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Burton Family Honored For Commitment To Children In Need

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BOSTON (CBS) — WBZ-TV’s  Paul and Steve Burton and their family were honored Saturday night by Room to Grow, an organization that provides essentials for parents raising infants in poverty.

Room to Grow honored the Burtons and the legacy of their late father, Ron Burton Sr., who founded the Ron Burton Training Village in Hubbardston.

For three decades, the Ron Burton Training Village has provided opportunities for at-risk children. Ron Burton Sr., the first draft pick of the Boston Patriots in 1959, founded his group on the principles of “love, peace, patience and humility.”

More than 4,000 young people have attended Ron Burton Training Village programs over the years, according to the group’s website. The mission of the training village is to “enrich the lives of challenged youth in the areas of dynamic character and leadership development, physical fitness, social and educational advancement, and spiritual growth,” the website states.

Ron Burton Sr. died in 2003.

New England Patriot Matthew Slater, second from left, honored the Burton family Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, on behalf of Room to Grow. With Slater are brothers Paul Burton, Steve Burton and Ron Burton Jr.

New England Patriot Matthew Slater, second from left, honored the Burton family Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, on behalf of Room to Grow. With Slater are brothers Paul Burton, Steve Burton and Ron Burton Jr.

In a ceremony Saturday night at the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel, the Burton family was honored for their commitment to children in need.

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