The Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Lottery honored their 2015-16 Heroes Among Us recipients at a State House ceremony today. The ceremony was attended by government officials, community leaders and professional athletes, recognizing extraordinary deeds that ranged from saving lives to bettering the lives of the less fortunate.
The honorees were recognized by Celtics Co-Owner Bob Epstein, Boston Celtics Forward Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics Assistant Coach Walter McCarty, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Charlie Baker, and Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Deborah Goldberg before a group of more than 150 invited guests. Celtics Public Address Announcer Eddie Palladino was the emcee for the ceremony.
“I am honored to be here today to help celebrate the achievements of the 2015-16 Heroes Among Us,” said Celtics Co-Owner Bob Epstein. “Each hero inspires us to continue improving the lives of others and our communities.”
“Through their collective commitment, perseverance and selflessness, these outstanding citizens of the Commonwealth are an inspiration to us all,” said Treasurer Goldberg. “It is an honor to join in celebrating these true heroes who make our community a better place.”
The heroes, each of whom were celebrated at a Celtics home game during the season, were recognized during a video presentation before being introduced individually.
“Our fans always cheer for the team, but the loudest cheer of the night is always for the hero that is being recognized,” said Olynyk. “It is an honor to be here to help celebrate them.”
Heroes Among Us honorees for the 2015-16 season included: Caitlin Pestana, Rusty Sullivan, Harry Blumenthal, Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, Peter Connell, Greg Holt, Mark Leary, Molly McGaffigan, Alfred Rivera, Keith McDermott, Mike Wood, Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, Aaron Miller, Sue Dahling Sullivan, Hugh Coleman, Tori Faieta, Tim Morris, Lou Pasquale, Tom Chafe, Yaakov Horwath, Kalsie King, Marquis Taylor, Carmen Nieves-Flores, Oswald Benoit, Chuck Cooper, Sue and Frank Genovese, U.S. Coast Guardsmen Matthew Achey, Thomas Ciarametaro and John Hollerbach, Michele Blanchard, Ray Tamasi, Arnie Harris, Matt Brown, Adnan Khera, Amie LeBouef, Jayd Rodrigues, Dominic Marcellino, Connor Flanagan, Rob Hale, Gillian Reny, Marco Cazarin, Sydney and Hayden Darragh, Adrianne Haslet, Ryan McGuire and Dic Donohue.
The Heroes Among Us program, created by the Celtics prior to the 1997-98 season, is sponsored by the Massachusetts State Lottery and supported by Comcast SportsNet New England and 98.5 The SportsHub.
Nominations for the Heroes Among Us Award can be mailed to:
Heroes Among Us Award
c/o The Boston Celtics
226 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114