Opportunity Works will hold its 40th annual celebration on May 17 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Bradford Country Club. The event will feature a performance by Beatlejuice, New England’s premier Beatles cover band.
Tickets are $40 each or two for $75. The event will also include snacks and a cash bar, as well as raffle tickets for a six-night cruise to Bermuda or the Bahamas, donated by Norwegian Cruise Lines. The winning ticket will be drawn at the 40th event. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100 and are available through May 17. You do not need to be present to win. For tickets, visit online at http://opportunityworks.net and click on the link under Upcoming Events. More information is available from Deborah Andrews at 978-358-5803 or email@example.com. Proceeds benefit Opportunity Works capital campaign.
Opportunity Works Inc. provides employment, specialized day habilitation, community, and recreational services and programs for adults with disabilities.
Boys Scouts to honor three citizens May 22
Prominent local business leader Ann Regan Flynn, Team Haverhill heavyweight and financial consultant Tim Jordan, and beloved sports coach Don Wilson will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community on May 22, when they receive the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Yankee Clipper Council of the Boy Scouts of America. This award is for individuals who have been unselfish in their service to others and have demonstrated integrity and genuine concern for others in their professional and personal lives, making important contributions serving their fellow citizens, community, and nation.
Regan Flynn is president of Regan Ford, a Haverhill family business for 70 years. Her many philanthropic activities have included staunch support of the Tribute to Women, board membership of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill, Central Catholic Church, and the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. Her priority now is Merrimack Valley Hospice, which helps people experience love and dignity at the end of their lives.
Tim Jordan has owned and operated Jordan Financial & Insurance Services for 18 years in Haverhill, where he is extremely active in the community. He is most closely associated with Team Haverhill, where he was deeply involved with the Essex Street Gateway Community Mural, the Art Walk on the Bradford Rail Trail and chairing the River Ruckus festival. His service to the community also includes membership in the Haverhill Rotary Club, a board member of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Haverhill Foundation and the Sacred Heart Parish Finance Committee. Additionally, Jordan coaches in the Haverhill YMCA basketball and Riverside Bradford baseball leagues.
Don Wilson, owner of Wilson’s Screen Printing, has been an indefatigable sports coach in Haverhill since the 1970s. He has taught skating at the Haverhill Youth Program, run hockey camps at Salem State College, and was assistant coach at Haverhill High School for 14 years. He has brought the joy of skating to people with people with special needs for 20 years at Haverhill’s rink through the STARS program.
The awards night is May 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at DiBurro’s in Ward Hill. All proceeds will be used to support scouting and youth development activities in greater Haverhill. For tickets, contact Ruth Crocker at 978 372 0591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is also available online at www.yccbsa.org.
Annual Road Race on tap May 24
The Methuen Sons of Italy will host their “Run for the Vets” 5K Road Race/Walk and 1K Walk for kids will be held on May 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the Methuen Sons of Italy Lodge, 459 Merrimack St., Methuen. This is the event’s 25th year. Funds raised will go to Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill to help fund counseling for veterans, and to Merrimack Valley Hospice. The event honors our armed forces and veterans as well as Lou Peters, for his long-standing “Iron Man” approach to road races. Peters’ competitiveness and dedication to physical fitness has served as an example to the running community throughout New England, organizers said.
All runners and walkers may designate a person or persons on their application form that they wish to honor by their participation. Certificates will be available to keep or present to who you wish. As well as trophies and cash prizes for the first three male and female finishers in the 5K race, trophies will go to the first three male and female finishers who are veterans or active military personnel. Special awards category for Sons of Italy members.
A youth race for ages 5 to 14 will be held prior to the main race. Register online at www.coolrunning.com. Runners and walkers can register for the events from 7 a.m. to approximately 9:30 a.m. at the Lodge on the morning of the race. The youth races start at 8 a.m. and the walk for non-runners starts at 8:30 a.m.
A homemade pasta meal follows the races along with raffle of prizes donated by various sponsors. A special discount on entry to both races which constitute the Memorial Weekend Challenge is available. Finish both the Sons of Italy 5K Race on May 24 and the Baldi 5 Mile River Run in Haverhill on May 25 and receive a special commemorative cup. More information is available from Marshall McCloskey at 617-548-9877.