---- — Recently, women from all over Essex County filled the ballroom at the Peabody Marriott Hotel for The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s 11th annual Grant Awards Luncheon.
The luncheon featured “Homeless to Harvard” student Dawn Loggins, interviewed by award-winning news anchor Natalie Jacobson. Thirteen Essex County agencies were honored, grant recipients under this year’s funding focus of “Leadership & Empowerment: including the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Girls Inc. of Lynn, Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area/a Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center Affiliate, Gloucester Writers Center, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lifebridge, Pathways for Children, Raw Art Works, Salem YMCA, Tri-Town Council and YWCA of Greater Lawrence.
The Women’s Fund extends special thanks to all of its generous business sponsors of the Grant Awards Luncheon: Brookwood School; Glovsky & Glovsky LLC; Lahey Health; McCue Corporation; Oakmont Partners LLC; Robie Properties; Salem Five Charitable Foundation; Shore Country Day School and Zampell Refractories.
“The evidence is overwhelming — empowering and educating women and girls is not only a matter of fairness and gender equality, but doing so also makes sound economic sense resulting in stronger families and communities,” said Susan Barry, Advisory Board President.
The Women’s Fund is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation located in Danvers. For more information, please visit www.thewomensfundec.org
Coady’s drivers collecting forToys for Tots
LAWRENCE — Coady’s Towing workers driving floats in the Methuen and Andover Santa parades are collecting donations for the Toys for Tots holiday gift drive.
Coady’s trucks will be pulling floats in the Nov. 23 Santa Parade in Methuen and the Dec. 1 parade in Andover, said Coady’s driver William Page.
Unwrapped toys for the holiday giving program will be collected during both parades, he said.
For more information or to make a toy donation if you’re not going to either parade, contact Page at 978-479-8833.
Coady’s is headquartered at 139 Marston St., Lawrence.
Holiday Tree and Feast held at MSPCA
METHUEN — MSPCA at Nevins Farm will host its signature holiday event, Holiday Tree and Christmas Feast for the Horses on Saturday, Dec. 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Join in the festivities, enjoy light refreshments and holiday music, peruse our raffle table and tour our adoption center and barn.
Children can bring carrots, apples and peppermints to help fill the horses’ stockings and the family can gather together on our lawn to watch our beautiful holiday tree, decorated in ornaments honoring donor’s pets, come to light. A very jolly guest will also make an appearance, led by some of our adoptable horses!
Guests are invited to bring their own cameras and complete the evening with a picture with Santa. Dog friendly dogs are welcome to attend this magical event, too!
Nevins Farm is located at 400 Broadway in Methuen. Questions? Please call Julia Pesek at 978-687-7453 x 6161 or at Jpesek@mspca.org
Help families with pets
NORTH ANDOVER – Bulger Veterinary Hospital in North Andover is working with the Merrimack Valley Food Bank to collect pet food for families struggling to put food on the table this holiday season. Bulger has run this food drive every year since 2010, and while it collects pet food year round, it also acknowledges that the holiday season can be especially difficult for some families.
In 2012 thanks to the generosity of staff and clients, Bulger was able to donate 405 pounds to Neighbors in Need through CoPal. This year Bulger will be donating to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. They are one of four food banks in Massachusetts that serves food pantries, shelters and meal programs that in turn, serve individuals and families. Enabling food banks to provide families with pet food can make the difference between keeping their pet through difficult times, and giving them up to a shelter.
Those who would like to help these families in need can donate unopened, non-expired bags or cans of food for pets. The Merrimack Valley Food Bank will accept food for dogs, cats and small mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets.
Donations can be dropped off at Bulger Veterinary Hospital, 247 Chickering Road in North Andover 24 hours per day — either at the front door between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., or at the Emergency entrance on the side from 8 p.m. onwards, seven days per week. Your donation can make a difference in someone’s life.