North Andover resident recognized for fundraising efforts to fight poverty

NORTH ANDOVER — Resident Russell Norris received thunderous applause from an audience of more than 1,000 people for his unwavering support of Action for Boston Community Development during the organization’s Community Heroes Celebration in November.

“It felt great to share with my friends and family the impact we were all making,” he said. “But to share the stories of the heroes we recognized that night, to be able to relive and recognize the 50 years of service that John Drew [former president and CEO of ABCD] gave and to be able to smile together and see a great future was the real icing on the cake.”

General manager of the Boston office of Slalom Consulting, Norris has spearheaded a myriad of fundraising efforts for ABCD programs such as housing, healthcare, fuel assistance, education and career development.

“ABCD is beyond grateful for the support of Russell Norris and Slalom Boston in our efforts to lift people and communities out of poverty,” said Sharon Scott-Chandler, president and CEO of the organization. “When companies focus their assistance on community needs, great things can happen.”