Way to go!

BOSTON—Recently, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women recognized South Boston resident Marissa Walsh as a Commonwealth Heroine as part of the 20th Annual Commonwealth Heroines, Class of 2023.

The Commonwealth Heroine Award is presented to women who have a significant, positive influence in their communities, improving the lives of others and making the most of their time, ability, and passion. The Commonwealth Heroine Awards provide the opportunity to acknowledge and honor these outstanding individuals who constantly work to strengthen their community. Each year the Commission partners with state legislators to identify women who are making extraordinary contributions in their communities but not necessarily making the news.

This year, Marissa Walsh was nominated by State Representative David Biele for her dedication and efforts to support the most vulnerable in South Boston, while supporting local youth organizations and veterans.

For years, Marissa has been a constant fixture at the annual Msgr. Tom McDonnell and Frank Kelley Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners, preparing thousands of holiday dinners for neighbors who would otherwise go without a hot meal. Outside of the holiday season, Marissa has been an active supporter of multiple youth organizations, including the Perry School, the South Boston Girl Scouts,and South Boston Pop Warner, while also leading efforts to collect donations for the New England Center and Home for Veterans.

“I’m honored and humbled to have received this award,” said Marissa Walsh. “There are so many women in South Boston who serve our community on a daily basis and for me to be chosen is truly an honor.”

“I was proud to nominate Marissa Walsh as a Commonwealth Heroine for her many contributions over the years to the South Boston community,” said Rep. Biele. “Marissa has invested her time and talents to provide thousands of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for neighbors in need, ensuring no one in our community goes hungry on the holidays. She has also helped foster positive youth development through her work with the Perry School and Girl Scouts, and goes the extra mile to support our veterans in South Boston and beyond. I’m grateful for Marissa’s efforts to support our community and her steadfast dedication to helping others.”

Marissa was honored as a Commonwealth Heroine alongside over one hundred other Massachusetts women for their civic leadership and service that improves the lives of residents in their communities.


  1. Joe cook July 21, 2023 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Congratulations Marissa

  2. Linda Lynch July 21, 2023 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Wonderful news Marissa. Congratulations and well deserved.

  3. Terry Joyce July 21, 2023 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Congratulations, Marissa, and thanks, David! Great photo!

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