On Tuesday night, Kendall Press joined nearly 1,000 of our closest friends, and host/presenter Eastern Bank, to honor Mayor Tom Menino with the 2013 Wainwright Social Justice Award in recognition of the powerful work he’s done to strengthen the Greater Boston community through workforce development and job skills training.
In his acceptance, Mayor Menino shared that the motivating question he has used to focus his actions all these years is, “What have you accomplished in your career?” He emphasized the diversity of Boston and the city’s strong commitment to its people and its businesses as key driving forces behind the region’s continued success during his unprecedented tenure as Mayor. He was also gracious throughout the evening, staying to pose for pictures with everyone who wanted…and there was no shortage of people embracing the opportunity to shake the hand of a man who has dedicated decades of his life to the betterment of our city before he steps down from office.
The gentleman responsible for creating the Wainwright Social Justice Award, founder of Wainwright Bank Bob Glassman, should be satisfied with his own answer to Mayor Menino’s introspective question of professional accomplishment. So should the men carrying on the award’s tradition, Eastern Bank’s Chairman and CEO, Richard Holbrook, and its President, Bob Rivers.
Prior to being bought by Eastern, Wainwright was well known for its extensive charitable work within the community. Eastern Bank upholds that tradition as well, with 10% of the bank’s net earnings donated to charity every year and employees giving 40,000 cumulative hours of volunteer time annually. As part of the 2013 Social Justice Award, Mayor Menino directed a $25,000 donation from Eastern Bank to Camp Harbor View, a summer camp for at-risk children co-founded by the Mayor.
Today, community is more important than ever. Geography and borders mean less and less thanks to our ever-increasing ability to connect to, and impact, people anywhere in the world. While Kendall Press physically calls Massachusetts home, we recognize that the community we engage and support is global in nature. We salute the enormous efforts of individuals like Mayor Tom Menino, organizations like Eastern Bank, and the impact their work ultimately has worldwide. We share their understanding that our success is owed to the people we serve.
Thank you for the opportunity.
Jason, for the team at Kendall Press