Thursday, September 27th – Omni Parker House Hotel
An Evening Highlighting Boston’s Community Heroes!
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) honors twenty individuals at the Community Volunteer Celebration on Thursday, September 27th at the historic Omni Parker House Hotel in Downtown Boston beginning at 6:30PM.
“We are very excited to honor these men and women who have donated their time and energy to support ABCD and its various programs in each of their communities,” says ABCD President/CEO John Drew. “On this night, we honor these community heroes who exemplify excellence, dedication and commitment through their service to our organization.” The honorees were selected by local neighborhood boards across the city.
The honorees receiving awards include: Barbara Crichlow, Geraldine Godding, Rachel Green, George “Chip” Greenidge, Jr., Joan A. Harris, Debbie Hughes, Carmen Lopez, John Lynds, Lynn Margherio, Lucia Matule, Anne Medinus, Ph.D., Cecilia Mendez, Ann Sheers, Sara Suarez, Stephen Tang, May Tom, Clayton Turnbull, Harry Uhlman, Alejandra Velasquez, and Qi Zhang.
The featured speaker for this evening is Misha Kaufman, Founder and Director of Centsable, (www.centsablefls.org) a non-for-profit organization whose aim is to introduce financial literacy into the New York Public School System. Centsable has established partnerships with Teachers College and will begin two pilot programs this spring. In the past three years he has worked with the Harlem Educational Activities Fund where he has directed a group of high school students in the creation of a Civic Service Project. Kaufman is a native of the Greater Boston area and is a graduate of Columbia University.
The celebration will be emceed by Yadires Nova-Salcedo, host and producer of WBZ-TV’s “Centro”.
The Community Volunteer Ceremony is one of several key events taking place this year as part of ABCD’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Today ABCD serves more than 85,000 low-income Boston-area residents through its central offices and a decentralized network of Neighborhood Service Centers (NSCs), Head Start centers, Family Planning sites and Foster Grandparent sites. Programs and affiliations include Fuel Assistance; Head Start; Child Care Services; Child Care Choices of Boston; Education; Career Development; Housing and Homelessness Services; Health Services; Family Planning; Urban College of Boston; University High – an Alternative High School; Ostiguy High School for high school students in recovery; Weatherization; Foster Grandparents; Elder Services; Intergenerational Programs; Food Pantries in several Boston neighborhoods; management of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COBECC) and City of Boston Employees Charitable Campaign (COBECC); advocacy and consumer services.
# # #