Marlborough – Mayor Arthur Vigeant announced the 2017 Marlborough Labor Day Parade Grand Marshal will be longtime Marlborough resident and dedicated community member Michael Matros.
This year’s search nomination process and selection uncovered longtime resident Michael Matros as one of Marlborough’s unsung heroes. Matros moved to Marlborough in second grade. He and his wife Caitlin live in Marlborough with their two children, Jake, 6, and Teaghan, 5. He is a firefighter-paramedic for the town of Sudbury.
Matros runs Hero’s Cup, a nationally known nonprofit that he founded, focused on bringing first responders to the city for a common philanthropic cause. First responders that share a passion for hockey are annually invited to participate in the Hero’s Cup weekend tournament. Responders from all around the country are drawn to the city of Marlborough each April to create 50 teams to play in a weekend long tournament.
The weekend also includes other fundraising events such as a Casino night, cook offs, and Battle of the Bands. The proceeds raised during the Hero’s Cup weekend are donated and benefit over 30 different charities including Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Shriners Hospital. This spring’s tournament drew 900 firefighters, police, and military together to participate in the fundraising event; and was noted as the largest tournament of its kind in the country.
Matros is also an avid runner. He has run the Boston Marathon three times and has raised over $30,000 for local charities through his marathon efforts. He also shares his love for sports with the youth in our community. He coaches both youth hockey and youth baseball in the city.
“We are proud of the community process we took to gathering nominations for grand marshal,” Vigeant said. “Together we have found and are saluting one of the many people in our community that are positively contributing to our city. Michael Matros is making a tremendous difference in Marlborough and beyond. We are so proud to have him serve as our 2017 grand marshal.”
“He is an excellent representative of the city,” Caitlin Matros said. “I am not just saying this because he is my husband, but I am saying this because he truly makes a difference in anything he does.”
Matros and his family will lead the city’s 66th Labor Day Parade at noon Monday, Sept. 4.
To learn more about the parade, visit the MLDP website, www.marlboroughlabordayparade.com, or email the city’s Program Coordinator Leanne Cordischi at firstname.lastname@example.org.