Social Centers honors Robert Lewis Jr. for his commitment to city’s communities

EAST BOSTON — More than 500 guests attended the Social Centers’ 100th anniversary gala, which was held at Suffolk Downs. It was the last scheduled event at the storied horse racing track.

At the gala, the Social Centers honored Robert Lewis Jr., with its inaugural Community Activist award. Lewis, founder and president of The BASE, is an East Boston native who has worked in the city of Boston’s neighborhoods and with young people, he whole life. For more on Lewis and his long history with the Social Centers, please read this wonderful article in the East Boston Times.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker were on hand for the award presentation. Baker gave Lewis a framed photograph of his playing basketball as a young man.

All photos are by Bill Brett.

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