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4th Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser to Support YMCA Teens Service Mission to New Orleans

4th Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser
FAT Tuesday, February 12, 2013 11:30am- close
Teen Leaders from across the North Shore YMCA Service area will make their 4th trip to New Orleans, Louisiana to assist in rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina disaster.  Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. and though many years have passed since Katrina destroyed most of New Orleans and its neighboring communities, there’s still work to be done to bring this area back to “normal”.
 
“The devastation is vast, even years later”, explains Rick Doucette, Executive Director of Teen and Camp Services at the Cape Ann YMCA.  “This is a tremendous opportunity for local teens to help make a profound and lasting difference in the lives of people who so desperately need a helping hand.”   Travel, lodging and meal expenses are estimated at $1,100 per youth.  Our hope is to fully fund each teen’s trip through a collaborative effort with local donors and businesses doing events over the next couple months.  The Latitude 43 event is in its 4th year, and, like the trip itself, and has become a high point of our year; kicking off our fundraising efforts in preparation for the trip.”
 
“The event has been a big success for the teens raising travel money in past years. And it’s become a very important part of our connection to the community”, said Zak Sears, General Manager of Latitude 43 and Minglewood Tavern.  “Even our music this year is locally based and totally donated. The guys from The Runaround are my friends and a few are my cousins.  So when I asked them to help out, they agreed without hesitation.  This is Gloucester”.
 
The teen participants are involved in the preparations as much as they are the actual mission.  Dressed in Mardi Gras costumes, handing out beads and selling raffle tickets the night of is only part of their commitment to the success of their trip. Teens are credited for all of the in-kind (raffle item) donations they secure for the event.
 
“We believe this should be a team effort, and that the kids learn as much from having to work for their trip as they do in actually going to New Orleans,” Doucette explains.  “And by soliciting their own raffle items, they are reaching out within their own circles to build awareness for the trip and for the importance of our work in Louisiana.  These teens really get so much throughout the process to the end of the journey; their feedback in our Trip Reflections always show amazing insight and gratitude.”
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Event Details
Special supplemental "Cajun" Menu available throughout both Latitude 43 and Minglewood for both lunch and dinner.
Live Entertainment in Minglewood Tavern from 7:30-10:30PM provided by:
The Runaround – Local Ska sensations
Reservations for dinner in the Latitude 43 Dining Room strongly recommended. Lunch reservations in Lat43 also available. Minglewood Tavern is first-come, first-serve.
Latitude 43 Restaurant & Bar
25 Rogers Street Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930 Phone: 978-281-0223
http://www.latfortythree.com
http://www.minglewoodtavern.com

There will also be Raffles for Goods and Services, a 50/50 Raffle and other events planned throughout the evening.

Want to help MORE? This year, a second Mardi Gras Themed event has been added to raise more funds as the participant list has grown with the inclusion of the other North Shore Y Teen Groups – a concert at the historic Larcom Theater in Beverly featuring Henri Smith and Charles Neville on February 8th , with  50% of ticket sales donated to the trip.

Charles Neville is a Grammy winner and Henri Smith is both an incredible entertainer and a New Orleans native. The theater is a piece of history and the night will be one to remember. Tickets available through http://www.gimmesound.com

As they say in New Orleans, "Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler". Let the good times roll……

 

Mardi Gras 2013

Sylvia Tickets to Support The Dog Park Nov 17th

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The Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative (CAT) has generously dedicated a night to The Gloucester Dog Park by donating a portion of the proceeds to the November 17th performance of Sylvia to the dog park for the much needed funds to open by park by summer 2012. Please come and support both CAT and Dogs for this great event.
Sylvia is a play about a dog, the couple who adopts her, and the drama that results. It was written by A.R. Gurney and was first produced in 1995. This story about when a mid-life crisis threatens to unravel a marriage and a dog becomes the center of an unlikely love triangle in a heartwarming tale that examines relationships and the search for meaning in life, a hilarious romp that will have you howling for more.
The benefit will be held at Gorton Theater, home of the Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The reception and silent auction begins at 6:00 PM and the performance begins at 7:30. Get there early to bid on great items for both humans and canines! At intermission there will be a free raffle for a prize and be sure you stay for the entire performance as winners for the silent auction items will be announced that evening right after the show.
Tickets are available for Sylvia at the Weathervane, Animal Krackers (Gloucester & Rockport stores) and now The Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply.
If paying by check, please make the checks out to The Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative. Contact our volunteers if you are interested in tickets or have any questions at gloucesterdogpark@gmail.com

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Savour Wine and Cheese // Thank You For Your Support!

Kathleen Powers Erickson and Robert A. Morgan write-

Hello everyone,

Many of you now know of the fire at Savour last Thursday night.  The cause was a misplaced lit cigarette in an upstairs apartment.  Both Beach Gourmet and Savour Wine and Cheese lost everything.  Because the adjacent building went up in flames, 5 families are now homeless.  So, this has been quite traumatic for many of us.  However, no one was injured.  We are doing well and WE WILL REBUILD as soon as possible (not in this location)!

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Just to let you know, Matt, John, Bob Morgan, my partner, and I are discussing a full business partnership, in which the concept of Savour might be expanded to include catering, cooking demonstrations and classes, as well as prepared foods.  We have also looked at several properties and expect to sign a deal for a new location in Gloucester some time this week.  Of course, we cannot get going again until we settle with the insurance company, so that may take some time.  BUT – it is our hope to reopen before Thanksgiving, so say a prayer for that, please.

Many of you have asked how you can help.  First, as I have no income, I am still going ahead with the wine classes.  The 5-part series will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Alchemy (3 Duncan St.) at 7:30 pm.  I still have a few places available and would like a full class.  (In fact, if we have more than 12 signed up, I will hold another session on a different day, Monday or Thursday evenings).  Call my cell at 312 286-1924 to sign up, or just send an email – kathleenperickson@gmail.com  Being able to teach, to go on, and to earn a little income would be a tremendous help right now.  If you would like a flyer on the class, which you can pass along, just email me, and I will send it.

Also – as I mentioned, we are looking for new space, so contact me if you see something that might work for our new location.

Finally, some of Matt and John’s personal chef clients have contacted them to suggest a fundraiser, so as I learn more details, I will let you know.  Matt will cook, and I can provide wine and give a presentation.  I will write again soon, and will keep everyone posted.  We don’t want you to forget about us!

So, thank you once again for all your wonderful support.  We will rise again out of the rubble to be bigger, better, and stronger!

Sincerely,

Kathleen Powers Erickson and Robert A. Morgan

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