David Wong honored at ABCD Community Volunteer Celebrations
Submitted by Action for Boston Community Development
Action for Boston Community Development honored 18 outstanding volunteers who provide extraordinary assistance that helps put Boston-area residents on pathways to better lives on Sept. 17 at the Revere Hotel, Boston.
The annual event celebrated the voluntary efforts of individuals who work tirelessly to address and placate the plight of Boston’s underprivileged residents and communities through voluntary leadership and service.
ABCD President and CEO John Drew said every day when ABCD opens its doors across the city, hundreds of volunteers make a difference for people seeking assistance.
“Volunteers are an integral part of who we are,” Drew said. “We are so grateful for the board members, food pantry helpers, student interns and others who give of their time and talent and make a difference in so many lives.”
The honorees are nominated by ABCD’s neighborhood centers and major programs such as Head Start and Health Services.
Born in Taishan, David Wong worked his way from bussing tables in Chinatown to owning Empire Garden, the largest Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. One of Boston’s most successful entrepreneurs, David has always shown concern with the well-being of Boston’s neighborhoods and people.
“David’s activism makes a difference for the Asian community and all of Boston,” said Asian American Civic Association Director Chau-ming Lee.
In the 1970s, he helped expand Chinatown into the “Combat Zone” by supporting development of downtown Washington Street. In 2007, he established the David Wong Newspaper Reading Room on Beach Street to support Chinese immigrants. A longtime, active supporter of the AACA, he also contributes generously to Kwong Kow Chinese School and Joslin Clinic’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative.
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