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September 2012

Beyond Our Borders Giving grants were distributed to six agencies including TEMPOHealthcare for the Homeless-BostonDisabled American Veterans Charitable Service TrustFamily Reach FoundationMirebalais Teaching Hospital, and James F. Alenson Memorial Fund.

Donations were also made to the Sudbury Food Pantry and the Sudbury Military Support Network.

July 2012

The great children at Vacation Bible Adventure (VBA) Camp at First Baptist Church in Sudbury in July collected money during the week-long camp by doing chores, hosting neighborhood bake sales, etc. and donated the proceeds – more than $600 – to HOPEsudbury. Thanks to VBA Director Sherri Martinelli  and Pastor Jay Ridenour for highlighting the “Power of Community” with this generous donation to HOPEsudbury.

Board member Carol Ann Baer made her annual “Comfort Basket” delivery to Bethany Hill School in Framingham, leaving behind a treasure trove of household items and supplies to support the families working toward financial and educational independence.

June 2012

Eight-year old Rachel Turkington, a student at Haynes Elementary School, graciously asked her friends to forego bringing gifts to her June birthday party and instead collected backpacks and schools supplies for our annual fall drive. Her goal: To help brighten the first day of school for other children.

We brought the backpacks over to the children at Sandra’s Lodge and Mary’s Place, two local family shelters.

May 2012

HOPEsudbury and the Sudbury Military Support Network once again hosted a table on the Town Green following the Memorial Day Parade. Families stopped by to decorate cards, to write letters to soldiers serving overseas and to donate items to Sudbury servicemen and women deployed abroad.

December 2011

HOPEsudbury made a year-end donation to the Sudbury Food Pantry.

November 2011

Another great year for HOPEsudbury’s popular Telethon & Auction. In a particularly challenging economy, the community stepped up to raise more than $60,000 for The HOPE Fund and other charitable causes. Special thanks to the Sudbury Public Schools and, especially the Curtis Middle School Community Service group, for a remarkable Penny Drive that raised close to $3,000.

In one of Sudbury’s more memorable fundraisers, HOPEsudbury sponsored a lively version of Cow Patty Bingo held on the field at L-S during the Telethon. Community members purchased Bingo blocks and “hoped” the local cow (whom we dubbed “HOPE”) would leave a special package on their block. Alas, the reluctant bovine failed to deliver and Judge Myron Fox, Sudbury Town Moderator, pulled the lucky winner’s name from the registration pack. Congratulations to Amy Colon, who split the proceeds with HOPEsudbury.

Sudbury board members and friends once again decorated a room in the historic Hosmer House for the holidays.

September 2011

In partnership with First Parish of Sudbury, HOPEsudbury sponsored its 9th backpack drive for the children at Sandra’s Lodge & Mary’s House, collecting backpacks and school supplies in time for the new school year.

June 2011

HOPEsudbury recognized departing Sudbury Public School Superintendent and HOPEsudbury champion John Brackett with a proclamation during a retirement get together in his honor.

May and June 2011

In response to severe weather this spring, HOPEsudbury has tapped its rapid response fund to support victims of the earthquake/tsunami in Japan, and tornadoes and floods in the U.S. midwest and the tornado in western Massachusetts.

May 2011

HOPEsudbury and the Sudbury Military Support Network hosted a table on the Town Green following the Memorial Day Parade. Families stopped by to decorate cards and planters and write letters to soldiers serving overseas and to donate items to Sudbury servicemen and women deployed abroad.

April 2011 – Our thanks to Carrie and to Encore!

Carrie Lepordo ran her 4th Boston Marathon in honor of HOPEsudbury, raising more than $2,500 for The HOPE Fund.

Encore Construction in Sudbury hosted a cooking demonstration at their beautiful kitchen showroom in Mill Village that featured Celebrity Chef German Lam and BAA Marathoner Carrie Lepordo touting healthy eating. The event raised more than $500 for HOPEsudbury. Special thanks to Encore’s Jodi Swartz!

Also, in April the Sudbury Family Network asked participants in their annual Family Easter Egg Hunt to contribute household items for our Basket Project for the residents of Bethany Hill. SFN’s items were added to our items and delivered to Bethany Hill in the Fall.

March 2011

To kick off our 10th anniversary, HOPEsudbury unveiled a new logo, a new website and made a series of  “Beyond Our Border” grants to nonprofits like ours, whose good work emerged from or responded to the devastating events of September 11, 2001, including Soldier On, The Mission Continues, Beyond the 11th, Community Hope/Hope for Veteran’s Program, Sudbury Military Support Network.

