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 2015 Embracing the Legacy honorees:
Theodore A. Oatis (Posthumous Award)
Ted Oatis co-founded The Chiofaro Company, a real estate development and management firm, in 1980. He oversaw all aspects of the Company’s development and construction projects. Ted was active in the development of the Central Artery, serving on the Executive Committee and as Vice Chairman of A Better City. He was on the boards of Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps and the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, in addition to serving as an overseer of the Boston Architectural College. A passionate advocate for child welfare, Ted improved the lives of many through his volunteer and philanthropic work. He helped to raise awareness and funds for a number of non-profits, including Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps. As an involved board member and generous supporter of the agency, Ted helped the children and families in our programs for over 25 years.
Founded in Lowell in 1999, UTEC serves young people labeled “proven-risk” who have a history of serious criminal or gang involvement. UTEC’s nationally-recognized model begins with intensive street outreach to the most disconnected youth of Lowell and Lawrence. Through its social enterprises and onsite education programs, UTEC redefines the future for those youth who represent the largest return on investment within our communities from a public safety, public health, and economic perspective. Social justice and civic engagement are embedded in their work, with special emphasis in organizing and policymaking both locally and statewide. UTEC measures the “social and economic success” of its mission through three outcome areas: Recidivism, Employment, and Education.
Roy Wade, Jr. MD, Ph.D., MPH
Dr. Wade is an Instructor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Department of General Pediatrics. He recently completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Fellowship at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and prior to this was a Commonwealth Fund Harvard Minority Health Policy Fellow at the Harvard School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health, earning a MPH in Health Policy and Management. As a clinical scholar, Dr. Wade completed a study of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) amongst low-income youth in Philadelphia. Dr. Wade was awarded a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellowship to build a youth-informed childhood adversity measure and promote its adoption amongst health and social service organizations in Philadelphia. His research interests focus on the intersection between poverty, adversity, and childhood well-being. Through his work, he plans to translate research on the science of childhood adversity and toxic stress into effective strategies to improve community-level systems of care in economically distressed communities.
Tim Wakefield is a retired Boston Red Sox player, Honorary Chairman of the Red Sox Foundation and NESN Studio Analyst. He is considered to be one of the greatest knuckleball pitchers to have ever played baseball, helping the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series Championship and winning a career-high 17 games as a part of the 2007 championship team. As one of the most community-minded professional athletes, he was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award eight times and was named the recipient of this prestigious award in 2010. Tim is actively involved with the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston and the Space Coast Early Intervention Center in his hometown of Melbourne, Florida. He has also lent his support to organizations including the Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Touch ‘Em All Foundation. In 2014, Tim’s charitable contributions earned him the Jimmy Award and Ted Williams Award, in recognition of his dedication to local charities.