Tuesday, September 16, 2014

60 Vertex Employees Help Clean Up Dorchester Beaches with Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay

On September 11, 2014, 60 employees of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a global biotech company headquartered at Fan Pier in Boston, joined Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay for a cleanup at Tenean Beach and Savin Hill Beach in Dorchester as part of their annual day of service.

The first team from Vertex spent the morning at Tenean Beach in Dorchester removing debris and brush from the beach and the adjacent playground and lawn. 

Each year, Vertex offers its employees the opportunity to participate in various civic engagement and community service opportunities in the Boston community, including beach and park cleanups, tutoring in local schools, and creating care packages for the military.

Of the approximately 1,000 Vertex employees that took part in this year’s service day worldwide, 60 elected to spend the day at Tenean Beach and Savin Hill Beach in Dorchester with Save the Harbor / Save the Bay removing debris, trimming overgrown brush, and weeding the land, pathways, and sidewalks that line the beaches. In total, they removed 2.5 truckloads of debris and brush from the two beaches with the help of the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay staff.

Jennifer Casagrande, Kerrie Blanchette, Lauren Kuhn, Josh Leeman, and Ed Luss with the debris they collected from Tenean Beach.
Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy, Communications, and Programs at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay, was impressed with what the Vertex volunteers accomplished that day. “It’s great to have Vertex as a partner for their day of service this year,” Berman said. “It’s a great way to help us to protect the public’s $4.5 billion investment in the Boston Harbor Cleanup and gives volunteers a chance to take pride in their beaches and give back to their community.”

Ankita Deshpande of Vertex helped remove weeds from Savin Hill Beach in Dorchester.
Ankita Deshpande, Associate Director of CF Global Marketing, was on hand for the event and excited to take part. “For me it is rewarding to be a part of Save the Harbor’s mission, to keep the water clean and our beaches well maintained so that we can strengthen Boston’s neighborhoods and connect the region’s residents to the water.”

Thank you to everyone who participated in this day of service on the Dorchester beaches. All of us at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay appreciate your hard work and dedication to our mission and our community.
For information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org and follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/savetheharbor  

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