NoteWorthy – 7/7/19


Wedü Wins 2019 Communicator Award of Distinction for Non-Profit Integrated Campaign 

wedü ( has been awarded the 2019 Communicator Award of Distinction for Non-Profit Integrated Campaign in recognition of their CashIQ campaign on behalf of Merrimack Valley Credit Union.

CashIQ was developed by wedü for Merrimack Valley Credit Union as a way to help millennials improve their financial literacy and decision making. With CashIQ, participants were able to test their knowledge and learn about financial topics such as student loans, credit cards, mortgages, and other financial subjects which millennials have indicated they need help with. The goals of the campaign were to target a younger audience and drive repeat engagement by promoting financial literacy which tied to the products and services of MVCU.


Custom MMIC Provides Opportunity for Women in Engineering

In partnership with the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF), Custom MMIC Design Services (CMDS) launched the “Women In Engineering” scholarship program with the goal of providing significant financial assistance towards tuition and fees for recent female graduates. GLCF is in the second year of partnership with CMDS who hosted the 2019 CMDS Women In Engineering reception on Thursday, June 20, awarding three high school graduates with scholarships.

L-r: Lina Abu-Absi; Ananya Srinivasa-Gopalan; Lillian Geller. Photography by Kevin Harkins


Cedar’s Foods Nears Completion on New $100 Million Production Facility

The nation’s leading producer and co-manufacturer of hommus is nearing completion of construction on a new 125,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. After a year of construction, the new facility, which is set to open in August, will create an additional 125 jobs, adding to the 750 current employees who work across three facilities at the Ward Hill, Mass., campus.


40th Annual Golf Tournament Raises Record $201,000 for Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

More than 250 golfers raised a record $201,000 at the 40th annual Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence golf tournament held recently at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover. The event is one of the club’s largest fundraisers for critical programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles and community involvement for more than 4,000 youth members at two locations.

At the tournament, golfers were treated to meals plus continuous refreshments along the course, contests, raffles, a generous allotment of golf balls, gift bags and complimentary photos of the foursomes. The evening program included cocktails, dinner and live and silent auctions.

Jim Lacourse of North Andover was presented with an award honoring his longtime dedication to the tournament. Larry Yameen of Lawrence was recognized as chairman of the club’s Golf Committee, and award-winning WBZ-TV sports anchor and reporter Dan Roche served as the live auction emcee.

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L-r: Nico Nardone, Chad Desautels, Tuscan Brands founder and owner Joe Faro and his son, Max Faro, represent key sponsor Tuscan Brands at the 40th Annual Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Golf Tournament held recently at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover. The event is one of the club’s largest fundraisers for critical programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles and community involvement for more than 4,000 youth members at two locations.


Wellforce and South Shore Health Announce Partnership Discussions

South Shore Health and Wellforce announced on July 1 that the organizations are in partnership discussions and the parties have formally indicated their intention to move forward with discussions and developing a tighter relationship. The organizations provided the following statements:

Statement from Wellforce Board Chair Ellen Zane

Wellforce was founded to bring together innovative health care providers who are focused on transforming health care in Massachusetts. Over the last five years, we have proven that academic and community medicine can work in partnership to improve quality, lower health care costs, keep care local and improve the health of communities. We are currently in partnership discussions with South Shore Health, a strong regional health system that shares our commitment to these values. Our discussions are ongoing and we are discovering many opportunities to work together to improve health care. We look forward to continuing our discussions.

Statement from South Shore Health Board Chair Ken Kirkland

In the midst of an increasingly complex and competitive healthcare environment, South Shore Health periodically reviews opportunities in the market so that we can meet the current and future needs of the community we serve. We have recently engaged in discussions with Wellforce, a health system comprised of community hospitals, academic medicine, several physician organizations, and home health agency. Our dialogue has focused on delivering advanced healthcare services in a community setting; working collaboratively with our physicians to control healthcare costs; increasing access to a larger provider network, and addressing the industry’s continued shift from volume-based to value-based care. We’ve been here for the last 100 years and we will continue to serve the needs of this community for the next 100 and beyond. We look forward to keeping our community, colleagues, and medical staff informed as we continue to discuss the potential for South Shore Health and Wellforce to work together.


