Can you BELIEVE it?
We Bostonians love our sports and our beloved Bruins. Everywhere you look you can see the B’s team logo and very often it is accompanied by one word: BELIEVE.
On June 15, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years. Can a night get any better than that?
Why yes, yes I BELIEVE, and now know firsthand, that it can!
The night of June 15 was an incredible night for the boys in black and gold and for all the Bruins hockey fans who BELIEVED… but it was even better for this mom from Braintree.
I attended a very special event hosted by Teamsters Local 25 at Raso’s Grille. The Teamsters Local 25 Union has worked tirelessly over the past four years to fundraise for autism research and awareness. That night the Teamsters presented a check for $170,000 to the Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks! Allow me to repeat that…$170,000!! I still don’t think the enormity of their generosity has truly sunk in yet. Here comes that lump in my throat again!
If that wasn’t enough to blow my mind, the Teamsters also wrote checks AGAIN to support Melmark New England, a school serving children with autism and a wide range of developmental disabilities, as well as to the Braintree American Little League: Challenger Baseball division.
The Teamsters generous gifts are so important to me on so many levels – as a long time volunteer for a cause that is near and dear to my heart, serving my 4th year as co-chair for The Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks, but most importantly as a mom of a wondrous, talented, courageous, beautiful, funny, loving little boy with autism. And it just so happens this miraculous son of mine plays on the very same Braintree Challenger League that was also the fortunate beneficiary of The Teamsters generosity!
WHAT A NIGHT! I’m a BELIEVER…are you?
Have you hugged a Teamster lately? Go on, they won’t mind, I swear.
So as the Bruins players raised the Stanley Cup proudly above their heads and made Boston fans’ dreams come true, I raise my cup to Sean O’Brien, Trish DiSilva and all members of The Teamsters Local 25 who BELIEVE in the beauty of giving back … it’s just what they do…it’s just how they roll…their commitment and drive to make a difference is so inspirational. THANK YOU doesn’t seem adequate to convey my deepest gratitude.
I BELIEVE strongly that the Teamsters Local 25 support is paramount and critically important to our local autism community…and just like the Bruins, they make dreams come true for so many families in Greater Boston.
Do you BELIEVE in miracles? This mom from Braintree sure does.
Trish DiSilva, Teamsters Local 25; Erica Giunta Executive Dir. of the New England Chapter of Autism Speaks; Larry Cancro, Senior VP of Fenway Affairs for the Red Sox and Chairman of the New England Chapter Board; Sean O’Brien President of Teamsters Local 25 and Director on New England Chapter Board.