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Boston Celtics Honor Catherine Pisacane During Game

The Boston Celtics selected Catherine Pisacane as a recipient of their "Heroes Among Us" award. During the Celtics’ Friday, November 10 game against the Utah Jazz, Ms. Pisacane was honored for her initiative to make a difference and for her dedication to helping youth in their time of need.

Established in 1997, the Heroes Among Us program honors those individuals who have made an overwhelming impact in the lives of others and lasting contributions to our community. At each home game, the Celtics and their fans have saluted the exemplary efforts of these citizens during a special in-game presentation on the team’s legendary parquet floor. To date, over 387 individuals have received the "Heroes Among Us" award.

Arriving Friday evening at the Celtics office along with her mom, sisters and brother, Catherine and her family were ushered through the backstage of the BankNorth Garden to center court, where they were able to watch the Celtics and Jazz warm up. Shortly before tip-off, Catherine posed for an official photograph with Celtics captain Paul Pierce, Utah Jazz Forward Andrei Kirilineko and a representative of the Mass. State Lottery, a presenting sponsor of the award.

At the beginning of the second quarter, Catherine was escorted back to court side, when the buzzer sounded for the game’s second time-out, she was introduced and walked to the middle of center court, holding a crystal trophy. As Catherine stood alone in front of a near capacity crowd of over 16,000 people, an announcement was read describing Project Smile and the work Catherine does.

"Standing in front of thousands of people, on a floor that has been the home of so many dreams and to hear Project Smile being described and the wonderful applause that followed- it was absolutely incredible and the best night of my life," said Catherine. "It is almost impossible to fully describe what it felt like. I am truly honored and so very grateful. It was a night that I will remember for the rest of my life."

Record Attendance for Halloween and Child Safety Extravaganza

Almost 700 children and parents attended Project Smile’s 2nd annual Halloween and Child Safety Extravaganza held in Worcester at the warehouse of Paul Davis Restoration on October 28. The event featured a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, games, candy give-away and presentations from many safety participants.

The Molly Bish Foundation completed child ID kits for over 200 children, children were also able to meet the police dogs, view police cruisers and equipment, meet Finz, the Worcester Sharks mascot and Miss Massachusetts. Participants included the Molly Bish Foundation, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department, the Worcester Fire Department, the Massachusetts State Police, Miss Massachusetts, Ronald McDonald and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the WXLO radio sportsbug. City Councilman Joseph Petty, on behalf of the Mayor’s office, presented Project Smile with a proclamation declaring October 28 to be Project Smile day.

Feedback from children, parents and the safety participants was incredibly positive. A number of families also attended last year’s event and were looking forward to coming back again next year.

Polar Beverage donated over 30 cases of soda for the event and brought their Polar Van which provided music. Costume and raffle prizes were donated by JN Phillips Auto Glass, Build-a-Bear Workshop, the Worcester Tornadoes, AMF Bowling, and the Crowne Plaza Hotel. JN Phillips Auto Glass also hosted a silent auction for Red Sox tickets during the event. The event was sponsored by Paul Davis Restoration, presenting sponsor and the following generous businesses:

Platinum Sponsors:
• JN Phillips Auto Glass
• The Worcester Sharks
• Kesseli and Morse

Gold Sponsor:
• New York Life Insurance Company

Silver Sponsors:
• Bay State Savings Bank
• Digital Credit Union
• Flagship Bank
• Patriot Financial Group
• Sals Clothing Restoration

Bronze Sponsor:
• The Protector Group

Thanksgiving Trivia
Did you know… ?

George Washington was the first president to declare the holiday in 1777.

Abraham Lincoln made it a national holiday in 1863, with his Thanksgiving Proclamation.

The first Thanksgiving of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was held in July, not November.

In 1939, 1940, and 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the holiday the third Thursday of November, not the fourth, to lengthen the holiday shopping season. In 1941 Congress proclaimed it should be the fourth Thursday, putting an end to Roosevelt’s effort.

Seven other nations have a thanksgiving holiday: Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Canada, Liberia, and Switzerland.

Evidence suggests turkeys have existed for around ten million years.

More than 35 million turkeys are cooked and eaten on Thanksgiving annually.

North Carolina produces the most turkeys out of any state: 63 million.

Illinois holds the record for pumpkin production: 457 million pounds.

Wisconsin is forecasted to raise the most cranberries in 2006: 649 million pounds.

The typical American eats 13.7 pounds of turkey over the course of a year.

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