East Boston resident Maria Perez to be honored by ABCD 

Boston native and journalist Lawrence O’Donnell returns home to participate in a keynote conversation with Tennessee State Representative Justin J. Pearson of the “Tennessee Three”

(BOSTON, MA) – On Friday, November 3 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, ABCD will honor East  Boston resident Maria Perez at Boston’s most empowering event, the ABCD Community Heroes Celebration – who as a partner, collaborator, and leader uplifts underserved and under-represented people throughout Greater Boston and who advocates for social justice and equity in all its forms. Perez is among 18 nominated from across the region by ABCD neighborhood centers and programs for their selfless contribution of time, energy, expertise and compassion

Boston native Lawrence O’Donnell, host of MSNBC’s The Last Word, and Tennessee State Representative Justin J. Pearson of the “Tennessee Three” will engage in a keynote conversation during the gala. Ronald M. Drucker, President of The Druker Company Ltd. is chair of the dinner committee, and NBC 10’s Glenn Jones will emcee the event. 

According to ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler, advocating with and empowering underserved and under-represented communities is part of the organization’s DNA. “Since our inception during the tumultuous 1960’s, ABCD has blazed a trail in every aspect of anti-poverty and social justice work in Greater Boston,” she said. “Society is once again at a tipping point. This crucial conversation between leaders and advocates who use their platforms to forward the dialogue about social issues is vital, and it will bolster our 2023 Community Heroes who are on the frontlines making a difference in communities throughout Greater Boston and the Mystic Valley.”  Scott-Chandler continued, “I am proud and honored to recognize all of our 2023 Community Heroes. ABCD doesn’t do this alone. Collaboration and community are at the core of our work and beliefs.”