AROUND THE VALLEY
Featured photo: Governor Charlie Baker and wife Lauren Baker with the Sons of Serendip and Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Tavares
Lazarus House Holds Annual “Sharing Our Bounty” Gala
On Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Andover Country Club, a packed house of over 440 guests attended Lazarus House’s annual Sharing our Bounty Gala. The gala generated a record-breaking total that will provide emergency services to those in crisis this holiday season and into the imminent cold months of winter. Guests were delighted by musical performances by Sons of Serendip, best known as finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” and the students of Andover’s Tiny Tunes.
Governor Charlie Baker addressed the room with a heartfelt talk celebrating the spirit of the people of Massachusetts. Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera presented Bridget Shaheen, executive director of Lazarus House, with a certificate of appreciation celebrating her “uplifting spirit, inclusive nature, compassionate character and the excellent work she has done in the Lawrence community.” One of the Lazarus House guests, Erone, shared her story of struggle, strength, and ultimate success through the support of the organization’s team and programs.
Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund Begins Second Phase of Funding
Residents in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover affected by the Sept. 13 Columbia Gas fires who were still without gas service as of Nov. 6 are receiving a second stipend gift in the amount of $750 from Essex County Community Foundation’s Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund. With this second phase of funding, $10 million of the $12 million in the fund has now been distributed.
“Thanks to the original $10 million contribution from Columbia Gas and more than $2 million donated by nearly 3,000 individuals, foundations and businesses from Essex County and beyond, the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is able to provide additional relief to impacted residents,” said Beth Francis, president and CEO of ECCF.
Holy Family Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification
Holy Family Hospital announced it has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.
Holy Family Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.
The 2nd Annual Mayor’s Holiday Music Fest for Homeless Youth at Olympia’s Zorba Music Hall will benefit Community Teamwork and their efforts to prevent youth homelessness. Lowell, Mass. | CommTeam.org
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell will hold its 21st Annual Holiday Auction at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Every year, 450 guests enjoy a silent auction and dinner catered by Lenzi’s, followed by an exciting live auction. Lowell, Mass. | LBGC.org
Help end family homelessness in Southern New Hampshire at Anne-Marie House‘s Homeward Bound Food and Beverage Festival at the Radisson Nashua, featuring delicious food and beverages, exciting auction items, games, music and more. Nashua, N.H. | AnneMarieHouse.org
November 29 – December 30
Winterlights, an immersive, all-LED light installation and event series, will premiere this holiday season in the gardens of The Stevens-Coolidge Place. In addition to the light display, there will be performances by local choral groups, visits from Santa, a Frozen themed night, children’s activities and more. North Andover, Mass. | TheTrustees.org
Methuen Memorial Music Hall will be holding its annual Christmas Open House at 7 p.m. Attendees will enjoy holiday tunes performed on the Hall’s famous “Great Organ.” Methuen, Mass. | MMMH.org
The Concord Museum will hold the 2018 Holiday House Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will walk through seven private residences decked out in the holiday spirit by local interior designers. Proceeds will benefit the education initiatives of the Museum. Concord, Mass. | ConcordMuseum.org
Join the MSPCA at Nevins Farm to celebrate the holidays at their Holiday Tree & Christmas Feast for the Horses event. Help them create a Christmas feast to share by bringing carrots, apples, and peppermints to place in the stockings of the organization’s adoptable horses. Methuen, Mass. | MSPCA.org
Greenbelt invites municipal staff, board and committee members, and other volunteers engaged in land conservation and management to the 2018 Essex County Open Space Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Haverhill, Mass. | ECGA.org
Come spread holiday joy with the Special Olympics: Young Athletes Program at Merrimack College‘s Winter Wonderland Festival from 9 to 11 a.m.! The group will be collecting and donating toys. North Andover, Mass. | Facebook.com
Pajama-clad children and adults take a land-based adventure through the endearing children’s book “The Polar Express” at Blue Ocean Music Hall‘s Polar Express Pajama Party Brunch. Morning pajama party includes a full brunch, scavenger hunt through the Sea Festival of Trees and more. Salisbury, Mass. | SeaFestivalOfTrees.com
Join Lowell Community Health Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on December 6 for their fourth annual Winter Mixer. All proceeds benefit the Health Center’s Teen BLOCK after-school program. Kick off the holiday season with music by Harry and the Squires of Soul, catering by UTEC, and incredible raffle and silent auction items. Lowell, Mass. | ConstantContact.com
The Whistler House Museum of Art‘s biggest fundraising event of the year, their Holiday Party and Art Auction, features a live art auction, silent auction, open bar, dinner and live entertainment. Lowell, Mass. | WhistlerHouse.org
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