The 2017 Grand Marshal is…
Mayor Vigeant Announces the 2017 Parade Grand Marshal
On June 27, 2017 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. He and his wife Cailtlin live in Marlborough with their 2 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 was founded by Matros, and is 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 Fire, Police, and military together to participate in the fundraising event; and was noted as the largest tournament of its kind in the country.
“We are proud of the community process we took to gathering nominations for Grand Marshal. 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,” said Mayor Vigeant.
“He is an excellent representative of the city. 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,” said Caitlin, Matros’s wife.
Each year, the Marlborough Labor Day Parade Committee (MLDP) commences their search to find a Grand Marshal to traditionally lead the parade. The committee looks for individuals who live in Marlborough that have contributed to the community beyond the definition of their job.
This year, the Committee engaged the entire community in their search. Past MLDP committee searches have uncovered individuals who fit the Grand Marshal criteria and are prominent and well known in the Marlborough community. However, the committee’s searches have also found that often those that make a difference in the community are the residents that do it quietly. Their great efforts do not make the papers, are not talked about at the local coffee shops, but are known so well by those that have been on the receiving end of their efforts. The recipients of these unsung heros efforts have seen the difference these individuals make not only in their lives, but in the lives of so many others in this community. A spring request went out for nominations for Marlborough residents that are making a tremendous difference in the City of Marlborough.
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.
Matros shares his love for sports with the youth in our community. He coaches both youth hockey and youth baseball in the City.
When not saving lives, running to raise funds, or planning and participating in the Hero’s cup, Matros works to be the best dad and husband he can be.