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AROUND THE VALLEY
Donahue Family Donation Supports New MCC Academic Arts Center
Renovation of the new Middlesex Community College Academic Arts Center in the former Boston and Maine Railroad Depot on Central Street is nearly completed and just as the building is being turned over to MCC, a well-known local philanthropist has provided a very generous donation to support arts education at the college.
For months, MCC President James Mabry and members of the college’s Advancement Team have been working with philanthropist and longtime supporter of the arts Nancy Donahue and the Donahue family of Lowell, who provided a generous gift to the MCC Foundation, and for whose family the new arts center will be named.
“I am thrilled to be able to help move this project forward and excited that MCC has been able to rebuild this wonderful historic structure,” said Nancy Donahue.
James Henderson, Chairman of the MCC Foundation Board, said the donation from longtime college supporter Donahue reflects an unprecedented investment in the future of arts education at MCC. The donation, coupled with Donahue’s longtime support of the college’s Celebrity Forum speaker series and several other funds, will result in the branding of the new facility with the Donahue name. Donahue herself has also agreed to be the honorary chair of a long-planned capital campaign to raise even more money for the center, with multiple other fundraising naming opportunities throughout the building.
Cobblestones of Lowell Hosts No Kid Hungry Dinner
Cobblestones of Lowell hosted the annual No Kid Hungry Dinner, organized by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA), on March 12. Chefs and managers from Cobblestones, Moonstones, Burton’s Grill, Island Creek Oyster Bar and The Bancroft all joined in creating the meal fed to the crowd at the sold-out event with over 120 generous supporters.
The event raised over $36,000 for hungry children, but the MRA is still seeking donations to help them reach (and hopefully exceed) their statewide goal of $150,000. Donations can be made here.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Announces Two New Executive Officers
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union has announced the addition of two new executive officers to its team:
Michael Dubuque has been promoted to senior vice president and chief market development officer. Dubuque joined the credit union in 2012 as vice president of loan origination. Since joining the Credit Union, he has focused on several areas including mortgage lending and market development. His most recent responsibilities included expanding the credit union’s business services portfolio and increasing business membership. He will now oversee the credit union’s eight full service branches as well as continue to manage secondary market sales of its mortgage portfolio. Dubuque is a graduate of Bentley University with a B,S. in Finance. Currently, he is the director of the Global Alumni Board and a member of the Bentley Executive Club. He also sits on the board of trustees for Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health. A Lowell native, he currently resides in Westford with his wife and three children.
Mark O’Neil joined the Credit Union on March 12th as the senior vice president and chief administrative officer. O’Neil has over 25 years of management experience and is the former president and publisher of Digital First Media in Lowell. During his tenure, O’Neil worked closely with management teams to transform their business model to drive sustainable performance. His areas of responsibility at the credit union include human resources, member contact, collections, employee development and executive administration. He sits on the board of advisers for Ironstone Farms in Andover and works with Massachusetts Special Olympics. Mark lives in Westford with his family.
Jonah Adamsky of South Hampton, N.H., formerly of Andover, has been named Northern Essex Community College’s first ever Newman Civic Fellow for his dedication to underserved populations and seeking social justice for all. The 22-year-old psychology major was nominated by NECC President Lane Glenn, who wrote of Adamsky, “Jonah has a passion for serving others, giving back to his community, and creating a more just society… faculty members describe him as hard working, conscientious, highly intelligent, and strongly motivated. They also describe his strong compassion for his peers, volunteering to assist a student with a learning accommodation and during group work always making “sure no one got left behind.” With a 3.92 GPA, Adamsky, who for the last five years has worked in childcare hopes to continue his work with children. At NECC, Adamsky is treasurer of the Community Outreach Group, a student club dedicated to community service, as well as an active member of the Gender Sexuality Alliance, a student club that advocates and educates on issues important to NECC’s LGBTQ+ community.
Now through March 31
A limited number of early bird tickets are now on sale for this year’s Farm-to-Cocktail Party presented by Mill City Grows, which will take place on Thursday, June 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at UTEC. On the eve of the summer solstice, guests will come together to celebrate the spirit of community and the region’s thriving local food movement with live and silent and auctions, farm-fresh hors d’oeuvres, farm-inspired cocktails, live local music and an incomparable social atmosphere. Lowell, Mass. | MillCityGrows.org
Career Resources Corporation will hold their annual Spring Fling at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center starting at 6 p.m. This event unites more than 300 local business owners and community members to raise funds for CRC’s many programs and community opportunities for growth and development. Windham, N.H. | CRC-Mass.org
Enjoy live and silent auctions, dancing, food, and live music provided by Thomas Machine Works Band and Low Ex at the 7th Annual Pettengill House, Inc. Fundraiser, which will take place at the Blue Ocean Music Hall from 7 to 11 p.m. Salisbury, Mass. | PettengillHouse.org
WOW – Winning Opportunities for Women presents its 22nd Anniversary Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blue Ocean Music Hall. The cost of attendance includes continental breakfast and seaside luncheon buffet. Salisbury, Mass. | HaverhillChamber.com/WOW
The Winner’s Circle Running Club’s 37th Annual April Fool’s 4 Mile Road Race will kick off at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar and Restaurant at 10 a.m. Proftheir from the race will benefit breast cancer research and the Red Cross. Salisbury, Mass. | RunTheCircle.org
The Southern N.H. chapter of the Modern Widows Club will hold a special launch event from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northstar Financial Planning office. Interested widows, friends or family members of widows, and support services are all welcome. Windham, N.H. | Registration Link
The Center for Gerontology at UMass Lowell is hosting the Healthy Aging Living Well Forum that’s intended for anyone who may be taking care of an elderly person. The forum will feature keynote speaker Michael E. Festa, director of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Massachusetts. He will discuss “The CARE Act: It’s the Law,” which was adopted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in November 2017. Lowell, Mass. | UML.edu
Emmaus Inc. will hold its 4th annual Stepping Out with the Valley Stars starting at 6.p.m. at Blue Ocean Music Hall. Participate in an evening of dinner, dancing, auctions and fun to benefit the organization’s fight against homelessness. Salisbury, Mass. | EmmausInc.org
Enjoy a lovely evening at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center at Windham Community Bands‘ 20th Annual Dinner and Dance, which will take place from 5:15 to 11 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit, which serves musicians all over the Merrimack Valley. This year’s theme is “A Night at the Movies.” Windham, N.H. | WindhamCommunityBands.org
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