Root's Second Annual Celebration was a huge success.

On Thursday, November 30th, Governor Baker, Salem Mayor Driscoll, and more than 275 friends and supporters, gathered at Root for a festive evening in celebration of all of Root’s accomplishments in the last year. Guests sampled Root's catering menu and toured the professional teaching kitchen, classroom, The Root Café, and HarborPoint at Root, our beautiful new event space. 


Edward and Armani, two of Root’s Program Partners, introduced Governor Baker, who presented the Jennifer Eddy Community Leadership Award to Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. The award, named after Root’s founder, is presented each year to an exceptional individual who exemplifies the true spirit of youth leadership and workforce development. Mayor Driscoll has been a champion of Root from the beginning and was instrumental in securing temporary space at Salem High School for our pilot program while the Shetland Park space was under construction. The Governor praised Mayor Driscoll for her commitment to Salem’s youth and to a skilled job force for Salem’s growing restaurant industry. 

Thank you to all who helped us celebrate on November 30th! 


Strong community partnerships are key to the Root mission of transforming the lives of at-risk young adults.  Special thanks to the following individuals and companies for their generous support of our Second Annual Celebration:

Vinwood Caterers
Windover Construction
Salem 5
Shetland Park
Q. Cassetti
Alyse Gause Photography
CityWinery Boston
Zwikker and Zacher
Glovsky and Glovsky
Notch Brewing
Far From the Tree Cider
Singing Flower
R.B. Strong Inc.
Betsy Curtis
Michael Frechet
Brookwood School