The Trauma Center at JRI's 25th Anniversary Gala


John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Evening of Wednesday, November 7, 2007


The Trauma Center’s 25th Anniversary Gala at the Kennedy Library glowed with a brilliance that lit up Boston Harbor on November 7. The celebration not only honored Medical Director Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s leadership in the trauma field, but also acknowledged a second generation of directors at the Center. More than 350 people attended, including many Center staff alumni, colleagues from other trauma programs around the country, professionals in mental health, and family and friends of our Staff. The event featured van der Kolk presenting lifetime achievement awards to Dr. Judith Herman, Dr. Frank Putnam, Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Rhodes, and Senator Edward Kennedy.

van der Kolk spoke about the battle of the past two and a half decades that he and the Center have waged to bring the recognition of trauma in all its forms to the public. Against the ever-present counterforce to deny and repress the effects of trauma, Putnam referred to his research spanning three generations of women that shows the correlations between trauma and many of the health crises our country faces. Herman noted how far the field has come, from her days as a resident when she was taught that incest occurs one time in a million.

Rhodes spoke eloquently about his own trauma and recovery, just as he had written in his memoir A Hole in the World, daring to speak as few men have. And Senator Kennedy, via video, honored for his leading support of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, commended the Center for its innovative work, including the application of yoga to trauma treatment.

The evening was not only about long struggles, but also about healing and triumph. Dr. Alexandra Cook, at the Center since 1995 and newly appointed Director of Development, announced the generous funding of the Catherine Jacobus Endowment in honor of her mother. This gift will help to ensure the future of the Center, and also will inspire others to continue to contribute in the spirit of healing that the Gala embodied.




Judith Herman, M.D.

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Frank Putnam, M.D.

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Richard Rhodes

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Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

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Gold Sponsors

ANS Research Limited
Alexandra Cook
EMDR Institute
Glenhaven Academy
The Justice Resrouce Institute
Bessel van der Kolk



Silver Sponsors

The Cook Family
The University of Buffalo School of Social Work


Bronze Sponsors ($2,000+)

Jewish Family and Children's Services
Patti Levin
Sensorimotor Psycotherapy Institute


Copper Sponsors
($1,000 +)

Anchorage Community MHC
BFS Business Printing
The Blaustein Family
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation
Calgary Family Services
Lana Epstein
The Forensic Panel
The Key Program
Ronald Logue and Kathleen McGillycuddy
The Spinazzola Family
Urban Improv
The Zucker Family


If you are interested in purchasing our DVD of the 25th Anniversary Gala event, featuring Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Dr. Judith Herman, Dr. Frank Putnam, and Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Rhodes, among others, please send a check/money order in the amount of $30.00 U.S. ($25.00 DVD plus shipping & handling) to the following address:

The Trauma Center at JRI
1269 Beacon St, 1st Fl.
Brookline, MA 02446
ATTN: Lee Fallontowne, Office Manager

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