Tag Archives: The Open Door

CELEBRATE GLOUCESTER 2014 ANNOUNCED – STARTING AUG 15th – THE 45th ANNIVERSARY OF WOODSTOCK

BREAKING NEWS: We just announced the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series — three great concerts for three great causes, beginning with Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee John Sebastian on August 15th, the 45th anniversary of his performance at Woodstock.  Get tickets here.

The Open Door’s Empty Bowls Were Full Last Night!

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The Godmother of Gloucester, Sefatia Giambanco Romeo Theken shares her photos from last nights Open Door Empty Bowl event at Cruisport Gloucester! 

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Massachusetts State Senator Bruce Tarr and City Counselor/ “The Godmother” Sefatia Giambanco Romeo Theken

The Godmother writes~“Having a nice espresso after a rewarding evening.  I volunteered tonight for Open Door Empty Bowl it actually is a selfish volunteering because I always get more than I give and I meet the most amazing people have fun and do it for a good cause. I do it cuz I’m selfish. You should try it u will never regret the time you give I never have”

Last nights “Empty Bowl” fundraiser event was one of many held nationally to generate awareness concerning hunger and to raise money for local hunger relief programs.  Proceeds from last nights event will benefit open-door summer meal and mobile market programs.

If you would like to support the Open Door please contact them through their website at info@foodpantry.org or call 978-283-6776

 

 

 

A great 2012 New Year’s resolution DELIVERED to Open Door!

Day to day you see a lot of useless stuff come across social media feeds. If you Like the Open Door Facebook page, you saw this uplifting post come across your screen. This is the  power of one at its best. Setting a goal and accomplishing it for the greater good of the local community! Pure awesomeness!

Roger Corbin set a goal to donate 20 pounds a week to The Open Door and used bottle returns and extreme couponing to hit his goal. Congrats to everyone around who benefits from this truly amazing act of kindness.

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Our Joey Receives Community Builder Award!!!

Joey Ciaramitaro Receives Outstanding Community Builder Award

Highlights from this morning’s The Open Door Autumn Breakfast ~

Joey received the “Outstanding Community Builder Award”–so well-deserved, as anyone who is involved with GMG knows. His love for the people of Gloucester and for our community is evidenced a hundred times a day through his commitment to Good Morning Gloucester. We who are GMG contributors are blessed to share in his passion.

The Open Door Award Recipients

Nicole Duckworth and Family

Amanda Donovan

Joey and Mom ~ She’s so Proud!

Felicia, Joey, Pat, Sefatia,

Sista Felicia, Joey, Pat

Julia LaFontaine, The Open Door Executive Director and Senator Bruce Tarr

Ed Collard, Joey, and Pat

Discounted Shopping, Holiday Treats & Hot Chocolate This Friday in Rockport!

Big stuff in Rockport tomorrow night, December 9th, from 4 to 8pm! Over 30 (thirty!) stores throughout downtown Rockport will be offering discounts and promotions for holiday shoppers. The Old Firehouse Trust in Dock Square will be open serving hot chocolate, coffee and homemade holiday treats. And so that you can do two good deeds at once by shopping local and donating to the food pantry, donations of canned goods can be dropped off at The Old Firehouse Trust building as well.  All donations of food benefit The Open Door, Cape Ann’s food pantry. Come enjoy the festivities and a fun night in downtown Rockport during this holiday season! Feel free to print out this handy shopping map to bring along with you so that you know what’s available tomorrow night – and don’t forget to stop in at The Old Firehouse to make your donation and enjoy something warm to drink!

Just download and print for your Rockport Shopping Guide!

Food Drive for The Open Door!

 

The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner May 12 at Cruiseport Gloucester

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Julie LaFontaine writes-

Hi Joey,
We would really appreciate it if you would let GMG readers know they can mark their calendars for The Open Door’s annual Empty Bowl Dinner on Thursday, May 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester.

The meal is simple—soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this community event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that somewhere someone’s bowl is empty.  We have some really great soups this year, and the bowls are some of the best I have ever seen.

