Boston Celtics and Mass. State Lottery Honor ’Heroes’ for Extraordinary Deeds At Special State House Ceremony
CBS4 Anchor Jack Williams, State Treasurer Tim Cahill, State Auditor Joseph DeNucci and Celtics guard Tony Allen recognize Heroes Among Us honorees at the Great Hall
BOSTON (June 26, 2006) - The Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Lottery honored their 2005-06 Heroes Among Us recipients at a State House ceremony today. The ceremony was attended by politicians, community leaders and athletes, recognizing extraordinary deeds that ranged from saving lives to bettering the lives of the less fortunate.
The honorees were recognized by keynote speaker and CBS4 Anchor Jack Williams, Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill, Massachusetts State Auditor Joseph DeNucci and Celtics guard Tony Allen before a group of more than 200 invited guests.
"The Heroes Among Us program shows that heroes come from all walks of life and all professions," Cahill said. "The Lottery is proud to help the Celtics recognize all of these amazing individuals for their great contributions to our society. These men, women and children are truly an inspiration and we are overjoyed to be involved with this remarkable program."
"I commend the Boston Celtics for instituting and promoting this meaningful program - the Heroes Among Us," DeNucci said. "It shows their commitment to the community by giving well-deserved recognition to people who should be in the spotlight and also by attempting to motivate others to follow their fine example."
The heroes, each of whom was recognized at a Celtics home game during the season, were called to the stage individually to receive congratulations from Williams, Cahill, DeNucci, Allen and others. DeNucci read a citation from the state officially declaring it Massachusetts Heroes Among Us Day. The heroes also received a certificate signifying that U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who was unable to attend the event, had read their name into the Congressional Record in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Other attendees included Steve Pagliuca, Managing Partner for the Celtics, Julie Kahn, Vice President and Market Manager of Entercom Boston and David Woodman, General Manager of Fox Sports Net New England.
The Heroes Among Us award, established by the Celtics nine years ago, recognizes outstanding individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to their communities. Their achievements include individual acts of courage, saving lives, sacrificing for others, overcoming obstacles to achieve their goals, and a lifelong commitment to enhancing the lives of others. More than 400 individuals have been honored since the inception of the program.
"These people have worked hard to better the lives of everyone in their community," Allen said. "There are so many amazing stories between them and I am thrilled to honor the contributions of these true heroes."
Heroes Among Us honorees for the 2005-06 season included: Bill Driscoll, Jr. of Milton;Captain Bob DeFlaminis of Franklin; Sergeant Jim Flaherty of Quincy; Michael Rodrigues Hopedale; Nick Prefontaine of Shrewsbury; Chiara Arcidy of Bedford; Dr. Sam Nosike of Watertown; Brendan and Kelley McDonough of North Chelmsford; Principal Bill Henderson and the Patrick O'Hearn Elementary School of Dorchester; Carrie Larson of Bedford; Brian Russell of Merrimack, NH; Dr. Peter Raffalli of North Andover; Bob Manger of Scituate; Jay Blake of Marston Mills; Jane Smith of Shrewsbury; Adam Roberge of East Kingston, NH; Stuart Molk of Danvers; Ron Bell of Milton; Marie Poulin of Quincy; David Russell of Ipswich; Ryan Curtis of Lynn; Alex Ingoglia of Malden; Matthew Scibeli of Malden; Brian Short of Medford; Mirelle Manzone of Dover; David and Stephanie Dodson of Weston; Anthony Fiorino of East Boston; Josh Algarin of Holbrook; Georgiana Melendez of Peabody; Reverend William Dickerson of Dorchester; Theresa Reilly of Roslindale; Members of the Original Tuskegee Airmen: Luther McIlwain of Methuen and James Sheppard of Portland, ME; Dean Levy of Marshfield; Sean McDonough of North Quincy; Sarah Fader of Ipswich; Suzanne Wintle of Weston; Tiesha Hughes of Boston; Stan Kosloski of Cromwell, CT; Ron Goodman of Quincy; Theresa Lynn of Jamaica Plain; Denise Carriere of Andover; Mark Mitchell of West Springfield; Donna Tardif of Freeport, ME; Lieutenant Jim Meeks of Chestnut Hill and Donna Fournier Cuomo of North Andover.
The Heroes Among Us program, created by the Celtics prior to the 1997-98 season, is sponsored by the Massachusetts State Lottery and supported by Fox Sports Net New England and WRKO-AM.