Somerville Police Officer Maryanne Manfra Honored by Somerville Homeless Coalition

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Photos by William Tauro

The Somerville Homeless Coalition hosted the 6th Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon this past Friday at The Highland Kitchen thats located at 150 Highland Avenue in Somerville. The luncheon was held in memory of Tina DeLellis, a founder of Johnny D’s, the popular Somerville restaurant and music venue. The luncheon recognizes
an individual who has made a significant contribution to helping improve the quality of life for individuals in Somerville. DeLellis, who passed away in 2008, is survived by her daughter, Carla, who now manages Johnny D’s and continues the community involvement the business has supported for many years.

This year’s honoree is Maryanne Manfra. Requirements for the Tina DeLellis Distinguished Service Award are that the individual “continues Tina’s spirit and values of straight-shooting, honesty and fairness,” said Mark Alston-Follansbee, Executive Director of the Somerville Homeless Coalition, who adds,

“Maryanne, a Somerville Police Officer for over 20 years, is being honored for the care and compassion she gives to the most vulnerable members of our community. She exemplifies qualities we can all aspire to, offering a hand up and never turning away from people in need.”

Attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch from The Highland Kitchen while sharing in Tina’s memory and appreciating Maryanne’s accomplishments. All proceeds will benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition.
The Somerville Homeless Coalition is a non-profit organization committed to ending homelessness and near-homelessness in the Somerville and Greater Boston areas. For more information on the Somerville Homeless Coalition, please visit http://www.shcinc.org or call 617-623-6111. “Support, Housing, Community.”

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