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Work of Roxbury Y, legacy of MLK to be honored at annual benefit

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  January 11, 2012 01:55 PM

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Community leaders, police, and politicians will honor the work of the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Roxbury Y during the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast fund-raiser Friday.

Event organizers say they hope the breakfast, held at the Y, will raise $10,000 to support programs at the community center located along a Roxbury boulevard named after Dr. King, whose legacy and values will be celebrated at this week’s gathering.

Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral will be the keynote speaker. Also scheduled to speak are Robert Lewis Jr. of the Boston Foundation and Dana Rogers, a Roxbury resident who lost 300 pounds through exercise and healthy living programs offered at the Y, event organizers said.

Sarah-Ann Shaw, Roxbury native, former WBZ-TV reporter, and community activist, will host the event scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Among the 200 guests expected to attend will be Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, at-large city councilors Ayanna Pressley and Felix Arroyo, state Representative Liz Malia and Gloria Fox and YMCA of Greater Boston CEO Kevin Washington, Y officials said.

Money raised from the event will allow the Y, which does not turn any one way because they cannot pay, to remain accessible to all, organizers said.

“We are part of a great network of community services in Roxbury, but the Y is truly the one place that is for everyone, from infants to seniors,” Roxbury Y director May Vaughn said in a statement. “We depend on fundraising to continue these services.”

In addition, the Y announced recently that it is reducing fees for adults, families and seniors, including adding a new young adult category for those age 18 to 29.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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