On March 29, leaders from all sectors of Boston’s philanthropic community gathered at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel for Summer Search Boston’s annual Leadership Dinner, the group announced in a press release. Among those honored for fostering Summer Search’s mission of helping economically disadvantaged youth complete high school and attain a college degree was Dawn Frazier-Bohnert of Watertown, senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Frazier-Bohnert has led Liberty Mutual’s diversity and inclusion strategy and programs since joining the company in 2013. Before coming to Liberty Mutual, she was chief administrative officer and partner at Global Novations; vice president, global diversity and inclusion with The Gillette Company; and held HR leadership positions at Lotus/IBM, Fidelity Investments, and Millennium Pharmaceuticals. A graduate of Boston University who also attended Mount Holyoke College, Frazier-Bohnert served on the board of the Black Achievers Branch of the YMCA of Greater Boston and was a Big Sister volunteer for over ten years.
H&K Insurance in Watertown announced it is collecting donations for the Watertown Food Pantry. H&K recently set up their collection display and are asking for non-perishable items or monetary donations. According to Kathleen Cunningham, Coordinator for the Watertown Food Pantry, the items most in need are peanut butter, cold cereal, cooking oil, tuna fish, tomato sauce, cannellini beans and strawberry preserves. “We’re really excited about raising awareness and support for the Watertown Food Pantry. They’re a great organization and we’re honored to support them,” said Brian Kilcoyne, President of H&K Insurance. H&K Insurance, who has been serving Watertown and the surrounding area since 1961, also participates in Faire in the Square in September and a yearly Toys for Tots drive in partnership with ServiceMaster by Gilmore in December. Donations can be brought to H&K’s office at 182 Main Street from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday, with the exception of 4 o’clock closure on Friday.
The Watertown Rotary held their first Service Saturday, this past Saturday, February 24. Over 40 were in attendance, according to a write up from Watertown Rotary. The day started out at The Watertown Boys and Girls Club where projects sites were described. The five service sites included Wayside Youth Center, The Residence at Watertown Square, Watertown Health Center, The Carroll
Center for the Blind and The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. Volunteers then divided into teams and went off to their sites where they cleaned, organized, made health packets, painted and spent time with elderly patients.
The Rotary Club of Watertown will host its first Service Saturday on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the group is looking for places where volunteers can lend a hand. The Rotary Club sent out this announcement:
We are looking for projects than can accommodate anywhere from 5 or 6 to 20+ volunteers. We will have volunteers of all ages and physical abilities so we are open to all kinds of projects: painting, yard work (assuming the weather is OK), card writing, reading to seniors, helping a family or seniors move furniture, etc. Interested organizations/people can reach out to Lilia at email@example.com
Once again this year the Watertown Police Department will host a 5K run and walk to commemorate the anniversary of the events that led to the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
The Watertown Police Finish Strong 5k Run/Walk begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2018 starting and finishing at Tufts Health Plan 705 Mount Auburn Street in Watertown. Mission: The Watertown Police Relief Association, Watertown Supervisors Association and Watertown Patrol officers Association will commemorate the 5th anniversary of the events that led to the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects by inviting the community to fill the streets of Watertown in a 5K celebratory road race and walk.Proceeds to benefit the WPRA, WPSA and the WPA. Proceeds from this event will benefit the WPSA, local charity & victim funds, One Fund, Watertown Police Foundation and the new foundation to support youth community programming and school safety initiatives
Course: The course is fast and fairly flat 3.1 miles (5k). Prizes to top male/female finishers plus various age categories. Runners and walkers welcome and for safety purposes, no skateboards, rollerblades/skates, bicycles, or animals can be taken on the course.
The Watertown Rotary Club would like to invite you to our first ever Service Saturday, Feb. 24 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Service Saturday provides local residents the opportunity to engage with the local community. On Feb. 24, volunteers will first gather at the Watertown Boys & Girls Club. From there, participants will pick from service activities to engage in for two hours.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has announced that Watertown Cooperative Nursery School, Inc. was awarded $500 from the Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. Joy Kolonoski, an employee of Harvard Pilgrim Institute, nominated the organization for the award. Funds will be used for new classroom equipment for the preschool. To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and the Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. This program allows each Harvard Pilgrim employee to award a $500 grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the local
charity of his or her choice each calendar year.
The lights went up, the decorations were placed just right and the judges looked for the Watertown home with the best Holiday display.
The winner of the 2017 Watertown Holiday Lighting and Decorations was 144 Lovell Road. The contest was sponsored by Watertown Real Estate Agent Bob Airasian
The home was chosen from several homes around town nominated to be in the contest. The owners of the winning home will receive a $250 American Express Gift Card and a $250 donation to the Watertown-based charity or nonprofit of the winner’s choice. The home on Lovell had lighting all around the home, in trees and had candle shaped lights in each window. The display also featured several inflatable Christmas characters and lit candy canes.
Belmont Savings Bank recently collected more than 100 gifts for the upcoming annual Big Wishes Gift Drive to benefit the Home for Little Wanderers, according to a bank press release. Several bank branches, including Watertown, started the drive on Thanksgiving Day. Residents interested in participating were encouraged to stop by the branches and select an ornament from the giving tree that was on display. Each ornament indicated the age and gender of a child, as well as the type of gift needed. All gifts collected from the drive were delivered to the Home for Little Wanderers before Christmas.