Dianne Anderson Receives Prestigious Award from Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association

Last month, Dianne Anderson, Lawrence General president and CEO, received the prestigious 2019 William L. Lane Hospital Advocate Award from the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA). Each year at the association’s annual meeting, MHA publicly acknowledges one senior hospital or health system executive for outstanding efforts on behalf of their organization, innovative and positive leadership and extraordinary advocacy to achieve health care access and high-quality, safe care for all.

Anderson has been at the helm of Lawrence General Hospital since 2009. She was recognized for increasing Lawrence General’s capacity and capability. She has also built important provider partnerships, reinvigorated care teams, and reached out to community, education, and business leaders to develop new service lines, and to create programs addressing the social determinants of health.

Dianne Anderson, president and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital; and Joseph A. White, incoming MHA board chair and president and CEO of Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health.


NECC Introduces New Business Program for Working Adults

This fall, Northern Essex Community College will launch an Accelerated Business program designed especially for working adults who are short on time but want to earn a degree so they can advance in their careers.

Courses in the program will be offered online, face-to-face and as hybrids and run for seven weeks. Each student will be paired with a faculty coach who will assist with selecting courses and deciding on a personal timeline for degree completion.

To learn more, visit the program’s website or contact Kelly Sullivan at

NECC’s new Accelerated Business Program is designed for students like Catherine Greene who are working full time while attending college. Catherine earned her associate degree in accounting in May.



NECC Welcomes New VP of Institutional Advancement

A Lowell native with two decades of experience in higher education marketing, fundraising and alumni relations has been selected as the new vice president of institutional advancement at Northern Essex Community College. She will oversee fundraising, marketing and communications, and workforce development and corporate relations, beginning July 1 of this year.

“Allison has a phenomenal skill set, and will be a great addition to our leadership team,” said Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex. “Most importantly, through her work with public colleges in California and the experiences of her family, many of whom attended Northern Essex and other local community colleges, Allison understands the community college mission and is passionate about what we do.”


Two Salem Co-operative Bank Mortgage Lenders Named To New Hampshire’s Top Lenders List

Salem Co-operative Bank mortgage lenders Kim Kelley and Keri Hankus have been named as two of New Hampshire’s top lenders by the Warren Group.

Kim Kelley, vice president of the bank’s mortgage lending team, ranked 8th in the state of New Hampshire among all banks in dollar volume of loans. Additionally, in South Eastern New Hampshire she was named 4th for dollar volume of loans generated and 5th for total number of loans generated. Kim joined the bank in 1997.

Keri Hankus, AVP loan officer for the mortgage lending team, has been named 5th for dollar volume of loans generated and 4th in South Eastern New Hampshire for total number of loans generated. She has over 17 years of experience within the mortgage lending department.



July 12

Heritage Farm Ice Cream Special Adoption Event

Take your family out to Heritage Farm Ice Cream and help one of RUFF Tales Rescue’s dogs find a home at their special Heritage Farm Adoption Event. Lowell, Mass. |

July 19

Annual Concert and Silent Auction at Tupelo Music Hall

The Center for Life Management Foundation will host it’s 11th Annual Concert and Silent Auction at Tupelo Music Hall to raise critical funding for children, adolescents, adults and seniors with direct access to comprehensive emergency, clinical and medical services, case management, substance use treatment, and community based counseling support. Derry, N.H. |

July 20

Home Sweet Home Bike Run for 50 Legs

The Home Sweet Home Bike Run for 50 Legs, a charity that provides prosthetics for amputees, will begin at A-Brews Tap & Grill and end at Deerhead Sportsmen’s Club in Hookset, NH. Dracut, Mass. |


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