Remembering Field of Dreams

By Madeline Eleazar

FOD 2015 Volunteers          FOD 2015 Fenway Park

Few ballparks in America evoke the same feelings of historic significance, legacy and passion that Fenway Park does when one catches a summertime game. But recently some lucky players and volunteers got to experience those feelings and much more; a chance to attend and participate in ABCD’s 18th annual Field of Dreams event, where they had the opportunity to walk and play on the coveted turf, explore the Green Monster, shake hands with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and most importantly, help raise crucial funding to ABCD’s SummerWorks Program.

Held on a sunny Wednesday on June 10th, the event’s goal is to raise money for the SummerWorks Program, which provides summer jobs for over 1000 low-income city-youth, ages 14-21.  During SummerWorks, teens learn valuable skills pertaining to job-readiness, financial literacy, responsibility and career exploration.  This year, ABCD and its participating company sponsored teams hit a grand slam that even “Big Papi” David Ortiz would envy, by raising a record $335,000!  Not only are the sponsors to be applauded, but also the dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers that helped make the day a success.

Eager and knowledgeable volunteers helped by keeping “the book” for each team at play, ushering players from the locker rooms to their respective dugouts and by signing in guests and spectators alike in the main ballpark entrance.  It’s because of the support and assistance of ABCD’s volunteers that Field of Dreams and similar events are successful.

Everyone at ABCD would like to thank the Fenway Park staff, its Field of Dreams company-sponsored teams, and the volunteers for such an exciting and successful day!

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