https://go.evvnt.com/286144-3?pid=5248 Chevalier Theatre
30 Forest Street
Medford, MA 02155
Medford welcomes home native son Bill Cummings for a conversation about his popular book, "Starting Small and Making it Big: An Entrepreneur's Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist."
The Friends of Chevalier Auditorium and Gene Mack Gym are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a special Arts Across Medford event at Chevalier Theatre on Wednesday, October 10 at 7 p.m.
Come hear Bill Cummings share insights from his hit book "Starting Small and Making it Big: An Entrepreneur's Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist," his life story of going from modest Medford roots to multi-billionaire and international philanthropist.
Cummings grew up in the Hillside and Haines Square neighborhoods in the 1940s and '50s and learned the value of hard work and kindness from his parents, Gus and Dorothy. They also encouraged his youthful business ideas, like selling sodas to workers removing trolley tracks on the Fellsway, and hawking Christmas trees in Medford Square.
After graduating from Medford High (1954) and Tufts University (1958), Bill's business career blossomed. Sweet success selling Old Medford Fruit Punch out of a Fulton Street plant led to the creation of his giant real estate venture, Cummings Properties, which he founded with one building in 1970. In 1986 he and his wife, Joyce, started the nonprofit Cummings Foundation, through which they have donated millions of dollars to Medford nonprofit organizations -- including the Friends of Chevalier for the Medford Boys & Girls Club -- and hundreds of millions worldwide.
Cummings will be joined on the Chevalier stage -- where he received his Medford High diploma -- by former Medford mayor and longtime friend Michael McGlynn, who will serve as moderator. They'll talk a lot about Medford – after all, Bill says "Starting Small" is at its essence a book about Medford – which befits this year's Arts Across Medford theme: "Roots." Audience questions and a book signing will follow.
Admission is free and no tickets are required. All seating is general admission. Discounted copies of Bill Cummings' book will be available for $15.
End Time: 8:45 pm.
Category: Arts | Books & Literature.
Sub-Categories: Lifestyle | Local / Community.