As usual, parking is available at Cruiseport or people can park at Good Harbor Beach and take the trolley service provided by CATA to and from the event site.

Tickets this year are $15 ($10 for children under 10) and available at the door. Cash, check or charge accepted.

All proceeds from this event benefit The Open Door Summer Lunch and The Open Door Mobile Market.

For more information call, 978-283-6776, or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Onward!

GMG/THE OPEN DOOR HOLIDAY COOKIE CONTEST THIS SATURDAY AT CITY HALL!

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Ladies, gentlemen and kids of all ages–fire up those ovens and bring your holiday cookies to Gloucester City Hall on Saturday, December 11th at 1:00pm for the second annual Good Morning Gloucester Holiday Cookie Contest to benefit The Open Door Food Pantry.

Entry fee is $5.00 and two non-perishable food items for The Open Door.

And here are the rules:

You may enter more than one type of cookie but you must donate $5.00 and two non-perishable food items per entry.

Your entries will be judged on the following criteria by qualified food professionals and local notables, all with excellent taste buds:

Taste 40%

Appearance (of cookies and overall presentation) 20%

Texture 20%

Overall Appeal of cookies 20%

And now, the particulars:

You may decorate and garnish your entries with holiday flair as desired, 12 cookies per plate please–presentation is important!

No professional bakers/chefs or culinary arts students allowed to enter please.

No mixes allowed.  All entries must be from scratch.

Three legible copies of recipe must accompany all entries. Please include name, address and telephone number on the BACK of each sheet.  Recipes may be reproduced.  If your recipe is not original (your personal creation), please attribute its origin.

Judging will begin promptly at 1:30 and will conclude when all entries have been judged.  Announcement of the winners will follow the conclusion of judging.

You do not have to be present for announcement of the winners, but it will be more fun if you are.

The decisions of the judges are final.

All cookie entries will be packaged and donated to The Open Door the night of the event.

I am assembling prizes now so if you have something foodie/local/fun you would like to donate to the prize baskets, please let me know.    There will be adult first, second and third prizes and prizes for the kids too!

If you have any additional questions please feel free to email me at laurielufkin@yahoo.com and I will help you.

1st Annual Good Morning Gloucester Holiday Cookie Contest!

Do You Make The Best Holiday Cookies Around and Want To Prove It?

Here’s your chance!

1ST ANNUAL GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER HOLIDAY COOKIE CONTEST

When:  Thursday, December 3rd (Ladies Shopping Night in Gloucester).  Entry turn in 4-5:30 pm, judging begins at 6:00.  No prior registration necessary

Where:  Brown’s Mall, 186 Main Street, Gloucester

Why:  Because we want to find the best cookies around, support the Open Door Food Pantry this holiday season and have fun with food at the same time in a contest that does not involve giant burgers or fiery foods for a change.

Entry fee: $5.00 and two non perishable food items to be donated to the Open Door.

Your entries will be judged on the following criteria by qualified food professionals and local notables, all with excellent taste buds:

Taste 40%

Appearance (of cookies and overall presentation) 20%

Texture 20%

Overall Appeal of cookies 20%

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st place, individual entry

2nd place, individual entry

3rd place, individual entry

One 1st place prize for a youth/family entry.

The prizes will be fabulous and available for viewing when you drop off your entry the night of the event–trust us on this one–and the bragging rights are just an extra!

And now, the particulars:

You may decorate and garnish your entries with holiday flair as desired, 12 cookies per plate please.

You may enter as many different cookie submissions as you wish but you must pay an additional $5.00 and two more non perishable food items for The Open Door per entry.

No professional bakers/chefs allowed to enter please.

No mixes allowed.  All entries must be from scratch.

Three legible copies of recipe must accompany all entries. Please include name, address and telephone number on the back of each sheet.  Recipes become the property of www.goodmorningloucester.com and may be reproduced.  If your recipe is not original (your personal creation), please attribute its origin.

Judging will begin promptly at 6:00 and will conclude when all entries have been judged

You do not have to be present for announcement of the winners, but it will be more fun if you are.

The decisions of the judges are final.

All cookie entries will be packaged and donated to The Open Door the night of the event.