AROUND THE VALLEY
Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Honors Five Business and Community Leaders at the 103rd Annual Dinner & Awards Gala
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner was the flagship event of the Chamber’s program year, as well as the event where the annual awards are bestowed. This year’s gala recognized five outstanding individuals with the Charles E. Billups Award, Jerry Loy Award, Community Leadership Award and the Chamber Service Award.
This dinner also marked the passing of the torch of chamber leadership. Long serving chairman, Paul Magliocchetti of Sheehan, Schiavoni, Jutras & Magliocchetti has stepped down, and Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College will take the reins as the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s chairman of the board.
Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Award Winners (left to right) Tim Jordan, Teresa Machie, Ben Consoli, Steve Stewart and Donna Spencer Collins ***
Enterprise Bank Announces Plans for Banking Location in Lexington
Enterprise Bank announced plans to open its 25th banking office. The Lexington office is expected to open this fall.
The Enterprise Bank Lexington team will be led by Veronica Caira, branch relationship manager and vice president. Caira has extensive banking experience including community relations, branch operations, business development, team management, and customer service. She is a resident of Lexington and active in the community, serving in leadership roles with the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Lexington Women in Business, Rotary LexMA, and Lexington Historical Society and as an ambassador with Lexington Education Fund.
Align Credit Union to Hosts Free Khmer-Spoken First-Time Homebuyer Workshop
Align Credit Union will be holding a free first-time homebuyer workshop for the Khmer community at their branch at 87 Hale Street in Lowell on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 6-7 p.m. Bopha Peou, one of Align’s mortgage originators, will be joined by a local realtor and attorney. Together, they will explain the entire homebuying process from preapproval through closing. Topics to be covered include developing a budget and purchase plan, understanding and improving your credit score, searching for a home, the importance of getting preapproved and loan options and closing costs.
“Buying your first home can be intimidating, especially if English is not your primary language,” said Peou. “By offering a workshop in Khmer, we can better help our neighbors achieve the dream of homeownership.”
Home Health Foundation Recognizes Lawrence Community Responders and the 10th Anniversary of High Pointe House
On Thursday, May 23, more than 300 guests gathered in support of the agencies of Home Health Foundation, and to honor our heroic leaders in the community.
This year’s event honored Lawrence community responders, individuals from across the community who took immediate action during the recent gas explosion. Honorees include Daniel Rivera, mayor of Lawrence, Chief Brian Moriarty, of the Lawrence Fire Department, Kim Moriarty, RN, director of emergency services at Lawrence General Hospital, Martha Valez, executive director of the Lawrence Senior Center, and officer Ivan Soto of the Lawrence Police Department.
The event raised more than $80,000 in support of programs dedicated to assisting the patients and families served by Home Health VNA and Merrimack Valley Hospice.
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Awards $17,000 in College Scholarships
To help defray the costs of higher education for local college students, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union awarded $17,000 in college scholarships to members through its MoneyStrong College Scholarship Program and Employee Scholarship Program. The recipients are comprised of both soon-to-be and current college students.
All recipients were recognized on May 28 at a reception at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s corporate headquarters.
Align Credit Union Supports Habitat for Humanity’s 12th Annual National Women Build Week
Align Credit Union’s employees proudly supported Habitat for Humanity’s 12th Annual National Women Build Week in May. The weeklong event invites women to devote at least one day to help families and spotlight homeownership challenges faced by women. This year, Align volunteers helped kick off the event for Habitat of Humanity of Greater Lowell by aiding in the restoration of a two-family home on Adams Street in Lowell.
Iluminación Lawrence is a city-wide lighting project that creates an immersive public art experience using LED lighting and projections. The project aims to engage municipal, nonprofit, community and business entities in its early stages to create critical mass and highlight economic development and revitalization efforts.
The city and its partners Lawrence Redevelopment Authority, Groundwork Lawrence and Essex County Community Foundation have teamed up to crowdfund $30,000 to win a $30,000 grant match through MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places program for a second phase of lighting. Iluminación Lawrence will continue the momentum by adding lighting and projections at the entrance of the Lawrence Public Library and Warehouse Square. These lights and projections can be used to celebrate city events, holidays and display rotating community art.
Megan House Foundation Receives Prestigious $100k for 100 Grant from the Cummings Foundation
The Megan House Foundation joined a prestigious goup of honorees and nearly 300 guests in attendance at the Cummings Foundation 2019 Grant Winner Celebration. The annual event, which took place Thursday June 6th, recognized recipients of the Cummings Foundation’s $100k for 100 Grant Program during a fun-filled evening celebrating the spirit of giving in the Greater Boston area.
The grant is the largest awarded to the Megan House Foundation in its four-year existence, and it will be used to provide success coaching at Emma’s Place.
“The generosity of the the Cummings family and their foundation is a shining example of what giving back to one’s community entails, and it is a tremendous boost to organizations like ours as we strive to make a difference in the lives of those we serve,” said Megan House Foundation Executive Director Pamela Huntley.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Lazarus House Ministries Welcomes Jeffrey Hassel as New Executive Director
Jeffrey Hassel, a New England native who has been leading teams all over the world on mission and in ministry, comes home to fill the executive director position at Lazarus House Ministries.
Hassel was the executive director for a nonprofit organization in Guatemala that focused on improving health, education and housing situations. His experience in caring for people struggling with poverty and homelessness made Hassel qualified for the new position. His transition to the Lazarus House will begin on July 1.