Cocktail Reception, Book Signing & Reading to benefit the
Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center in South Boston



The Tierney Family and Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) will host an evening with best-selling author Dennis Lehane on Friday, September 21 at The Gregory E. Bulger Performing Arts Center at Boston College High School in Dorchester, beginning at 6:30 PM.

The event will benefit the newly opened Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center named after the former Boston City Councilor and Old Colony resident.  The Tierney Learning Center is a multi-faceted educational center in the heart of South Boston’s Old Colony Public Housing Development. 

“We’re extremely grateful to have the generous support of Dennis Lehane.  He’s a great example of someone who represents the hopes and dreams of what our young people can aspire to in their lives,” said John Drew, ABCD President/CEO. 

Of Lehane’s involvement, Stephen Fulton, Director, Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center said, “Dennis comes from a similar background to many of our youth and hopes by giving back that he can in some small way help them to dream and to realize their full potential as was done for him.”

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception in the rotunda of Boston College High School, followed by Lehane reading an excerpt from one of his books and ending with a book signing and Q&A with the author.

Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, was published in 1994, Lehane has published eight more novels that have been translated into more than 30 languages and have become international bestsellers including: Darkness, Take My Hand; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; The Given Day; and Moonlight Mile. Three of his novels, Mystic River, Gone, Baby,Gone, and Shutter Island have been adapted into award-winning films. His tenth novel, Live By Night, will be published this October.  

The Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center in South Boston is collaboration between ABCD, Beacon Communities Inc., and the Boston Housing Authority.  The center offers a historic opportunity to create access to resources—and pathways out of poverty—for public housing residents. It provides dozens of programs with many community partners including after-school enrichment programs, computer labs, ESOL classes and much more, plus a state-of-the-art Head Start Center run by ABCD and serving pre-school children and their families.

Tickets are $75.00 each.  For more information contact Milagros Pena at 617.752.4449; email or visit

About ABCD:
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.

About the Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center:
The Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center utilizes a Community Classroom approach – partnering with several local and national agencies including the Magic Johnson Foundation - to provide traditional and “beyond the blackboard” activities and programs which specifically address the educational and employment outcomes of children, youth, and adults living in Old Colony.  The Tierney Center aims to actively fight the cycle of poverty and serve as a model for the transformation of public housing community centers across Boston.

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