'Field Of Dreams' Raises $200K For Youth Summer Jobs

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Teams at Fenway Park for the "Field of Dreams" event Thursday. (Bernice Corpuz/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Fenway Park became the "Field of Dreams" for amateur baseball teams playing for a good cause Thursday. Over two dozen teams from local businesses, health centers, and private organizations are facing off to raise money for Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD.

For over two decades, this annual event has helped pay for summer youth jobs. ABCD President and CEO John Drew says over 500 teenagers from low-income families are participating in the program.

"What we do is, we pay the wages out of this to them," Drew told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz. "A big beneficiary is the community, by having a lot of youngsters not with a lot of time on their hands idle in the street."

Kiabeth Pagan, 17 of Dorchester, said this opportunity is making her dream come true.

"My dream is to be a therapeutic cosmetologist to help abuse victims and recovering addicts feel beautiful and empowered again," she said. "With the money that I get, hopefully I'll be able to go to Empire and work my way up."

Drew said that, so far, they have raised over $230,000.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz (@BerniceWBZ) reports

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