Awards_Winners - Boston College:
"The Boston College Alumni Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2006 Alumni Awards of Excellence"
"Young Alumni Award of Excellence
William J. Driscoll, Jr. '05
Bill Driscoll Jr. founded Persevere Disaster Relief in February 2006, only days after Hands On USA—the organization with which he had been volunteering since September—concluded its Katrina recovery effort.
Following graduation, he began work as a production assistant on several independent films. When Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005, the images of devastation in the media moved him to head south to help. Driscoll joined Hands On USA in mid-September and spent the next four and a half months with the organization in Biloxi, Mississippi. In addition to participating with the rebuilding efforts, Driscoll returned to his alma mater to educate students and organize service trips, an initiative that now continues on with Persevere Disaster Relief.
In November 2005, the Boston Celtics honored Driscoll with their "Heroes Among Us" award. In January, First Lady Laura Bush presented him with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his work with Hands On USA along the Mississippi Gulf Coast .
Driscoll also started "The Next Great Pass" a service initiative in conjunction with the Boston College Appalachia Volunteers to bring groups to the gulf coast to aid in Katrina relief."