At the Senior Center Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, October 26, the guest of honor is Alan Balsam, who is retiring from his role as the director of Brookline’s Department of Public Health and Human Services. Here are six things you don’t know about him:
1. Alan was born and brought up in Miami, and still longs to spend winters there.
2. Alan was a waiter in the Catskill Mountains of New York during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and spent a soggy, muddy night at Woodstock in 1969.
3. Alan organized two unions before the age of 25, serving as Chief Shop Steward of Local 26 at Harvard University while working as a cook in the ‘70s.
4. Alan is a co-founder of Community Servings, which began over 25 years ago as the Meals on program for People with AIDS. He currently serves on their Board of Mentors.
5. Alan is married to Christine Johnsen for almost 25 years and has two stepdaughters and a grandson. And Alan is a twin, whose sister, Nina, went to Simmons and lives in St. Louis.
6. Alan loves to sing and play his guitar, especially for groups of older adults that know his songs. He looks forward to expanding his play list to include at least a couple of songs written after 1975.
So get your tickets for the Benefit and join in celebrating this extraordinary person! Contact the Senior Center at 617-730- 2770.