Back in January, thirty-three members of the YMCA Teen Leaders Club embarked on their annual "Rockathon to Feed Cape Ann’s Hungry" – with each member rocking in a rocking chair for 24-sleepless hours from 8am Saturday through 8am Sunday. Each Y Teen Leader committed to solicit and collect a minimum of 230 cans. Youth spent weeks soliciting and then collecting donations of non-perishable food items. In order to accommodate prospective donors who might have difficulty carting caseloads of cans, the club established a "two-for-a-dollar" rate for financial donations for Open Door.
Through the efforts of this fantastic group of local youth, 7749 cans and other non-perishable food items were earned and distributed to the Open Door, St. Vincent DePaul Society and directly to local families in need.
On March 10th, the YMCA Teen Leaders Club welcomed special guest Julie LaFontaine, Executive Director of the Open Door to attend their weekly meeting. After Julie thanked the teens for their consistently strong efforts year after year, club members proudly presented a $2075 donation – the fiscal culmination of the groups’ collections. The YMCA Teen Leaders Club would like to officially recognize our top three solicitors: Alex Jones-770, Steven Verga-554 and Shannon Gallagher-536. We would also like to extend thanks to our families, friends, neighbors and the community for such a tremendous outpouring of support for others in need. Also, special thanks for donations to Dominos Pizza and Carroll K. Steele Insurance for our meals.
Other participants include: Noah Ashe, Paul Bondarev, Heather Boudrow, Cheyanne Fanala, Colby Ferris , Victoria Flannagan, Alex Henry, Katt Kariores, Sofia Lane , Ardrianna Lombardo, Rosie, Luce, Jared Marshall, Christian O’Donnell, Lindsay Parrish, Matt Pastagal, Kevin Redmond, Nathan Rubin, Jeff. St. Peter, Brandon Stewart, Breanna Silva, Antonio Saputo, Andreaz Saputo, Tiffany Sonia, Danielle Thibodeau, Keith Todd, Molly White, Zach White, Andrew Widtfeldt, Nikki Williamson & Robyn Wonson.