NoteWorthy – 2/4/18
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AROUND THE VALLEY
Pentucket Bank Contributes to Team Haverhill in Support of River Ruckus
Pentucket Bank recently contributed $5,000 to Team Haverhill in support of the Haverhill’s 2018 downtown River Ruckus festival slated for Sept. 22. Pentucket Bank has been a supporter of River Ruckus since its first year and has collaborated with Team Haverhill on several community enhancement projects over the past decade.
Merrimack Valley Food Bank’s Feed the Valley Fundraiser Raises $15,000
Merrimack Valley Food Bank held its Feed the Valley Fundraiser at Stonehedge Hotel and Spa on Jan. 25. The event featured a buffet, live music featuring Ben Knight & his band, auctions, wine tastings and a free door prize raffle ticket for every food item donated at the door. Overall, the event raised $15,000 for the food distribution programs that serve families in the region.
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Dresses Casual to Raise $650 for Humane Society for Greater Nashua
On Jan. 23, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union kicked off its first “Casual for a Cause” day to support Humane Society for Greater Nashua, raising $650 to assist in the organization’s mission. In exchange for a minimum donation, all employees were invited to wear jeans, sneakers and their brand new Casual for a Cause shirts. The Credit Union plans to hold this event one Tuesday each month to support 12 local nonprofit organizations throughout the year.
“Our new monthly Casual for a Cause initiative is a fun way for our employees to join together in unity to support a dozen worthy nonprofits in our community,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and CEO of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “We are looking forward to making this a great year of giving back,” he added.
UMass Lowell Selected as “Study Abroad” Winner of IIE’s Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education
The Institute of International Education recently announced the 2018 winners of the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education, and UMass Lowell is the winner in the category of Study Abroad. The university won in large part due to its innovative Global Entrepreneurship Exchange program, part of the Manning School of Business, which was established to develop and promote global partnerships and collaborations between the university and leading international institutions in the area of entrepreneurship education and research.
The The Institute of International Education’s Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the campus, study abroad, and international partnership programs among the member campuses of the IIE Network, IIE’s membership association of more than 1,300 higher education institutions.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Pati Fernandez, of Haverhill, a local development and marketing professional, has been appointed to the Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Fernandez, who is the director of the annual fund at The Pike School in Andover, is responsible for the planning, managing, and execution of the private school’s annual fund. She assists in establishing objectives and goals for the annual fund as well as creating strategies for growing the fund. She contributes to the development of all educational and branding materials for print, digital, and social media. Prior to working at The Pike School, she worked for Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley in Lawrence for nearly six years. She held a number of positions including director of marketing and most recently director of development and community programs. She has served on a number of volunteer boards including the Lawrence Family Development Education Fund, Groundwork Lawrence, and Jericho Road, Lawrence.
Howard Mandeville has been named to Pennies for Poverty’s board of directors. Mandeville and his wife, Pat, moved to Newburyport in 2016, after he retired as the executive director of Movin’ Out, a nonprofit which assists home buyers with disabilities and has developed more than 1,000 units of affordable, inclusive rental housing in Wisconsin. “We are pleased to welcome Howard as a new board member,” said Sue McKittrick, co-president of Pennies for Poverty. “He brings a wealth of experience and expertise and will be a terrific asset to our board as we further our mission to promote and carry out efforts to reduce poverty in the greater Newburyport area.” The Pennies for Poverty board of directors is comprised of business and community members from the local area. It is the board’s responsibility to raise awareness about the plight of those struggling with poverty and raising funds to address the needs of local anti-poverty agencies.
John P. Chemaly, co-owner and president of Trinity E.M.S., Inc., has been chosen as the new chairman of the board of Directors of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. The new election comes after previous Chairman, Mr. George C. Eliades, Jr., Esquire announced his retirement after dedicating 30 years of service on the Credit Union’s Board of Directors. Chemaly succeeds Eliades with 15 years serving on the Credit Union’s Board of Directors. Raised in Tewksbury, Chemaly is well-known for his community involvement. In addition to Jeanne D’Arc’s board of directors, he serves as the board chairman of the Massachusetts Ambulance Association, co-chairman of the City of Lights Parade and co-chairman of the Lowell Sun’s Sun Santa. He also sits on the board of directors for the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, the Middlesex Community College Foundation, The Lowell Plan, Home Health VNA, the Board of Governors for Lowell General Hospital as well as the Lowell Winterfest Committee. He is also an active member of the City of Lowell Opioid Task Force.
Linda Phypers has been selected as the new executive director of Birch Hill Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Manchester, N.H. Her role will be to lead the community, which is currently in the process of a $9 million capital enhancement of Birch Hill’s physical property, including landscape, facilities, amenities and living spaces. Phypers’s wealth of experience and passion for advancing the quality and vibrancy of CCRC communities will enable her to lead Birch Hill into the future. She has enjoyed over 35 years working in long-term care in a variety of roles from nurse educator, director of nursing, and nursing home administrator of a freestanding skilled nursing facility, and most recently as Director of Health Services for a CCRC in Vermont. Phypers’ responsibilities include managing operations and planning for the future of the Birch Hill campus in Manchester. Phypers reports to Justine Vogel, president/CEO of The RiverWoods Group, Birch Hill’s parent company.
ArtUp Round II: Filling More Miles of Walls has kicked off at Lowell Community Health Center. Here’s how it works: patrons may visit the online catalog to view pieces, which range in price from $100 to $5,000. They may then opt to purchase artwork to donate to Lowell CHC’s permanent collection, for patients, staff, and visitors to enjoy for years to come. Half of the purchase price goes to pay the artist, and half supports the health center’s annual fundraising. Lowell, Mass. | ArtUpLowell.com
Support the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, the official charity of the Boston Marathon, by attending a special DFMC Comedy Show at the Radisson Hotel Manchester from 8 to 11 p.m. The show will feature three comics, raffles, a silent auction and a cash bar. Manchester, N.H. | Eventbrite.com
An Evening of Sweet Indulgence will be held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Join special guest Billy Costa in sampling some of the best desserts and appetizers from the Merrimack Valley’s premiere restaurants and caterers. Proceeds benefit Congregation Beth Israel in Andover. Lowell, Mass. | SweetIndulgence.info
The Windham Musical Arts Association will be holding its first-ever gala, the “For the Love of Music” Gala Fundraiser at the Castleton Banquet & Conference Center at 6 p.m. Windham, N.H. | WindhamMusicalArts.org
Mass Audubon and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will hold the 2018 Merrimack River Eagle Festival. This full day of indoor and outdoor activities includes eagle-spotting sites, guided bus tours, live bird demonstrations and much more. Newburyport, Mass. | MassAudubon.org
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