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Madame Mayor Visits The Open Door

Hi Joey,
The Open Door was lucky enough to be one of eight nonprofit organizations receiving a grant from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation this quarter in the form of a $7,500 grant.
Madame Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken recently visited the food pantry where she helped Kevin Brisson, our food pantry shift leader, stock the vegetable cooler with fresh produce before the last big storm. I sent along a few pictures to show how we are putting this resource to work for the community!
“BJ’s Charitable Foundation is proud to provide assistance to eight local nonprofit organizations that are committed to improving the lives of those in each of their communities,” said Jessica Newman, executive director for the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, in a statement. “These donations will assist thousands of individuals and families in the areas of hunger prevention, education, healthcare and self-sufficiency.”

A quote from me? “This is wicked awesome! Thank you, BJ’s for investing in our community.”

A reminder to readers and anyone out there who needs help, we are here to help. Don’t be shy!

Onward!


Julie LaFontaine
Executive Director
The Open Door

HALF OF GLOBE NORTH BEST BETS ARE IN GLOUCESTER THIS WEEKEND

Today’s Globe North Best Bets column features 4 events and the first 2 listed are in Gloucester.  Here’s what they say:

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Gloucester: Gloucester Stage Company closes its current season with August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fences.” The play tells the story of a former Negro baseball leagues star working as a garbage man in Pittsburgh in 1957. Thursday through Sept. 7. $35, $40. Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com .

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Gloucester: The Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series presents blues artist James Montgomery, joined by Danielle Miraglia, Marissa Licata, Sax Attax Horns, and Willie Loco Alexander. Friday, 8 p.m. $25-$55. A portion of proceeds will go to The Open Door food pantry. Waterfront Pavilion, Cape Ann Marina, 75 Essex Ave. www.gimmelive.tv

Looks like the editors of the Boston Globe know where to go for top entertainment north of Boston.

Aren’t you glad you live here?

Painting Bowls at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Support of The Open Door

Painting Bowls at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Support of The Open Door

Addison Gilbert Hospital hosted a bowl painting on February 26th in support of The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner.

Hospital employees, their family and friends painted over 40 bowls for the Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner to take place on

Thursday, May 8, Cruiseport Gloucester from 4-8 p.m.  Everyone had fun for a great cause.

www.foodpantry.org

The Open Door 3-Minute Shopping Spree Winner!

Hi Joey,

Kathi Murphy ran The Open Door 3-Minute Shopping Spree this morning at Market Basket filling her cart with more than $1500 worth of groceries to help feed her big family for the next year! Congratulations to Kathi for a good run!

The Shopping Spree Raffle is offered each year as a fundraiser for The Open Door! Watch next August for your chance to enter and WIN!

Happy holidays and Onward!
Julie

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O’Maley Innovation Middle School Food Drive for Open Door Food Pantry

Food Drive for Open Door Food Pantry

O’Maley Innovation Middle School students participated in an all-school food drive for the Open Door Food Pantry for two weeks prior to Thanksgiving. Over 1400 pounds of items were gathered to help families in need. The O’Maley SAILS program (Service, Integrity, Acceptance, Leadership, Success) emphasizes Service in our community and this year’s annual food drive was a wonderful opportunity for students to put the school community’s values into practice. It was a great success!

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Second Glance, the biggest thrift shop in Gloucester

My first review in my series on second-hand stores in Gloucester is “Second Glance” (2 Pond Rd., Gloucester), the thrift shop of Open Door, a local hunger-relief charity.

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It has a wide selection of items, including clothes, kitchen utensils, books, CD’s, toys (in small quantities, from what I’ve seen), dishes, knickknacks, furniture, etc.  It is well organized, clean, and affordably priced.

The place is often busy, so there is a fairly quick turnover of popular items. It’s worth checking back often – and if you see something you want, get it while you can!

They have ample hours, Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., both for purchasing and for donating.  Proceeds go to support the Open Door hunger relief efforts.  So whether you are looking for a useful item for your home or your wardrobe, or you have items in good condition that you want to pass on to another owner, this is a good place to go!

But just because it’s awesome, doesn’t mean it has everything all the time. The other locations I will be reviewing are well worth checking out too!

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Sat, May 4th: You want to see the guy who turned down offers from major labels to do his music his own way!

And he’s got a heart.  Check this out from the Old Sloop website:
Garnet Rogers and Old Sloop Coffeehouse encourage attendees to bring non-perishable food items to this concert to be donated toThe Cape Ann Open Door Food Pantry. Donors will receive a free drink as a thank-you.

Sounds like my kinda guy!  Get tickets here.

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Good Egg Report From Martin Del Vecchio

Martin writes-

Gloucester residents Calvin Del Vecchio (9) and Treely Dowd (8) decided that they didn’t need any presents at their joint Ninja birthday party.  Instead, they asked each guest to bring a small donation for The Open Door.

They raised a total of $87, which they presented to Julie LaFontaine, Executive Director of The Open Door.  She said, "Donations like this touch the heart and inspire us all to give what we can to help make a difference in our community."

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Chickity Check It- Be Grateful Project – Open Door and the Cape Ann Food Pantry From Jen Amero

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Jen Amero writes-

Continuing the Be Grateful Project through the holiday season with a nod to Gloucester’s own Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry. Under the energized direction of Julie Hazen LaFontaine, the Open Door offers a free grocery store and community meals for the needy, the elderly and the lonely at their Emerson Ave location as well as neighborhood, senior care and school-based mobile farmers’ markets and a second hand clothing and furniture shop at it’s "Second Glace" resale boutique on Pond Road.

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For the rest of her blog post about The Open Door Pantry click here

1 Free Personal Training Session and 2 Hours Gymazing Child Care With One Grocery Bag of Non-Perishable Items At The MAC

Donate one grocery bag of non-perishable items to Manchester Athletic Club and receive-
(1) Personal Training Session &
(2) hours of child care in our Gymazing! Center.
All non-perishables will be donated to The Open Door Food Pantry!
www.foodpantry.org
Donations accepted November 1st – 19th

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Open Door Autumn Breakfast Thursday October 25th

AUTUMN BREAKFAST

Breakfast is FREE. Donations accepted.

Thursday, October 25 Cruiseport Gloucester

6 Rowe Square

7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

RSVP by Monday, October 22

978-283-6776 ext. 205
Register to reserve a seat
http://theopendoorautumnbreakfast-eorg.eventbrite.com

Founders’ Award

Leslie Pearlman

Helen Muise

Community Service Award

Bruce Gordon

Sharon Muddiman

Unsung Hero

Val Gilman and Jared Gilman

Lisa Reis

Outstanding Community Builder

Joey Ciaramitaro
Good Morning Gloucester

Community Stuff Monday

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Broadcast Interview with Local Author

Charles L. Fields

Charles will discuss his latest riveting travel mystery-adventure

Tainted Dish along with his other titles.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 9:30 am ET

Streamed live via the Internet and available 24/7 by podcast at

www.tantalk1340.com

Listen for the GMG shout out from Charlie.

Cape Ann TimeBank paints some bowls for the Empty Bowl

Some great folks from the Cape Ann TimeBank came down to Art Haven yesterday to paint some beautiful bowls for Open Door’s Empty Bowl fundraiser coming up on May 10th!

Julie LaFontaine from the Open Door

Did you know the Open Door feeds over 14% of Gloucester’s people?  They need donations!

Click on the picture above to play the video and find out how you can help.

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