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We are excited to honor the following awardees who truly embrace the legacy of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and work tirelessly to better the lives of children and their families.

Each honoree is dedicated to making positive impacts on the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of the population by raising awareness, fighting against social injustices, and advocating for those who don’t have a voice.

Please join us in congratulating the 2016 Embracing the Legacy honorees:


Joseph E. Corcoran

Founder and Chairman of Corcoran Jennison Companies and
The American City Coalition

Joseph E. Corcoran is founder and chairman of the Corcoran-Jennison Companies, which is responsible for more than $4 billion in real estate developments nationwide in 43 years, concentrated in affordable housing. Joe has changed the lives of countless inner-city youths by replacing failed public housing projects with mixed income developments that offer unique community services to low-income residents. By pushing for a change – achieved by Ted Kennedy – in federal tax credits, he was able to turn the dangerous Columbia Point projects into the delightful Harbor Point on the Bay. The tax credits also led to transformative affordable housing developments nationwide the past 30 years. His nonprofit, The American City Coalition, works to revitalize whole inner–city neighborhoods. For over 20 years, Joe has directly funded educational opportunities for dozens of academically talented city youths through scholarships to Boston College High School as well as Boston College, Simmons, and Emmanuel colleges.


Dropkick Murphys

An American Celtic punk rock band

Established by Dropkick Murphys founder Ken Casey in 2009, The Claddagh Fund is a charity focused on children’s and veterans’ organizations, and drug and alcohol recovery programs. The Claddagh Fund is committed to the three attributes symbolized in the Claddagh ring: friendship, love and loyalty, and relies on the passion of the Dropkick Murphys’ friends, family and fans to raise funds for the most underfunded charities that support these vulnerable populations.

Known for their complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk and American rock ‘n roll, critically-acclaimed Dropkick Murphys have released 8 full-length studio albums and have sold over 6 million copies worldwide since hitting the scene in 1996. An integral part of Boston’s cultural identity, they’ve headlined Fenway Park and have a long history of supporting workers’ rights and union causes.


Thaddeus Miles

Director of Community Services at MassHousing

Thaddeus Miles is an artist of community, who sees beauty through his camera’s lens and in the rich mosaic of our diverse communities.  As Director of Community Services for MassHousing, Thaddeus is the architect of an expansive range of programs that build safe, vibrant, and engaged communities across Massachusetts. He is a Veteran of the Air Force and believes deeply in the promise of democracy as one that lifts and unites all people. Thaddeus’ great passion for young people has motivated innovative mentoring and enrichment programs such as the Think Big Dream Big initiative and the Neighborhood Network National Consortium that promote peace, creative self-expression, and accountable leadership. He is also the founder of HoodFit, a movement which amplifies the positive attributes of community to promote wellness of body and mind, resilience, and strategic problem solving for youth and families.


Francine T. Sherman

Clinical Professor and Director, Juvenile Rights Advocacy Program,
Boston College Law School

Francine Sherman is a Clinical Professor at Boston College Law School where she has taught for twenty years and where she founded and directs the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Program. She speaks and writes about juvenile justice, particularly about girls in the justice system. She has spoken before Congress and at the White House, and served on the U.S. Department of Justice National Advisory Committee. She advises foundations and systems on how to reduce detention and incarceration and improve systems for girls and young women. Her most recent report, Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls, provides a comprehensive overview of the needs and pathways of girls into and through the justice system and details a developmental approach to juvenile justice reforms.