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This past Tuesday, some of the ALKrew attended the Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) Champions of Mentoring fundraising breakfast. This annual fundraising event with the Boston Red Sox awards individuals and organizations who have shown a strong commitment to the mentoring field. ALKU was proud to be one of MMP’s ‘All-Star’ sponsors for the event.

Guests heard from speakers John Farrell (Boston Red Sox Manager) and Maura Healey (Massachusetts Attorney General), who spoke about the importance of a mentoring relationship, no matter what walk of life one may be in.

This year’s honorees for the Champions of Mentoring awards were NESN Anchor Tom Caron and State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. MMP also awards the KELLY (Keep Encouraging Lifelong Learning for Youth) award each year at the Champions event, which is a $20,000 educational award supported by the Kelly Family Foundation and Liberty Mutual. This year, Shelby Destin and Taya Hopkins were the two very deserving recipients of the KELLY scholarship.

The Champions breakfast prefaces Mentoring Night, which takes place every year at a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Nearly 1,000 mentors and mentees come to Fenway Park to celebrate relationships and watch the game. Some of the mentor/mentee matches appear on the field during the night, from batting practice to even throwing out the first pitch!  This year, ALKU employee David Tuell, SAP Recruiting Manager, attended the game with his Little Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.

“The partnership between ALKU and Mass Mentoring is truly special,” David expresses, “not only is it a great feeling to be involved with such a great cause as a mentor, but also I get the opportunity to attend these great events like Mentoring Night at Fenway. I had a great time with my little, Joshua, at the game. He was grateful for the chance to catch a game at Fenway. He hopes to be playing on the field in the future, so keep your eye out for him on the Sox roster.”

ALKU takes pride in being able to support events like these that back the mentoring cause, however the ALKU Scholarship takes our mentoring support a step further. This year, for the third consecutive year, ALKU will partner with MMP to award a scholarship to a rising Massachusetts high school senior, which grants the recipient a $20,000 scholarship over the course of four years. To qualify, one must be a Massachusetts high school senior who has been positively affected by mentoring.

Last year, ALKU presented this scholarship to Marta Pleitez, a Barnstable High School senior, at the Cheers to Mentoring celebration in Boston.

If you or anyone you know is a rising Massachusetts high school senior positively affected by a mentoring relationship, apply for the ALKU scholarship today! The deadline to apply is July 14th, click here to apply.

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