SUPREME Celebration: Mary Wilson’s “Stop in the Name of Love” gets some help on stage from Kathleen West, John J. Drew and a small Supreme to be…
John J. Drew with Don Law, President, Live Nation New England, who received an ABCD Special Award for service to the community.
ABCD Rocks Boston, Celebrates Volunteers, Supporters at 2014 Events
The Supreme’s Mary Wilson, Danny Glover and The Roots shake up the town
ABCD applauded 17 community volunteers and honored neighborhood activists and corporate supporters at two 2014 events.
September’s Community Awards Dinner raised the rafters as the Supreme’s Mary Wilson had 800 guests dancing in the aisles and on stage with her. Renowned community activists Sarah Ann Shaw and Hubie Jones were inducted into the ABCD Hall of Fame with emcee Karen Holmes Ward orchestrating the festivities.
In November, actor/humanitarian Danny Glover joined emcee Bianca De La Garza for an on-stage chat and The Roots flew in from their Tonight Show taping to entertain in pure New York knock ‘em out style. Don Law, President, Live Nation New England and the Boston Red Sox were honored for their significant contributions to the Boston-area community and people in need. ABCD thanks AJ Williams and the many staff and supporters who made the “Gala” a huge success! ABCD also thanks long-time supporter Fred Bertino, President, MMB, who is providing a pro bono rebranding campaign for the organization.
The ROOTS reign at ABCD’s GALA.
Actor/humanitarian Danny Glover takes a selfie with his new best friends.
ABCD Business Advisory Council
In 2013 ABCD’s President/CEO John J. Drew and Government/Industrial Relations Director Bob Elias created the ABCD Business Advisory Council to increase awareness in the business community of ABCD’s key role in combating poverty and fostering economic development in Boston and beyond. BAC members played a key advisory and hands-on role in several ABCD special events. ABCD expresses its sincere appreciation for their dedication and significant assistance in enhancing ABCD’s fundraising capability and success.
BAC members are: A. Sherrod Blakely, Ernie Joseph, Paul Leyden, Pat Moscaritolo, Larry Moulter, Colette Phillips, Howard Wayne, John Riordan, Geri Denterlein, AJ Williams and Joe Dalton, BAC Chairperson.
Announcing $335,000 raised at the 18th Annual Field of Dreams fundraiser to provide summer jobs for inner-city teens are (l-r): John Sasso, Bob Elias, John J. Drew, Bob Ryan, Lew Eisenberg, Sharon Scott-Chandler, John McGahan, Mayor Marty Walsh, Maria Stephanos, Mark Ockerbloom, Larry Lucchino, and Wally the Green Monster.
Field of Dreams
ABCD’s 18th annual softball benefit at Fenway Park hit another home run for inner-city kids with $335,000 raised for the 2015 ABCD SummerWorks program! ABCD thanks the Boston Red Sox for their ongoing commitment to this important cause as well as the enthusiastic corporate teams and sponsors who support the event. Over the years, more than $3 million has been raised at Field of Dreams.
ABCD extends its deepest appreciation to the Boston Red Sox ownership – John Henry, Tom Werner and President/CEO Larry Lucchino, for teaming up with ABCD once again to help strike out poverty in Boston. We also thank several members of the Red Sox community: Sam Kennedy, Dr. Charles Steinberg; Donna Latson-Gittens, Causemedia, Inc.; Larry Cancro, and Sheri Rosenberg. From Fox25 News we thank anchors Maria Stephanos and Mark Ockerbloom. ABCD was honored to welcome City of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to Field of Dreams along with SummerWorks alum Felix Arroyo, Chief of Health and Human Services, City of Boston. We thank our fabulous sponsors and in-kind supporters and all of the fantastic volunteers, who helped make the event a huge success.
Field of Dreams is made possible through the dedication of ABCD longtime friends and FOD Committee Chairmen Lew Eisenberg of Cosgrove, Eisenberg & Kiley, and John Sasso of Advanced Strategies.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh speaks at ABCD Field of Dreams fundraiser.
Yellow Team has it! Accepting the trophy after heated 3-point celebrity-packed contest at ABCD Hoop Dreams fundraiser are (l-r): Boston Superintendent of Schools Tommy Chang, BPS student Emayra Sanchez, ABCD’s Sharon Scott-Chandler, Governor Charlie Baker, BPS Principal Leader Anthony Pope, TD Garden President Amy Latimer, John J. Drew, Bob Ryan, Attorney General Maura Healey, and LA Clippers Coach Doc Rivers.
For almost 20 years, ABCD has managed three major public sector payroll deduction fundraising campaigns – the Eastern Massachusetts Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COMECC), and City of Boston Employees Charitable Campaign (COBECC). Working closely with federal, state and city governments, ABCD provides management services including materials production, fiscal administration, marketing and special events coordination for the campaigns.
The campaigns reach out to more than 100,000 federal, state and city employees. In the 2014 campaigns, Eastern Massachusetts CFC raised $1.38 million, COMECC raised $950,000 and COBECC raised $239,000, all to benefit the more than 3,000 non-profit organizations that participate in the campaigns.