It was a fantastic holiday party on Saturday, December 1 at Chez Josef in Agawam. Some 300 Gándara Center Western Region employees rang in the holiday season with great food and great times. Special thanks to the music group Los Gigantes de la Plena and our DJ Mark Watkins from our SHINE program!

Our Executive Director, Henry East-Trou, who is retiring in May, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his exceptional leadership and dedication to the people we serve (pictured below).


Congratulations to all the raffle prize winners, the wearers of colorful holiday sweaters (some with bright lights), and those who received certificates of appreciation in recognition of their years of valuable contribution and dedication to the Gándara family:

20 Years
Mary Gustafson
Wanda Tosado

10 Years
Rachel Garfi
Victoria Giard
Jeff McGeary
Kristen Owens

5 Years
Eva Gomez
Katia Gonzalez
Melissa Morrissey
Eliel Negron
Kristine Rodriguez
Ruth Roman
Alexcelin Saldana

View video of the dance floor!