NoteWorthy – 6/10/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on June 10th, 2018

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NoteWorthy - 6/10/18

L-r: Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, MRT Artistic Director Sean Daniels and Executive Director Bonnie Butkas, and Gala Co-Chair Tom Larkin.

Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s 39th Anniversary Gala Raises $110,000 for Its Education Programs

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) is thrilled to have raised $110,000 for its signature education programs Student Matinees and Young Company during its 39th Anniversary Gala on June 2 in Lowell. This is the highest amount raised for education programs at the gala in the last three years.

“We could not be more excited by what these funds will mean to our local students,” said MRT’s Executive Director Bonnie Butkas. “This is my first gala at MRT, and it is so inspiring to see the energy that the people of Lowell and the Merrimack Valley region have for supporting a great cultural institution like MRT. We are truly grateful.”

Some 200 guests attended MRT’s annual gala, and bid on silent and live auction items throughout the evening. The event honored longtime supporter Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, who received the Donahue Community Leadership Award, and the late John Levicki, MRT’s assistant house manager, who was posthumously presented with the Tsongas Award. The crowd mingled to songs by The Real Cool Cats and were treated to performances by MRT actors Charissa Bertels (“My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend”) and Kristen Mengelkoch (“The Villains’ Supper Club”).


L-r: Greater Lowell Community Foundation board chair Chet Szablak, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Greater Lowell Community Foundation President & Chief Executive Officer Jay Linnehan. Photo: Meghan Moore.

Community Foundation Annual Meeting Shines Light on Community Needs and Impact of Philanthropy

Nearly 150 business leaders, nonprofit professionals, and community members gathered at the Radisson in Chelmsford for the Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting, “Road to Recovery,” on June 5.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. Ryan is recognized for her leadership on the opioid crisis and her innovative programs that address all aspects of abuse and addiction — prosecution, prevention and treatment. In 2012, she founded the office’s first Opioid Drug Task Force in the Lowell region. At the meeting, she spoke about local efforts including her work to establish a drug court program in Lowell to assist people in recovery. A major impediment to the program is transportation as participants are travelling from across the region to attend programming and public transport can put participants at risk for relapse.


Community InRoads and Merrimack College Awarded $100,000 Cummings Foundation Grants

Community InRoads and Merrimack College are two of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Merrimack Valley-based organizations were chosen from a total of 597 applicants during a competitive review process. Cummings Foundation has announced a total of $20 million in grants to Greater Boston charities in the past two months alone.

Community InRoads is dedicated to fostering an effective network of nonprofits so that the men, women and youth in the Lawrence and Haverhill area have access to the resources they need to reach their fullest potential. They provide consulting, training and board development opportunities at no cost to nonprofit leaders and boards of directors, so that they in turn can better serve community residents.

Merrimack College’s grant will go toward its School of Health Sciences, which was established in August 2017. It grew from a robust health sciences department dedicated solely to promoting the training and education of advanced health promotion professionals in Essex County. The school has some 575 undergraduate and graduate students who pursue majors in health science, exercise science, public health, nutrition sciences, rehabilitation sciences and athletic training.



Jacqueline Moloney, chancellor of University of Massachusetts Lowell, has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2018 Chief Executive HR Champion Award. Recognizing that what makes an institution great are its people, this award honors a president or chancellor of a higher education institution or system who has demonstrated significant support for the institution’s human resources function. Thanks to the generous support of Sibson Consulting, CUPA-HR is pleased to offer an $8,000 contribution to UMass Lowell’s endowment or a scholarship fund of Chancellor Moloney’s choice. Throughout her time in senior leadership positions at UMass Lowell, Moloney has supported a broad-based, large-scale organizational change effort that has resulted in, among other things, doubling the operating budget of finance and operations; adding over 1.5 million square feet of building space; growing enrollment by nearly 60 percent; and increasing the workforce by 40 percent.

Bruce Guyant has been added to the Covenant Health team as its system director of provider recruitment & retention. In this prominent role, Guyant will develop and oversee Covenant Health’s comprehensive provider recruitment efforts, including sourcing, screening and hiring providers, as well as manage succession planning, onboarding and retention programs. He’ll also work closely with the marketing and strategy team to implement a tactical plan to grow referrals from practices to Covenant Health facilities. Prior to joining Covenant Health, Guyant held similar roles including provider of growth and integration at Novant Health in North Carolina, regional director of physician recruiting for Life Point Health Corporation in Tennessee and director of physician recruiting at CompHealth in Utah. Guyant earned a master’s degree in business administration in health care at Western Governors University and a bachelor of science degree in child and family development from the University of Utah.



June 16

First Lt. Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance Fund will once again be returning to Cashman Park on Saturday, June 16, 2018, for the 7th Annual Flag Day 5K. As before, the course will go through the beautiful city of Newburyport and will end along the water. Newburyport, Mass. |

The 43rd annual Strawberry ‘n’ Arts Festival will be held at First Parish Church United from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and features food, crafts and live entertainment. Westford, Mass. |

June 18

Join the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce for its 29th Annual Golf Tournament. Registration will begin at Ferncroft Country Club at 12:15 p.m. Middleton, Mass. |

Northern Essex Community College will hold its NECC Athletics Golf Tournament at Atkinson Resort & Country Club from noon to 5:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the athletics program, which sponsors eight intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women. Atkinson, N.H. |

June 21

Mill City GrowsAnnual Farm to Cocktail Party will once again take place at UTEC, celebrating the spirit of community and the region’s thriving local food movement with live music, live and silent auctions, plus signature farm-inspired apps and cocktails. Lowell, Mass. |


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