Community Events

Branch Street Fire Victims Relief Fund
 
Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the tragic fire on Branch Street - Lowell. If you would like to help, you can make a donation to the Branch Street Fire Victims Relief Fund at any Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union branch locations. Click here for list of locations
 
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — An intense fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors. The victims in this former mill city about 25 miles northwest of Boston were all found in units on the top floor of the building, which had a liquor store on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors, fire officials said. To read more about this story, please click here

The 2014 Pan-Mass Challenge

 
The Pan-Mass Challenge is a pioneer of the athletic fundraising industry and today raises more money for charity than any other single event in the country. On August 2 & 3, 2014, more than 5,500 cyclists will ride in the 35th annual event with the goal of raising $40 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The PMC, an annual bike-a-thon that spans up to 190 miles, is a model of fundraising efficiency, donating 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar to the cause. Since the PMC's 1980 inception, the event has raised $414 million. For more information about the PMC, visit pmc.org.
 
When: The 35th annual PMC is set for August 2 & 3, 2014. The ride has two starting lines in Sturbridge and in Wellesley, and various finish lines in Provincetown, Bourne, Wellesley and Foxborough (Patriot Place). Routes offer one-day and two-day riding options.
 
The Ride: The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is a fully supported bike-a-thon — with food and water stops, mechanical and medical assistance, luggage transportation, and lodging — that runs through 46 towns across Massachusetts. Approximately 5,500 cyclists ride in the event. Cyclists choose from 12 routes of varying mileage designed to cater to all levels of cycling strength and time availability. There are six two-day routes that range from 153 to 190 miles and five one-day rides that range from 25 to 110 miles.
 

'WAYS TO LIVE FOREVER' benefit screening and reception
 
When: August 13th, 2014
 
Where: Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA.
 
Based on British author Sally Nicholls’ popular novel published by Scholastic, the story centers on Sam, a spunky 12-year-old leukemia patient, and his best friend/fellow-patient, Felix. Together, they set out to achieve their dreams and despite dealing with illness, learn some inspirational lessons about family, friends, and the oddities of life. The inspirational and surprisingly humorous film provides an insider’s look at how cancer affects both patients and their families, but also leaves viewers feeling both uplifted and inspired by the incredible way that these two courageous boys really LIVED life to the fullest.
 
World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation has teamed up with numerous health organizations, hospitals, and cancer foundations throughout the country (including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and many more in support of the film, and are donating a portion of the box office proceeds to the Boston chapter of LLS.  A video with Johns Hopkins’ Pediatric Oncology director can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mZ_ZRMJn6U
 
For more information, please visit the film's website and Facebook pages at:
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Military Appreciation Day
 
What: Porter & Chester is sponsoring a Military Appreciation Day with free admission for a day filled with food, games and military recognition.
 
Where: Porter & Chester, 5 Campanelli Circle, Canton, MA
 
When: Saturday, August 17th from 10am-2pm
 
Cost: Free

Cycle the High Hills, the 7th Annual Ride to Benefit Wediko

 
Cycle the High Hills is truly a ‘ride like no other’ and we hope you'll join us! Choose the athletic and fundraising challenge that's right for you. There is something for everyone! Each route offers a tour of the high hills surrounding Windsor, NH. Riders and volunteers are invited on Friday evening for dinner and to spend the night on the campus of the Wediko School and Wediko Summer Program.
 
The ride benefits Wediko Children's Services, a not-for-profit that has been transforming young lives for nearly 80 years. Participation in one of Wediko's programs - our residential school, therapeutic summer program, home-based and school-based services builds skills and restores hope.
 
Date: September 13th at 7:30am-7:00pm
 
Where: The Wediko School, Windsor, NH
 
Fundraise cost: Riders can select either the 25, 50, or 100 mile route. Fundraising requirements coincide with the route distance (participants riding 25 miles commit to raise $250, 50 mile participants must raise a minimum of $500, and if you're up for a challenge, the 100 mile/$1,000 challenge will be a lot of fun!
 

A FAB Night for Charity
 
What: Live auction, raffles, DJ, face painting, food with all proceeds benefiting the Looking and Feeling FAB Inc. This provides prevention methods and treatments to people with skin side effects from chemo, radiation, and surgery.
 
Where: The Whitman VFW, 95 Essex St, Whitman, MA
 
When: Sunday, September 14th, 2014 from 2-7pm
 

 

Cost: $10/person, kids 12 and under are free.

 

Massachusetts Designated Driver Program "Good to Drive?"

Every year alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts kill nearly 200 people and seriously injure thousands more. Many of these deaths and injuries could be prevented through the greater use of designated drivers. The program is designed to promote the use of designated drivers and reduce drunk-driving related deaths and injuries in Massachusetts. The program was launched in Boston and Worcester in June and is now being rolled out to additional communities. In conjunction with the extended roll-out, the Lieutenant Governor has recorded a PSA about the program. To learn more about the program, log onto www.mass.gov/goodtodrive.


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