Westwood Resident Honored for Outstanding Leadership, Contribution

On Saturday, Nov. 19, Westwood resident George Russell, Jr. will rececive some recognition at an event hosted by a Grammy Award winning gospel music icon.  

Whittier Street Health Center is honoring Russell for his contribution and dedication to the Greater Boston community at the group’s ninth annual “Saving the Health of the Community International Benefit Gospel Concert”. 

The event will be hosted by gospel music legend Dr. Bobby Jones at the Berklee College of Music Performance Center

“George Russell is a dynamic and inspiring leader, whose contribution and civic engagement are legendary,” Whittier Street Health Center President and CEO Frederica Williams said in a statement. “We are delighted to solute and recognize him.”

Russell is the Executive vice President and Director of Community Affairs at State Street Corp. and directs the company’s corporate contributions programs, as well as its employee volunteer program, according to a news release this week. 

Russell also serves on the board of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and is the founding chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Financial Services Academy.

The concert itself attracts more than 500 gospel music fans, and will feature 11 performers and choirs from around New England, as well as from Virginia. Those performing include Athene Wilson Glover; Grant AME Male Chorus; Oladunni and Olayeni Oladipo; Pastor JLF and Blessed Hope Tabernacle; Unified Voices of New England; Boston Children’s Chorus and Trinidadian Gospel Group, Elder Hu.   

Tickets for the event are $20 for general seating, $30 for premium seating and $5 for a VIP package that includes entrance to the CIP reception and premium seating. 

To see Westwood’s own recognized at the event, visit whittierstreet.org or call 617-989-3182 for more information.

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