2007 Liff Spirit Award Honoree

Diddy Cullinane

Founder, Black and White Boston

Diddy Cullinane Diddy Cullinane is a woman of conscience who has worked with tenacity and grace to promote the civic good in the greater metropolitan area. In 1989 she founded “Black and White Boston Coming Together” with the hope of improving the city’s racial climate and expanding minority business opportunities in urban neighborhoods.

For the past 18 years, Diddy has been a bridge builder who has brought together a cross section of professionals from the public and private sectors on a range of initiatives in a variety of settings, including the annual Black and White on Green Golf Tournament in Franklin Park. She collaborated personally with Justine Mee Liff on the golf tournament that raises funds for the Caddie Scholar program.

Diddy has given tirelessly to a range of not-for-profit organizations. Her efforts to make common ground in Boston for people of all races reflects Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision of how the parks he designed in the Emerald Necklace, and across the country, could serve the nation’s democratic ideals.

Past Recipients

2015
Mark Volpe
Managing Director, Boston Symphony Orchestra

2014
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Founder, Central Park Conservancy

2013
Thomas M. and Angela Menino
Mayor and First Lady, City of Boston

2012
Malcolm Rogers
Ann and Graham Gund Director,
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

2011
Valerie Burns
President, Boston Natural Areas Network

2010
Charles Ansbacher
Conductor and Founder,
Boston Landmark Orchestra

2009
Michael and Kitty Dukakis
Former Governor and First Lady,
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

2008
Joan and Ted Cutler
Philanthropists

2007
Agnes “Diddy” Cullinane
Founder, Black and White Boston

2006
Henry Lee
Founder, Friends of the Public Garden

2005
Eugenie Beal
Founding Chair, Boston Conservation Commission
Founding Member, Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Norman Leventhal
Founder, The Beacon Companies