North End Community Hero to be Honored

at 36th Annual ABCD Community Awards Dinner, October 29

Victoria Reggie Kennedy to Keynote

FOX25 News Reporter Nicole Jacobs to Emcee

Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau’s ,

Pat Moscaritolo Chairs “Friends Committee

Rebecca_Mattson_North_End_West_End_NSCNorth End community hero Rebecca Mattson is among 28 honored for their contributions to the community at the Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) 36th Annual Community Awards Dinner on Friday, October 29 at the Seaport World Trade Center. The dinner celebrates the voluntary efforts of individuals who work tirelessly to address and placate the plight of Boston’s underprivileged communities through voluntary leadership and service.

The North End/West End NSC acknowledges Rebecca Mattson for devoting her time, energy and talents to bettering the welfare of those less fortunate.

Until earlier this year, Rebecca was the Chief Operating Officer of Raymond Property Company in Boston. During her tenure, she was involved in numerous high-profile redevelopment projects, including the Boston Garden and Trinity Place in Copley Square. Having established herself as a reputable manager, she recently struck out on her own, currently developing innovative artist live/work housing in Lowell.

Impressed by the large impact the North End NSC has in the community, quietly out of sight of the many visitors that stream into the neighborhood, Rebecca was inspired to be a part of their efforts to help those in need. Despite a demanding career and young family, she is extraordinarily generous with her time, serving as a special member of the organization’s advisory board. She brings a repertoire of professional skills to the benefit of the agency and they people they serve.  Particularly deft in marketing, she quickly established herself as vital asset to the team, currently leading their fundraising efforts. Thanks to her vision, the NSC recently launched a new development campaign targeting new sources of revenue to off-set dwindling federal resources.

“Rebecca is such a warm and giving person, with a heart of gold,” says Lia Tota, Director of the North End/West End NSC. “Her days are amazingly full yet she still manages to find time for our community. Her boundless energy is an incredible motivator for me and my staff.”

In addition to her work with the NSC, Rebecca lends her talent to her home community and is active with the Wayland Economic Development Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Master of City Planning degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Victoria Reggie Kennedy to Address Dinner Attendees

A special keynote address will be given by Victoria Reggie Kennedy – known to all America as “Vicki,” the widow of the beloved longtime U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, often called the “Champion of the Poor” and a tireless advocate for all ABCD programs and initiatives that promote opportunity and social justice to disadvantaged children and families.

More on the Dinner:

The 2010 ABCD Community Awards Dinner is being emceed by FOX25 news reporter Nicole Jacobs, with special guest appearances by FOX25 anchors and longtime ABCD friends Maria Stephanos and Mark Ockerbloom.

Friends Committee Chair Pat Moscaritolo is President/CEO at the Greater Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

About ABCD:

ABCD serves more than 80,000 low-income Boston-area residents through its central offices and a decentralized network of Neighborhood Service Centers (NSCs), Head Start centers, Family Planning sites and Foster Grandparent sites. Programs and affiliations include Fuel Assistance; Head Start; Child Care Services; Child Care Choices of Boston; Education; Career Development; Housing and Homelessness Services; Health Services; Family Planning; Urban College of Boston; University High – an Alternative High School; Ostiguy High School for high school students in recovery; Weatherization; Foster Grandparents; Elder Services; Intergenerational Programs; Food Pantries in several Boston neighborhoods; management of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COBECC) and City of Boston Employees Charitable Campaign (COBECC); advocacy and consumer services.

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