The power of community! What a memorable gala for ACTION, INC’s 50th milestone!

Cat Ryan submits-

This anniversary inspired a very special evening for the 2015 Annual Meeting: a tribute to all of Action’s staff for so many years of dedication, engagement and –well 50 years says it all- sustainable programming!

Last night, the curtains were drawn at Shalin Liu Performance center, the massive screen dropped and we were treated to this short, great tribute video. Look closely at the old photos and history of Action, Inc. Write into the comments below if you can name the four people involved with Action in 1965. We’ll see if you’re right.

Kudos to the movie crew:

Jessica Benedetto, Action’s Director of Marketing & Planning

Megan Merlin, Action’s Project Coordinator

Grieg Cranna, Photographer

Adam Kooken, Videographer, Montserrat


Jessica and Megan organized the event. Willow Rest rocked the food. Speaking of rock, we were treated to the happiest musicians ever. Perfect sound and coolest set from Dan King and friends, with Erika Van Pelt adding powerful vocals.

Executive Director, Tim Riley, is retiring this year. He received the Lyndon Baines Johnson War on Poverty Award and promptly shared the award right back with everyone else.


2 thoughts on “The power of community! What a memorable gala for ACTION, INC’s 50th milestone!

  1. I’ve been asked what is the LBJ Award? Here from Action’s intro:

    “The LBJ Award is reserved for individuals who truly embody the spirit of community action. It is given to those who demonstrate that spirit by devoting their lives to improving our community and lifting its members out of poverty.

    Since he started at Action in 1975 and ran our first youth programs, Tim Riley has devoted himself to Action’s mission, serving alongside long-time Executive Director Bill Rochford before taking the reins himself in 2009.

    His retirement is hard earned and well deserved, and I speak for everyone in this room when I say your leadership and kindness will be greatly missed.”


  2. Desserts by MAYFLOUR CONFECTIONS. Prettiest display of cupcakes and cookies with the harbor backdrop. Wish I put a selection ‘to go’ in my bag

    Plus, TURTLE ALLEY party favors at the conclusion of the festive evening dark and milk chocolate assorted classic turtles


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