Boston Area Church League Awards Honor Tourism, Sports & Business Leaders

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Last week, business, government and sports leaders from greater Boston gathered for the 16th Annual Boston Area Church League (BACL) Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Boston Back Bay. Honorees included Boston Red Sox President & CEO Sam Kennedy, who received the Ted Williams Home Run for Humanity Award and Boston Police Department Commissioner William G. Gross, who received the Jim Rice Hall of Fame Award.

Formed in 2002, BACL provides life enrichment services to youth at risk, utilizing key community partnerships and providing alternative out of school time programs that promote positive youth development, according to program founder Frank Jordan. BACL is a partnership between the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation, the Boston Police Department, Boston Parks & Recreation, the City of Boston, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, YMCA, and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB).

Other honorees at the Awards Luncheon included President & Vice Chairman of Eastern Bank, Quincy Miller; GBCVB Senior VP of Sales Beth Stehley; Red Sox VP of Community, Alumni and Player Relations Pam Kenn; volunteer director Jerome Frazier; Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook; Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Executive Director Francois-Laurent Nivaud; and GBCVB President & CEO Pat Moscaritolo.

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Francois-Laurent Nivaud (left) receives award from Tom Kershaw

Moscaritolo, BACL chairman, said, “The lessons of hard work and teamwork brought to life by the game of baseball is cultivating tomorrow’s leaders and over the past 16 years has made a significant difference in our community. More than 300 kids each year benefit from BACL programs, with over 100 coaches and volunteers playing critical roles.”

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