Community Work Services Honors Boston’s Brightest Champions Who Make a Difference

On Thursday, May 9, Community Work Services (CWS), one of Boston’s most venerable non-profit organizations dedicated to helping put people who face barriers to work, will be honoring five of Boston’s most accomplished champions who have contributed their extraordinary energy, resources, and talents to making the city—and the region—a place where lives and communities are forever transformed for the better.

“The City of Champions gala is the brightest spot of our year,” said Craig Stenning, Executive Director of CWS. “The individuals we honor that night live on the front lines of leadership, and their work and contributions have shaped the city in uniquely powerful and positive ways. These honorees stand with us at CWS as we work to fulfill our mission of creating opportunities for those who historically have not had access to competitive work.”

The gala will be held at the Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge. Hosted by Master of Ceremonies Erika Tarantal (Emmy Award Winning Journalist, WCVB Channel 5), CWS will honor:

“As a writer, I am drawn to stories about empowerment and inspiration,” said honoree Casey Sherman. “Community Work Services’ mission to educate, elevate and train others is one that not only inspires me, but gives me hope that everyone regardless of their background will have an opportunity to succeed and excel.”

Our relationship with Community Works Services highlights the unique, real life work place experiences that they provide,” said honoree Amy Latimer, president of TD Garden. “These experiences not only impact the lives of the people that CWS serves, but enriches the lives of TD Garden associates working alongside them by fostering inclusion, mentorship, and the importance of supporting our community.”

“No one will leave this evening unchanged,” said Mr. Stenning. “They will leave inspired and moved by the achievements and stories of our honorees and of the individuals we serve here at CWS. Each one of our honorees has a biography that reflects their dedication and commitment to innovation and to creating a thriving, healthy city where equality and opportunity are part of an overall vision for every single citizen. I look forward to highlighting the accomplishments of each one of our champions. It will be a night to remember, that’s for sure.”

The City of Champions gala will include a cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. before the awards dinner, which begins at 7 p.m. The leading underwriters of the event include Bank of America, Appleton Partners, Marble Harbor Investments, Star Market, and Imprint Marketing.

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