Oct 28, 2011: Markey Congratulates ABCD Hall of Fame Inductees

Boston, MA -- Congressman Ed Markey congratulated the Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Hall of Fame Inductees.  This year, ABCD inducted Boston Globe Sportswriter Bob Ryan, Former State Representative Mel King and the late Melnea Cass into their Hall of Fame.  These three great Bostonians were honored at ABCD’s Annual Community Awards Dinner, which was held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.  Doc Rivers, head coach of the Boston Celtics, also spoke at the event.

"From providing heat for those in need during New England’s long, cold winters to delivering job training to those who need work, ABCD is the critical bridge from poverty to self-sustainability. I am honored to recognize ABCD's invaluable work and to honor these award winners who have given so much to making sure our society provides for those who have too little," said Rep. Markey.

Each year, ABCD honors those community leaders whose inspirational deeds help to build a better Boston. These are men and women who volunteer with children and older people, who attend community meetings and provide critical input on important neighborhood issues. These volunteers are the heart and soul of life in Boston's neighborhoods. They make this city work.

ABCD has provided basic services and innovative programs that help empower individuals, families, and communities in Boston to overcome poverty, live with dignity, and achieve their full potential.  ABCD is Boston's antipoverty agency, serving more than 94,000 low-income Greater Boston residents through its city-wide network of neighborhood-based organizations. ABCD provides innovative, timely programs that promote upward mobility and a higher quality of life for people and communities.  This year is the 50th anniversary of ABCD.

From left to right: Head Coach of the Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers; Boston Globe Sports Writer, Bob Ryan; Former State Representative, Mel King; Rep. Ed Markey; ABCD President & CEO, John Drew