Boston Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy and Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross to be honored at Boston Area Church League Awards Luncheon

September 6, 2018
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The 16th Annual Boston Area Church League (BACL) Awards Luncheon will be held on Friday, September 7 at the Hilton Boston Back Bay.  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).  Borne out of the vision of John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino in 2002, BACL has thrived thanks to the program’s founder Frank Jordan.  “Frank’s ability to create strategic alliances with city government, law enforcement officials, the business community, the non-profit foundation world, and Boston’s ministers and faith-based organizations has been the secret sauce that’s led to BACL’s success,” said BACL Chairman Pat Moscaritolo. “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.”

At the September 7 awards ceremony, Boston Red Sox President & CEO Sam Kennedy will be honored with the Ted Williams Home Run for Humanity Award, while Boston Police Department Commissioner William G. Gross will be recognized with the Jim Rice Hall of Fame Award.  Other honorees will include the 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, MA Office of Travel & Tourism Executive Director Francois-Laurent Nivaud, and GBCVB President & CEO Pat Moscaritolo.

Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Bekah Splaine Salwasser will attend the awards luncheon, as will YMCA CEO Jim Morton.  Representing the Red Sox will be Larry Cancro, Dave Friedman, and Troup Parkinson.  Public officials expected to attend include City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, State Representative Chynah Tyler, Suffolk County Sheriff Stephen Tompkins, and Boston’s Director of Tourism, Sports & Entertainment Ken Brissette.