January 2011

A winter drive was held to benefit The Colored Pencil Project which provides art supplies and art curriculum to children in developing countries. Sudbury residents helped out by donating colored pencils, markers and paper.

December 2010

HOPEsudbury supported local residents with emergency financial need, distributing just over $40,000 through the HOPEsudbury Community Assistance Fund (The HOPE Fund).

In 2010, HOPEsudbury provided supplemental funding to the Selectmen’s Fund, to help continue a tradition of giving to some of the Town’s most vulnerable residents around the Holiday season. This year the gifts took the form of gift cards to local markets, gas stations and discount stores.

November 2010 – HOPEsudbury Telethon & Auction

Another great year for HOPEsudbury’s popular Telethon & Auction. In a particularly challenging economy, the community stepped up to raise more than $50,000 for the HOPEsudbury Community Assistance Fund and other charitable causes.

October 2010 – Baskets

HOPEudbury brings its Baskets Project to the residents of the Bethany Hill community in Framingham, providing a treasure trove of household items to families in need.

September 2010 – Backpacks

In partnership with First Parish of Sudbury, HOPEsudbury sponsored its 8th backpack drive for the children at Sandra’s Lodge & Mary’s Place, collecting backpacks and school supplies in time for the new school year.

May 2010

In conjunction with Hanscom Air Force Base, Sudbury residents collected toiletries for soldiers serving overseas.

HOPEsudbury made donations totaling $7,500 to nonprofits locally and abroad including: Household Goods Recycling in Acton, More than Words in Waltham, Project Hope in Boston, Metrowest Free Medical Program, Sudbury Food Pantry, No Buddy Gets Left Behind, Circle of Hope/Haiti and the L-S Memorial School in Cambodia.

April 2010 – Our thanks to Encore

Encore Construction in Sudbury hosted a decorating and dessert event at their beautiful showroom in Mill Village that raised close to $500 for HOPEsudbury. Special thanks to Jodi Swartz!

March 2010

HOPEsudbury said “thanks” to outgoing board member Paige Gilbert-Goldfarb and welcomes new board members Marcia Coffin and Beth Farrell

January-March 2010
HOPEsudbury contributed funds on behalf of earthquake victims in Haiti and Chile, with donations to Partners in Health and the American Red Cross.

November 2009—HOPEsudbury Telethon & Auction
Another great Telethon & Auction for HOPEsudbury and the Sudbury Community. As usual there were a host of singers, dancers and musicians all sharing their talents with the Sudbury community and a wide assortment of auction items generously donated by local businesses and individuals. The event raised funds to support the HOPEsudbury Community Assistance Fund and other charitable causes.

August-September 2009 – Backpacks
In partnership with First Parish of Sudbury, HOPEsudbury sponsors its 7th backpack drive for the children at Sandra’s Lodge, collecting backpacks and school supplies in time for back to school.

May 2009
HOPEsudbury donations include:
Local Organizations – CCA Cambridge Cares About Aids; Fisher House, Boston; The Compass Community College Collaborative; and Sudbury Food Pantry
National Organizations – Cangleska, Inc.; Mud Creek Clinic
International Organizations – Foundation Rwanda; Jhamtse Gatsal School/Orphanage; and Project Healthy Child

April 2009
HOPEsudbury sponsored a drive to benefit Local Heroes, Inc., a Wilmington, MA group supporting local servicemen and women, and The Women’s Lunch Place, a women’s day shelter in Boston. Sudbury residents donated toiletries, underwear and other items.

March 2009
HOPEsudbury welcomed new board member Edie Ravenelle.

November 2008—HOPEsudbury Telethon
The 2008 Telethon & Auction is a great success, featuring the most number of performances and the most auction items in the event’s seven-year history. A first this year was the Sudbury Idol competition which generated a lot of excitement. As usual there were a host of singers, dancers and musicians all sharing their talents with the Sudbury community and a wide assortment of auction items generously donated by local businesses and individuals. The event raised funds to support the HOPEsudbury Community Assistance Fund and other charitable causes.

August-September 2008 – Backpacks
In partnership with First Parish of Sudbury, HOPEsudbury sponsored its sixth backpack drive for the children at Sandra’s Lodge, collecting backpacks and school supplies in time for back to school

May 2008—Home Tour & Charitable Distributions
HOPEsudbury sponsored its 2nd  “A Storied Tour of Homes & Barns,” a self-guided tour of six unique antique homes and barns in Sudbury, celebrating the town’s historic past and the community’s goodwill. All proceeds benefited the work of HOPEsudbury.

HOPEsudbury donates funds to The Sudbury Food Pantry, the Greater Worcester Habitat for Humanity’s Sudbury Project, the Peter M.Goodrich Memorial Foundation, The Women’s Lunch Place in Boston, and KIVA, a nonprofit that organizes international micro-loans.

