addressed life’s inevitable changes and challenges with her trademark combination of deep wisdom and playful humor. In her latest memoir, Nearing Ninety: And Other Comedies of Late Life, Viorst writes about complicated joys and everyday tribulations to which we can all relate.

Viorst is also the author of several children’s classics, including Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the New York Times best-seller Necessary Losses, and dozens of titles ranging from poetry to psychology.

Sandy Bakalar

EDNA award honoree

Meet the 2020 EDNA honoree

Sandy Bakalar is a longtime supporter and board member of The Brookline Center. We are excited to honor her lifelong service and dedication, and to celebrate the true impact she has had on community wellbeing. She is an inspiring example for us all!