Salvation Army Honors Peter Smyth with the ‘Others Award’

December 10, 2015

The Salvation Army today presented the Others Award, one of its highest honors, to Greater Media Chairman and CEO Peter Smyth in recognition of his service and contributions to the community.

The award was presented to Smyth during the Massachusetts Salvation Army’s Annual Luncheon at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston. Smyth, a visionary in the radio industry, leads one of the nation’s top broadcasting companies – overseeing 21 AM and FM radio stations, including five in Boston, along with a group of weekly newspapers in New Jersey.

Smyth is a strong supporter of The Salvation Army and is committed to advancing the organization’s mission of helping those in need. Greater Media, under Smyth’s leadership, also played an integral role in raising funds to help the The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Corps Center in Dorchester come to fruition. In addition, Greater Media stations support the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign, with station personalities and talent raising awareness for the effort and running PSAs to advance the campaign.

“During the past three decades Peter has revolutionized the radio industry, and at the same time continues to utilize the power of the media to help those in need in his communities,” said Major Gregory Hartshorn, General Secretary of The Massachusetts Salvation Army. “Peter’s efforts on behalf of the Salvation Army here in Massachusetts have been tremendous. Because of his work and the support of Greater Media stations, we are able to better serve others – making him truly deserving of this Others Award.”

During the event, The Salvation Army also honored philanthropist and community leader Herb Morse with the Life Membership Award. For more than 30 years, Morse has served on Salvation Army Advisory Boards and various chairmanship roles.

During his career at the audit and tax firm KPMG Peat Marwick, Morse also served as a dedicated member of The Salvation Army School for Officer Training Advisory Board, the Greater Boston Advisory Board, the Massachusetts State Board of Advisors and the Divisional Commander’s Cabinet – a close group of advisors who played a critical role in the development of the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Corps Center.

Morse is a past recipient of the prestigious Others Award for his service in New York. He’s also served on the boards of the Preservation of Affordable Housing, United Way of Tri-County and The Boston Foundation.

During the Annual Luncheon, The Salvation Army – which celebrated its 150th anniversary this year – also highlighted its efforts to help those in need in Greater Boston. During the past year, The Salvation Army provided more than 626,000 meals and nearly 32,000 nights of shelter, along with 65,000 toys and gifts and more than 6,500 warm coats. It also gave a second chance to 128 at-risk youth through its award-winning Bridging the Gap Program.

“The Salvation Army continues to make a difference in the lives of thousands of local children, families and seniors, and we’re incredibly thankful for the support of Peter, Herb and countless other individuals and businesses throughout the Commonwealth,” added Hartshorn. “Despite recent economic growth, there are still many individuals struggling to provide basic necessities for their families, and together we’re able to more effectively fulfill our mission to help all those in need.”

The 2015 Salvation Army Annual Luncheon Committee includes co-chairs Dan Flatley and Thomas P. O’Neill III, along with committee members John Hamill, Ted Lynch and Paul La Camera.