Congratulations to our 2023 Grand Marshall’s,
Mark & Robin Foster
Mark Foster is a Beverly native and a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston. He has dedicated his career to public service, serving the City of Beverly for over 40 years. Currently he holds the position of Director of Emergency Services for the City, and is also the Founder and Director of a FEMA Search & Rescue team based in Beverly. His team, consisting of over 250 members, has responded to many disasters and emergencies, including the September 11th attacks and Hurricane Katrina.
In recognition of their efforts at Ground Zero in New York City from September 11th to September 18th, 2001, Mark’s entire Search & Rescue Team was honored as the Grand Marshalls of the 2001 Beverly Holiday Parade.
Robin McGarvey Foster, originally from Philadelphia and New Jersey, has been a resident of Beverly for over 40 years. She graduated from Salem State University and recently retired after serving as the Assistant Director of the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce for 14 years. Prior to her work at the Chamber of Commerce, Robin held positions at two well-known Beverly institutions, the North Shore Music Theatre and TDBank.
Post retirement, Robin remains involved in community service. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Grateful Friends, a non-profit organization that provides both emotional and financial support to adults undergoing cancer treatment. (gratefulfriends.org).
She also serves on the Board of Directors of Beverly Homecoming (beverlyhomecoming.org), an organization dedicated to fostering community spirit and organizing events for Beverly residents.
Mark and Robin are proud parents to two daughters, Kate Foster of Pittsburgh, PA, and Sarah Hartline of Marblehead, MA. Together, they have four grandchildren, Emma, Ben, Allie and James.