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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!
The Open Door
Today’s Globe North Best Bets column features 4 events and the first 2 listed are in Gloucester. Here’s what they say:
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 .
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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."
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.
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!
Donations accepted November 1st – 19th
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
Community Service Award
Val Gilman and Jared Gilman
Outstanding Community Builder
Good Morning Gloucester
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
Listen for the GMG shout out from Charlie.
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.
The snowdrifts are piled high, but spring is on the way! The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner is right around the corner, and we need help decorating bowls for our annual May event.
The Open Door is hosting a free bowl decorating evening with North Shore 104.9 on Tuesday, February 15, at 28 Emerson Avenue in Gloucester, from 6 to 8 p.m. for anyone interested in trying their hand at painting a bowl design. The event is fun and children are welcome, but we need to know how many are coming. Reservations can be made by calling 978-283-6776 ext. 205 or e-mailing us at email@example.com.
We think it would be wicked cool if GMG came to document the event, and maybe decorated a bowl. What do you think? Attached file has the important info. We would really appreciate it if you could let GMG readers know they can participate.
Julie LaFontaine ,Executive Director
The Open Door