Great Work Recognized: Commissioner's Commendations Awarded To Generous Community Partners

A Commissioner’s Commendation was presented to Bill Mayer and Matt McQuaid from Wells Fargo, Mark Roopenian from Normandy Properties and Mitch Modell of Modell’s Sporting Goods for their support that they have given to create change within the Lenox-Camden Housing Development and the creation of the Julia E. Butler Youth and Family Center in the South End/Lower Roxbury.

The Julia Butler Youth and Family Center is part of a community building initiative that will provide programs for local youth and families while supporting the improved public safety and well-being for all residents of Lenox-Camden.  The Center’s focus is to connect local youth with opportunities within the community and provide a positive place for them to engage in education and social programming.  The program serves 50-60 kids every day after school and the number doubles in the summer. 

Wells Fargo has been the lead supporter of the youth program and center beginning with an idea about 3 years ago.  Besides writing a very generous check, Matt and Bill have done numerous staff challenges and found creative ways to raise funds to support the center.  Matt and Bill both ran this year’s Boston Marathon and have contributed all of their fund-raising dollars to the center.  Additionally they have organized a company-wide day of service which prepared the center for its grand opening this past winter.

Mark Roopenian is CEO of Normandy Properties and has donated so generously to the center and for the programming.  He provided funding at Christmas time so over 50 kids could enjoy a nice holiday get together with a gift.

Mitch Modell is always just a phone call away.  The kids at Lenox are heavily involved in sports including soccer, baseball and swimming and whenever there is a need for equipment or properly outfitting these kids he is there.  He will also be supporting a new flag football league this year.

Thank you for your commitment to the community and to the people we serve.