Leslie Odom Jr. of Broadway’s Hamilton Headlines ABCD’s Gala

    Will induct NBA Coach Doc Rivers into the ABCD Hall of Fame


    Action for Boston Community Development will once again dedicate an evening of reverence, reflection and festivity to honor several outstanding unsung heroes – volunteers who uplift their communities by helping children, adults, elders and families overcome the oppression and struggles of poverty.


    The annual gala will feature guest speaker and award-winning performer Leslie Odom Jr. on Friday, October 26th, at Boston Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Ave, Boston. The evening kicks off with a Social Hour at 6 p.m., and the Dinner Program at 7 p.m.


    Together we have strength. Together we can strive for more. Together we can better overcome any obstacle and achieve success. No matter our individual challenges or difference, as friends and neighbors, we are In It Together!


    This year, ABCD honors NBA Coach Doc Rivers as the co-founder of ABCD Hoop Dreams – our signature basketball tournament fundraiser for ABCD youth services & educational initiatives, including WorkSMART and SummerWorks. Since its inception in 2011,


    The event will be hosted by WCVB-TV Chronicle’s Shayna Seymour and will include a special invocation by Rev. Liz Walker, Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church.

    With a mission to help those in need transition from poverty to stability to success – through advocacy and collaboration with local leaders, politicians, businesses, and of course the humble heroes among us – ABCD provides a ladder upward to overcome seemingly insurmountable barriers.


    The Gala will pay special tribute to peace activist, Chaplain Clementina “Tina” M. Chéry, founder of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, and to ABCD’s longtime partner and friend, Sam Nagler, Esq. Support for the evening is possible thanks to the ABCD Friends Committee, led by event chair Amy Latimer, President of TD Garden, a key sponsor of ABCD Hoop Dreams, which has helped raise over $500,000 for youth programs, including ABCD SummerWorks.


    The high point of the event, ABCD will recognize 20 outstanding community heroes for their selfless contributions of time, energy and compassion! Among them is Marie Laundry, nominated by ABCD South Boston Action Center.