April 2008—Book Drive
HOPEsudbury colleced more than 300 books for Gcina Molphe and her “Mother of Books” traveling road show. Ms. Molphe is an award-winning South African author and playwright whose mission is to promote understanding and literacy through storytelling and children’s books.  The books collected through HOPEsudbury were shipped to South Africa and distributed among village schools to help build their libraries.

December 2007
HOPEsudbury supported local residents with emergency financial need, distributing close to $30,000 through the HOPEsudbury Community Assistance Fund. Additional funds were used to continue the Moving On Basket project for residents of Sandra’s Lodge in Waltham, MA. Each family leaving the transitional shelter for a new home receives a gift basket of household items and a Wal-Mart gift card.

November 2007—HOPEsudbury Telethon & Auction
The 2007 Telethon & Auction was a great success, raising funds to support the HOPEsudbury Community Assistance Fund, A Suitable Image in Framingham, MA and other charitable causes.

August-September 2007 – Backpacks
In partnership with First Parish of Sudbury, HOPEsudbury sponsored its fifth backpack drive for the children at Sandra’s Lodge, collecting the most backpacks in the event’s history. Special thanks to Cafe Decadence in Sudbury for their outstanding collection efforts.

June 2007
HOPEsudbury donated funds to Women for Women International, which supports women in war-torn regions with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education and small business assistance; The Fisher House, which provides free or low-cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers, and The Children’s Room, based in Arlington, MA, which provides caring support to children and teenagers after the death of a loved one.

May 2007
HOPEsudbury sponsored a Toy Drive to benefit Birthday Wishes, based in Newton, MA, which hosts birthday parties for children in local homeless shelters, and Project Smile, which provides police and fire department emergency responders with toys to help comfort traumatized children. Generous community members donated coloring books and crayons, stuffed animals, children’s books, goody bag items and birthday-themed paper goods.

March 2007
HOPEsudbury welcomed new board members: Paige Gilbert-Goldfarb, Karen LaCamera, Ana Schwartz and Tracy Stewart and said farewell and thanks to departing member Beth Rust.

January 2007
HOPEsudbury suppored an Algerian refuge family living in Sudbury through the Refugee Immigrants Ministry and continued its Moving On Basket project for residents of Sandra’s Lodge, a Waltham, MA homeless shelter, providing a basket of household items and a Target gift card to families leaving the shelter for a new home.

HOPEsudbury received a generous grant from the Sudbury United Methodist Church’s Permanent Endowment Fund to support the Community Assistance Fund.

December 2006
HOPEsudbury supported local residents with emergency financial need, distributing close to $25,000 through the HOPEsudbury Community Assistance Fund.

Year-end donations were made to the Sudbury Food Pantry and the victims of the Danvers, MA chemical plant explosion.

October 2006—HOPEsudbury Telethon & Auction
The show must go on – and so it did. Despite stormy weather and a two-hour power failure, the 2006 Telethon & Auction was a huge success, raising funds to support the HOPEsudbury Community Assistance Fund, the Metrowest Free Medical Program and other charitable causes.

September 2006 – Backpacks
Once again, in partnership with First Parish of Sudbury, HOPEsudbury collected backpacks and school supplies for children at Sandra’s Lodge in Waltham, MA.

June 2006
HOPEsudbury donates funds to Central Asia Institute to support women’s education in Afghanistan; to Friends of the Children, Boston branch, which provides mentoring services to at risk children, and to Refugee Immigrants Ministry, an organization that places political refugees seeking asylum in the Boston Metro area.

April 2006 – A Shout Out to Bosse
A big thank you to Bosse Sports in Sudbury for supporting HOPEsudbury through a raffle held during its Champions Tennis Tournament.

March 2006
HOPEsudbury donates funds to Action Against Hunger for Earthquake Relief in Pakistan; to Homes for Our Troops, the Taunton, MA-based group which builds and remodels homes for severely wounded veterans, and REACH, a domestic violence support agency in Waltham, MA.

December 2005
HOPEsudbury responded to 35 requests from local individuals or families with emergency financial need, distributing just over $16,000 through the Community Assistance Fund.

October 2005—HOPEsudbury Telethon & Auction
Another successful Telethon & Auction raised funds to support the HOPEsudbury Community Assistance Fund, the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton, MA and other charitable causes.

September 2005
HOPEsudbury organized a community drive to collects socks and underwear for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and made a contribution to the American Red Cross for disaster relief associated with Hurricane Katrina.

