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Family Services, Inc. to
Honor Sullivan Family

Family Service, Inc. to Honor Sullivan Family with its Community Service Award   LAWRENCE - Family Service, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will give its biennial Community Service Award to the Anna R. Sullivan Family of Lawrence, including Anna, Thomas, Michael, Kevin, Mark and their families. The award will be presented to the Sullivan Family on Thursday, November 16 at 6:00 pm at Sal’s Italian Restaurant on Merrimack Street in Lawrence.

Every other year, Family Service honors a family who, through their personal and professional efforts, embodies the mission of Family Service: to strengthen individuals and families by building skills for successful home, work and community life. The Sullivan Family has a long history of giving back to the Greater Lawrence community, and Family Service is honored to recognize their years of service.

Anna R. Sullivan, owner of T.A. Sullivan Insurance on Union Street in Lawrence, raised her four boys alone after the sudden death of her husband, Thomas, in 1969. Mrs. Sullivan managed to grow the business she started with her husband while raising the four boys on her own. Somewhere amidst the work of raising four active boys, Ms. Sullivan managed to instill an ethic of community service in each of her children.

“Back 35 years ago, no one would have looked at these four boys and said they would make the difference in this community that they have” says Myles Burke, lifelong friend to the family and Chief of Staff for the City of Lawrence. “Tom, Mike, Kevin, Mark…all of them were causing their mother some sleepless nights on Union Street in Lawrence. But Anna worked hard at the family business and raised four good guys who have given back to the City they call home.”

In addition to Michael and Kevin’s public service as Mayors of Lawrence (2000–present and 1986–1993 respectively) family members have been active on Boards and Committees at Northern Essex Community College, Habitat for Humanity, Greater Lawrence Vocational School, Merrimack Valley United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Lawrence Rotary, Lawrence General Hospital, and many more.

“The choice of the Sullivan Family for this year’s Community Service Award was an easy one,” explains Family Service Executive Director Kay Berthold Frishman.

“The Sullivan family members are all fine examples of community-minded citizens whose continuous efforts support and improve the Greater Lawrence area everyday. Agencies such as Family Service are grateful for the tradition of service that is passed down through the generations with the Sullivan family.”

The Community Service Award will be presented to the Sullivan Family on Thursday, November 16, 2006 at Sal’s Italian Restaurant on Merrimack Street in Lawrence.

The event will be from 6:00–8:00 p.m. Attendance is $25.00 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more information, contact Lori Howe by phone at 978-683-9505, extension 39 or by e-mail at LHowe@ FamilyServiceInc.com.

 



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