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BGCL Education Director Karen Kravchuk to Receive Liberty Bell Award

September 27, 2016

Over the course of her 21-year career at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Education Director Karen Kravchuk has been credited with providing thousands of youth members with the resources, guidance, and confidence to pursue their dreams through education.

In honor of her outstanding community service, the Lawrence Bar Association will present Kravchuk with the Liberty Bell Award at its fall dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 at DiBurro's in Haverhill. Attorney General Maura Healey will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will also include the presentation of the 50-Year Member Award to George Stella, Esq.

"I'm humbled and honored to receive this tremendous recognition," said Kravchuk, whose passion for assisting kids in breaking the cycle of poverty through education was previously recognized with the creation of the Karen Kravchuk Scholarship Fund for club kids in 2014. "Education is the key to a brighter future, and it's a great privilege to help equip our youth members with the tools to change the world."

According to Lawrence Bar Association president Matthew Ginsburg, an attorney with Gilbert & Renton LLC of Andover, Executive Committee members unanimously supported Kravchuk's nomination for the award which recognizes individuals who generously give their time and talent to create a sense of civic responsibility and contribute to the good of the community.

"We were blown away when we learned the depth of Karen's selflessness in serving the youth of Greater Lawrence," Ginsburg said. "We feel that her contributions really embody the purpose and spirit of the award."

In 1988, Kravchuk joined the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence as a part-time supervisor of the education center and arts and crafts program, which she oversaw four afternoons a week in addition to working full-time as a sixth grade teacher at the Henry K. Oliver School in Lawrence. She left the club to pursue her master's degree at Lesley University in 2001, but concluded her 21-year tenure as a public school teacher to rejoin the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence in her current role in 2008.

According to Ginsburg, the Lawrence Bar Association became familiar with Kravchuk's work through its members who are alumni or board members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, as well as its increasing involvement with the club in general. In the past, Lawrence Bar Association members have volunteered at the club's annual career fair, supported its auction and golf tournament fundraisers, and assisted with other special events. In addition, a team will participate in the third annual Take Action Walkathon taking place at 9 a.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence on Sunday, October 16.

"Last year, our Executive Committee met at the club and took a tour, where we learned about its incredibly critical mission and the scope and breadth of all the programs available to the kids," Ginsburg said. "We're excited to recognize Karen as an integral member of the club leadership team who has helped shape the futures of an enormous number of underprivileged youth and made a proven difference in their lives."

Tickets to the Lawrence Bar Association's fall dinner may be ordered at www.lawrencebar.org through October 13. To learn more about the Take Action Walkathon on October 16 benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, visit https://bgclma.ejoinme.org/walk2016.

 

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The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Alumni Association seeks to offer mentoring, financial and volunteer support to the Club.