Four Dot, Mattapan residents among ‘heroes’ at ABCD dinner

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) will honor 22 “community heroes” — including four people connected to Dorchester and Mattapan—at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on Thursday, November 9.

The celebration honors everyday heroes that provide the tools and resources needed for low-income Bostonians to transition from poverty to stability.

Nicole Purvis of the Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center, Viola Clay of Harbor Point and Project Care & Concern, Sahar Lawrence of Roxbury/ Dorchester Neighborhood Opportunity Center, and Lincoln Larmond of the Mattapan Family Service Center are among the honorees.

US Senator Edward J. Markey and Massachusetts State Representative Byron Rushing will be inducted into the ABCD Hall of Fame. Former UMass Boston Chancellor Dr. J. Keith Motley will be given a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other community volunteers receiving recognition are Anthony D’Isidoro, Allston/Brighton; Peter Ng, Asian American Civic Association; Veronica Robles, East Boston; Jian Kun Huang, Elder Services; Commissioner Joseph Finn, Youth Services; Courtney Wright, Parker Hill/Fenway; Christine McWayne, PhD, Head Start; Sannisha K. Dale, PhD, Edm; Bisola Ojikutu, MD, MPH; Valerie E. Stone, MD, MPH, Health Services; Kim Mahoney, John F. Kennedy Center; Leonard Lacy, Jamaica Plain APAC/Citywide Boston Hispanic Center; Helen F. Bender, North End/West End; Kristina Bennett, South End; Beatrice Busby, Women’s Service Club of Boston; Karen Colon Hayes & Steve Supino, Mystic Valley; and Lumina Mathurin, South Boston.

ABCD’s Community Heroes Celebration – “The Heart of Humanity” – kicks off with a social hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. along with musical performances and featured speaker Michael Tubbs, the 27-year-old mayor of Stockton, California.

For further information, contact Amelia Aubourg at 617-348-6238 or, or visit