Celtics, Old Mutual Team Up at Rosie's Place
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics and Old Mutual Asset Management (OMAM) joined forces for the second consecutive year to give back to the community. With thousands of homeless Bostonians this holiday season, members of both staffs helped to prepare and serve lunch to guests of Rosie’s Place, a safe haven for poor and homeless women. Throughout a week, volunteers provided a healthy, nutritious meal to 150 women and children.
Additionally, the two companies held a friendly competition to see which could donate the most canned goods to Rosie’s Place. While the numbers were extremely close, the Celtics were able to edge OMAM. Most importantly, Rosie’s Place received 10,000 non-perishable food items to help the women and children they serve daily.
Friday marked the culmination of the week-long service. Members of both the Celtics and OMAM staff prepared lunch and Celtics President Rich Gotham, Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell, and OMAM Executives Linda Gibson and Steve Belgrad all served the meal.
“We’re really proud to be partnering with Old Mutual, a company that shares our values in getting out there in the community and giving back to the people who are most in need,” said Gotham. “We’re extremely excited to be here today. The Celtics as an organization make community service and volunteerism a big part of our culture. This week we’ve helped serve a lot of guests of Rosie’s Place and that’s been great.”
The day was a success judging from the smiling faces of the guests, as Maxwell mingled with the ladies and posed for photos.
“It’s been a pleasure today helping to serve these ladies food,” remarked Maxwell. “Old Mutual and the Celtics teamed up together and it’s been a great response. I’ve had a lot of fun today giving back. It’s always about giving back and the Celtics and Old Mutual have done a great job this week.”
While the week helped to serve hundreds in need, both the Celtics and OMAM know that volunteering should take place throughout the year in addition to the holiday season.
“OMAM has made it a priority to support women and families in the Boston community in need of assistance. Our continued partnership with the Celtics and Rosie’s Place has allowed us to make a real difference,” said Gibson. “Our commitment to the community is year-round.”