JANUARY 12, 2018   •   7:30 AM   •   AT THE ROXBURY YMCA


Please join us for a morning of honoring Dr. King as we raise critical funds for the Roxbury YMCA's annual campaign.

At this year’s breakfast we will be honoring two outstanding community leaders with awards:

Keeper of the Dream Community Service Award: Mr. Thomas Welch

Thomas Welch has been an integral part of the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston and our YMCA. We are delighted to recognize him as our 2018 Keeper of the Dream Community Service Awardee.

In 1959 while a 9th grade student at Atlanta’s historic Booker T. Washington school, Thomas Welch began a process that would eventually result in being one of ten students (from a pool of 132) chosen to desegregate the K thru 12 public schools in the State of Georgia and the City of Atlanta.  The story of the desegregation of the first public schools in the city of Atlanta was remarkable because it never became a “story”.  Unlike those communities where these changes were marked by much confrontation and strife, Atlanta’s social, business and political leadership -black and white together- planned for an acceptance of the inevitable and to a remarkable degree pulled it off.

Mr. Welch attended Morehouse College and eventually moved to Boston to become the Youth Program Director for after school and summer programs at the Hattie B. Cooper Community Center in Roxbury.  He has a Masters degree in Urban Planning from MIT with a concentration in Urban Land Development.  He has been active since 1973 as a real estate professional in the related fields of real estate finance and development and includes developing residential and commercial projects in New York, Baltimore, Miami and Boston.

Mr. Welch has received numerous awards and served as a Director/Trustee of businesses, educational institutions and civic organizations.

Married to Martha Jones Welch of Atlanta, GA, a Spelman College graduate, they have two children: Thomas Jr. and Malene Elizabeth Welch and two grandchildren.  The Welchs’ reside in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Corporate Leadership Award: Boston Medical Center

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information contact Roxbury YMCA Executive Director Kathryn Saunders.

The Roxbury Y is proud to offer its Annual Community Service Day on Monday, January 15, following the event.


The event will be held at the Roxbury YMCA: 

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