Heroes Among Us - February 2006

New England is home to many individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on our community, positively affecting the lives of others. For the seventh season, the Boston Celtics will recognize an individual or individuals at each home game who have made a special contribution.

Here are the February 2006 Heroes Among Us:

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery represented here by Carol Whitehead.

February 1, 2006
Georgianna Melendez

As executive director of Casa Myrna Vasquez, Georgianna leads New Englandís most comprehensive service provider for victims of domestic violence. Under her leadership, this agency reaches more than 20,000 abused women and their children each year.

With 12 years of experience in this sector, Georgianna is highly regarded for her vision and ability to educate diverse audiences on the impact of domestic violence. She created the first hotline training program at Casa Myrna Vasquez. She has also developed a curriculum that trains outreach educators how to discuss sexual assault and domestic violence in a sensitive and effective manner.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

February 3, 2006
Reverend William Dickerson

Reverend Dickerson is one of Greater Boston's most influential, socially active and innovative pastors. In 1989, he founded the Greater Love Tabernacle Church, which has grown into a multifaceted ministry that is helping patients in hospitals and nursing homes; while also working with gang members and prison inmates.

Reverend Dickerson is responsible for creating an effective model which fosters collaboration between area churches and human service agencies. He is one of the biggest advocates in the fight to curb gang violence in the city of Boston.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

February 10, 2006
Theresa Reilly

For the past 19 years, Theresa has been volunteering for the Samaritans, an organization whose purpose is to alleviate despair, isolation, and distress 24 hours a day; while also educating the public about suicide prevention.

Theresa has answered more than 5,000 calls to the 24 hour hotline. She listens to each call with great compassion, care, and without judgment. Theresa has heard back from some of the individuals she spoke with, and has come to realize that not only has she made a difference, but also helped saved their lives!





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

February 15, 2006
Luther McIlwain and James Sheppard

Tonight, the Celtics are pleased to recognize two original Tuskegee Airmen!

As part of the Boston Celtics' celebration of Black History month, we are honored to welcome America's first black pilots, bombardiers, navigators and support personnel who trained and fought during World War II. The world-renowned "Tuskegee Airmen" are the most exceptional military aviators who distinguished themselves in combat, flying numerous bomber escort missions in the European theatre from 1944 through 1946 without losing any bombers to enemy attack.

These American heroes successfully fought two wars - a battle against enemy attack overseas, and a battle at home to integrate the armed forces. The airmen's heroic, successful and persistent fight pioneered civil rights before the Civil Rights Movement ignited in the mid-1950's.



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