Pierce and Davis Give Thanks
The holidays are a time for family and peaceful reflection - a time that the Boston Celtics were able to enjoy with family and friends, while also giving back to the New England community.
Celtics captain Paul Pierce spent his Thanksgiving holiday having a nice dinner with his mother and members of his family, along with almost 300 people invited from various community groups in the Boston-area. For the second consecutive year, Pierce hosted an elegant buffet and sit-down dinner for single mothers and their families - an event he created as a way to honor his own mother and all that she has done for him.
"As someone who was raised by a single mother, I know the challenges these families face," Pierce explains. "The holidays can be especially difficult, so for me to be able to help these mothers and their families out is something I take great pride in. My mother has always been the most important person in my life, and I am happy that I have been able to honor her by creating this event."
Families were treated to a dinner of traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and vegetables along with prime rib, chicken, ham and other various side dishes at the Marriott Boston Copley Place. A complete dessert spread was available, including pumpkin and apple pies, as well as fresh fruit. While they dined, the families were treated to jazz music courtesy of Tony Vaughn and the Rollins Ross Trio. In addition, each family received tickets to attend an upcoming Celtics game, courtesy of Pierce and his foundation, The Truth Fund.
Pierce was joined at the event by several teammates who ate with the families and mingled with the guests, including Kendrick Perkins, Justin Reed and rookies Gerald Green and Orien Greene. Fans received autographs from Pierce and his teammates, and one lucky little boy won an alternate road jersey, signed by Pierce.
"I am so proud of Paul for doing this event," said Pierce's mother. "It is wonderful that he is in a position to do something like this, and I am honored that he chose to do this for these families. I am so glad I was able to come to Boston and experience this evening with him and everyone else."
Pierce wasn't the only Celtic who reached out to the community during Thanksgiving, as forward Ricky Davis and his fiancee Vanessa Ramirez, helped make the holiday a little more complete for hundreds of families in Roxbury, MA.
On Saturday, November 19th, Davis and Ramirez distributed more than 300 turkeys, along with sodas donated by The Pepsi Bottling Company, Inc. and tickets to an upcoming Celtics game, courtesy of Davis. Davis partnered with the Roxbury YMCA and their "No Books No Ball" program to help distribute the turkeys to families in need.
"I am glad that I am in a position to go into the community and help those less fortunate," Davis explained. "I always enjoy going out into the community to help the fans, especially around the holiday season."
Davis and Ramirez spent more than an hour and a half distributing the turkeys and wishing fans a happy holiday. While this is the first turkey giveaway Davis has hosted, he hopes it won't be his last.
"I know how important it is for us to give back to the fans, and help those in need," Davis admitted. "This was a great experience for us, and I know it won't be the last event we host to help the Boston-area community."