Boston Celtics and Mass. State Lottery Honor ’Heroes’ for Extraordinary Deeds at Special State House Ceremony
State Treasurer Tim Cahill, State Auditor Joseph DeNucci and Celtics guard Tony Allen Recognize Heroes Among Us Honorees at the Great Hall
BOSTON (August 1, 2007) - The Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Lottery honored their 2006-07 Heroes Among Us recipients at a State House ceremony today. The ceremony was attended by government officials, 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 Celtics guard Tony Allen, Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill, Massachusetts State Auditor Joseph DeNucci, and Celtics co-owner Bob Epstein before a group of more than 200 invited guests. Celtics legend JoJo White served as keynote speaker for the ceremony.
"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 individuals for their great contributions to our society. These men, women and children are truly an inspiration and we are honored 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 everyday 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 Allen, Cahill, DeNucci, White, Epstein 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 had read their name into the Congressional Record in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Other attendees included Master of Ceremonies, Mike Gorman, 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.
Tony Allen, co-owner Bob Epstein and legend JoJo White represented the Celtics at the State House alongside Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill and Massachusetts State Auditor Joseph DeNucci.
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"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 2006-07 season included: Arnold "Red" Auerbach (Boston, MA), Ayman Kafel (Sharon, MA), David Youngerman (Hudson, MA), Catherine Pisacane (Hopedale, MA),
Helen Ford (Cambridge, MA), Eric Christopher (Melrose, MA), Lawanda Myrick (Dorchester, MA), Lynn Dadekian (Worcester, MA), Robbie and Brittany Bergquist (Norwell, MA), Corp. Gregory M. Chartier (East Templeton, MA), Brian Binette (Saco, ME), Clementina Chery (Dorchester, MA), Benjamin Smith (Springfield, MA), Alan Borgal (Boston, MA), Dick Arieta (Kingston, MA), Dante Carroccia (Johnston, RI), Helen Lamb (Boston, MA), Seth Lampert (Sudbury, MA), Kevin Sullivan (Carver, MA), Jennifer Putnam (Wellesley, MA), Danny Vierra (Somerville, MA), Brooke Rallis (Hampton, NH), Marilyn Smith (Medford, MA), Eric Weihenmayer (Amelia Island, FL), Rob McCormick (Norton, MA), Cheryl Durant (Mattapan, MA), Jason Schappert (Lakeville, MA), Ralph Marche (Tewksbury, MA), Anthony Santilli (Woburn, MA), Carla Lynton (Brookline, MA), Michael Dennehy (Newton, MA), Stefan Nathanson (Newton, MA), Dylan DeSilva (Brewster, MA), John Duffy (Winchester, MA), John Gonsalves (Taunton, MA), Sean Cronk (Everett, MA), Kevin Whalen (Danvers, MA), Officer Michael Briggs (Manchester, NH), Rick Phelps (Hanson, MA), Kathy Savage (Revere, MA), Billy Starr (Needham, MA), Deborah Weaver (Cambridge, MA).
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.