September 2005
Once again, in partnership with First Parish of Sudbury, HOPEsudbury collected backpacks and school supplies for children at Sandra’s Lodge in Waltham, MA.

April-May, June 2005
In collaboration with the Town of Sudbury, HOPEsudbury sponsored a series of drives, collecting food, toiletries, books and other items for American soldiers stationed in Iraq.

May 2005
HOPEsudbury sponsored “A Storied Tour of Homes & Barns,” a self-guided tour of six unique antique homes and barns in Sudbury, celebrating the town’s historic past and the community’s goodwill. All proceeds benefited the work of HOPEsudbury and the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, a temporary housing facility being built in Boston for cancer patients and their families who travel far for treatment.

January 2005
HOPEsudbury donated funds in support of the Tsunami victims in South Asia through two sources: Action Against Hunger and the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Tsunami Relief Fund.

December 2004
HOPEsudbury responded to 27 requests from local individuals or families with emergency financial need, distributing just under $15,000 through the Community Assistance Fund.

Fall 2004
HOPEsudbury distributed additional humanitarian aid to the American Red Cross for Florida hurricane relief; to the Central Asia Institute, which promotes women’s education in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to Homes for our Troops, a new nonprofit that builds homes for disabled veterans, and to the new Metrowest Free Medical Program, based in Sudbury.

November 2004—HOPEsudbury Telethon & Auction
Hundreds of volunteers and generous donors helped make the 2004 Telethon & Auction our most successful yet. Monies raised will support the HOPEsdubury Community Assistance Fund, the Metrowest Harvest Meals on Wheels Program and other HOPEsudbury causes.

September 2004—Backpack Drive
Once again, in partnership with First Parish of Sudbury, HOPEsudbury collected backpacks and school supplies for children at Sandra’s Lodge, the transitional shelter in Waltham, MA.

June 2004—The Moving On Basket Project
Using funds raised during the 2003 Telethon, HOPEsudbury created 40 gift baskets for residents of Sandra’s Lodge, a homeless shelter in Waltham, MA. When a resident and her family leave the shelter for their own apartment, they take with them a basket filled with household items for their kitchen, bedroom or bath and a $100 Target gift card. A wonderful start to a new life.

In addition, HOPEsudbury helped to refurbish the computer lab at Sandra’s Lodge, providing five fully functional computers, software, Internet access, printers and supplies. Residents are using the computers to do homework, research and to look for employment and housing.

June 4, 2004—Sudbury Golf Classic
Local businessmen Michael Precourt and Paul Cove held their annual charity golf tournament and donated the proceeds to HOPEsudbury. (Our thanks to Mike and Paul!)

May 15, 2004—Honoring Those Who Serve
HOPEsudbury hosted a Community Day at Town Hall. Community members created crafts and cards, and collected toiletries, books, videos and other items to support service personnel stationed in Iraq and to recognize veterans at the Bedford Veterans Home.

November 2003—HOPEsudburyTelethon
The 2nd HOPEsudbury Telethon & Auction delighted the community while raising $28,000 for the HOPEsudbury Community Assistance Fund, Sandra’s Lodge, a homeless shelter in Waltham, MA and other charitable causes.

September 2003—Backpack Drive

In partnership with First Parish of Sudbury, HOPEsudbury collected more than 100 backpacks and ancillary school supplies for children at Sandra’s Lodge, a transitional shelter for single women and their children in Waltham, MA.

May 2003—Comfort Basket Project

HOPEsudbury sponsored a drive to show support for the families of reservists associated with Fort Devens who have family stationed overseas. Community members donated a host of items—books, toys, plants—which were assembled in decorated gift baskets and delivered to 30 local families.

November 2002—HOPEsudbury Telethon
The inaugural Telethon & Auction was a smashing success, raising $26,000 for the HOPEsudbury Community Assistance Fund, New York’s Engine 9-Ladder 6 and other charitable causes.

April 2002—Comfort Basket Project
HOPEsudbury sponsored a community drive to let the families of reservists from Hanscom Air Force Base with loved ones overseas know others were thinking of them. The colorful baskets were filled with stamps, phone cards, candles, plants, disposable cameras and gift certificates.

February 2002—Flags of HOPE Community Day
At our inaugural event, young and old met at Town Hall to create individual Flags of HOPE, which were hung in schools, municipal buildings and businesses around town.  The colorful cloth squares were decorated with the hopes and wishes of Sudbury citizens. The belief, which comes from ancient Tibetan and Nepalese tradition, holds that when the wind blows, our hopes and wishes will be carried around the world.  In addition, participants e-mailed servicemen and women abroad, wrote notes of appreciation to New York firefighters and collected coats and blankets for Afghan refuges.

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