NoteWorthy – 10/15/17
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Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Distributes First Donations From Steve Jones Legacy Fund
In September 2016, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union experienced the sudden and devastating loss of Steve Jones, Vice President of Community Development. Jones, a 20-year veteran of the Credit Union, worked tirelessly to support numerous organizations within the Greater Lowell community, and was loved by so many for his warmth, genuine compassion and selfless nature. To honor his memory, the Credit Union instituted the Steve Jones Legacy Fund through its We Share A Common Thread Foundation to collect donations to benefit the many nonprofits Jones was so passionate about. Immediately after the Legacy Fund was established, donations from friends, family, Jeanne D’Arc employees and gracious supporters poured in.
The Credit Union has announced that the Steve Jones Legacy Fund raised more than $100,000 over the past year. The Credit Union recently distributed the first donations to the following organizations, all of which were dear to Jones: A Bed For Every Child, Greater Lowell YMCA, Town of Chelmsford Scholarship Committee, My Father’s House, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Chelmsford Youth Basketball League, Catie’s Closet, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lowell.
St. John’s Golf Team Accepts the 2017 Byron Bowl
St. John’s Prep golf team members Trent Han and Cole English accepted the 2017 “Byron Bowl” from Former Mayor Byron Matthews, along with a check for $500 to the St. John’s Prep Athletic Department. Han and English won the “High School Challenge” sponsored by SPS New England, Inc. during the 27th annual Anna Jaques Hospital “Fore Your Health” Golf Tournament on August 14th at Renaissance Golf Club.
St. Johns competed against players from Amesbury, Hamilton-Wenham, Ipswich, Masconomet, Newburyport, Pentucket and Triton.
Emmaus Holds 15th Annual “Paving the Road Home” Breakfast
“The work of Emmaus matters,” stressed Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College. “Homelessness hits closer to home than you realize.”
Glenn served as the master of ceremonies for Emmaus’ 15th Annual “Paving the Road Home Breakfast” on Thursday, Oct. 5. More than 200 people attended the breakfast, held at the Hartleb Technology Center at Northern Essex Community College, and learned about what Emmaus does to help more than 3,000 adults and children each year who are facing homelessness.
“One in three community college students is hungry and food insecure,” Glenn said. “We have students who don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.”
Emmaus also presented former State Rep. Brian Dempsey with the Community Builder Lifetime Achievement Award for his more than two-decade long service in the Massachusetts State House and as a friend to Emmaus.
“Throughout Chairman Dempsey’s tenure in the House of Representatives he never forgot those in need,” said Emmaus Executive Director Jeanine Murphy. “Brian, thank you for all you have accomplished on behalf of people without a voice.”
Founded in 1985, Emmaus, Inc. is a nonprofit organization devoted to helping families and individuals rebuild their lives. Located in Haverhill, Mass., it is the largest provider of emergency shelter in Essex County. Since 1985, Emmaus has helped more than 30,000 children and adults out of homelessness and toward self-sufficiency. Last year, Emmaus served 1,561 children through its shelters and housing programs, and on any given night, 300 adults and children will call Emmaus “home.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence will hold their annual Take Action Walkathon. The two-mile walk along the Merrimack River begins and ends at BGCL, followed by family activities including music, face painting, and games. Lawrence, Mass. | LawrenceBGC.com
The Women Working Wonders Fund will hold an expanded version of its signature event, titled Power of the Purse Plus, at UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center from 6 to 9 p.m. The goal of the event is to raise funds to support local organizations benefiting women. Attendees will experience the ultimate “girls’ night out” filled with purses, fashion, specialty cocktails and raffles. Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com
The YWCA Haverhill’s major fundraising event, the 28th Annual Tribute to Women, will be held at DiBurro’s from noon to 2 p.m. and will honor 20 women who are role models and make exceptional contributions to the Greater Haverhill community. Haverhill, Mass. | Facebook.com
The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society will hold their 23rd Annual Fur Ball Silent and Live Auction from 6 to 10 p.m. at Andover Country Club. As always, there will be plenty of interesting items to bid on to support the many needy cats that the organization cares for. Andover, Mass. | (978) 462-0760
Ironstone Farm will be holding its annual Spirit of Giving Gala at Lowell Memorial Auditorium at 6 p.m. This year, the theme will be “Take Me Out to the Gala,” with Hall-of-Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley and sports anchor Bob Lobel being honored. Lowell, Mass. | IronstoneFarm.org
Tattersall Farm invites the public to take a guided Nature Walk along the property from 2 to 4 p.m. Naturalist Boot Boutwell will lead the walk, focusing on winter weeds, hardy wildflowers, deciduous shrubs and the history of the area. Haverhill, Mass. | TattersallFarm.org
The Fifth Annual Distiller’s Showcase to benefit Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown. Once again, the event will bring together hundreds of top spirit brands and local eats from around the state. Manchester, N.H. | DistillersShowcase.com
The Upper Room will hold the 16th annual Family Matters Auction at Birch Wood Vineyards from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. This year, the theme is “An Evening on Broadway.” Derry, N.H. | URTeachers.org
The Newburyport Education Foundation will hold its annual Lighthouse Auction at Nicholson Hall. Event participants can take a taste of local eats contributed by some of the city’s finest establishments, bid on donated items and mingle with others. Proceeds benefit the organization’s current campaigns to improve education initiatives and facilities throughout the Newburyport school district. Newburyport, Mass. | NewburyportEF.org
The Protection of Animals in Wakefield Society (PAWS) will hold its first-ever PAWS on the TRAIL 4K Fun Run/Walk through the Reading Town Forest. All proceeds of this event will be used to ensure PAWS can cover the medical expenses and extra-care needs of its homeless animals. Reading, Mass. | PAWSWakefield.RescueGroups.org
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