Seventeen Watertown Residents Riding 2018 Pan-Mass Challenge

The Pan-Mass Challenge provided the following information:
On Aug. 4 and 5, seventeen riders from Watertown will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) with the goal of topping last year’s record-breaking gift and raising $52 million for critical cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During PMC weekend, over 6,200 cyclists from more than 40 states and seven countries will gather in Massachusetts to participate in the PMC. Riders include everyone from seasoned triathletes to weekend warriors and range in age from 15 to 84. Many ride to honor a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for cancer, and more than 850 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients themselves, and considered Living Proof of the PMC mission.

Watertown Boys & Girls Club Awarded $100K Grant from Cummings Foundation

Watertown Boys & Girls Club is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Watertown-based organization was chosen from a total of 597 applicants, during a competitive review process. Watertown Boys & Girls Club provides after-school and summer programming for youth ages 7-18 from Watertown and the surrounding communities. The mission of the Club is to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Representing Watertown Boys & Girls Club, Renee Gaudette, the Club’s Executive Director, joined approximately 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector.

3 Watertown Non-Profits Receive Grants from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

The following information was provided by theHarvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation:

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has announced that three Watertown non-profit organizations were awarded a total of $1,500 from the Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. The organizations receiving funds are:
Asperger/Autism Network ($500)
Relay for Life Watertown ($500)
Saint Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School ($500)
To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on Sept. 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. Since this community grants program began in 2002, Harvard Pilgrim employees have directed more than $5.7 million to thousands of organizations throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

Tufts Health Plan Employees Traveled Across New England for 10th Annual Volunteer Day

Tufts Health Plan employees are traveling across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island on June 19, 2018, during the company’s tenth annual Volunteer Day, to serve local nonprofits in projects ranging from food preparation to yard work. “Our employees are extraordinary, and they demonstrate their commitment to our community and our members each and every day,” said Tom Croswell, Tufts Health Plan president and CEO. “Seeing more than 750 employees giving back reflects our values and makes me proud. I am thankful for each and every employee who is out in the community today.” Now in its tenth year, Volunteer Day builds on the work Tufts Health Plan does throughout the year.

Winners of 50th Annual Lt. Paul J. Sullivan Scholarship, Other Awards Announced

The following information was provided by the organizers of the Lt. Paul J. Sullivan Scholarship:

Congratulations to the 50th Anniversary Lt. Paul J. Sullivan Scholarship award winners. A record $23,000 was presented to these 10 wonderful young men and women. Awards were presented on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Sons of Italy, Watertown. 2018 Lt. Paul J. Sullivan Scholarship Winners
Elizabeth Powderly, of Watertown, 2018 Lt. Paul J. Sullivan Scholarship Winner, Watertown High School, attending Penn State. Emily Koufos, of Watertown, Lt. Paul Sullivan Scholarship in memory of Paul Cusick, Watertown High School, attending the College of the Holy Cross.

Watertown Boys & Girls Club Receives Grants from True Value, Lowe’s to Improve Club

The Watertown Boys & Girls Club received a pair of grants to help improve the Clubhouse on Whites Avenue, Club representatives announced. True Value Grant Provides Paint

As students across Watertown get ready to go back to school, Watertown Boys & Girls Club is getting a fresh coat of paint thanks to a partnership with Waltham True Value. The Club is one of many across the nation selected to receive a “Painting a Brighter Future” grant. Every day, 11 million kids are left unsupervised after school. Boys & Girls Clubs are there to provide kids with quality after-school programming to keep them on track to academic success and a great future.

Watertown Group Raises Money to Help Families Impacted by Violence

A group from Watertown raised $1,600 during the 22nd annual Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Mother’s Day March for Peace. The organization which helps families who have lost loved ones to violence. The group is named after a teen from Boston who was committed to ending gang violence, but in 1993 he was killed by crossfire during a shootout. The march takes place in Dorchester each Mother’s Day. The group from Watertown included Town Councilors Tony Palomba and Caroline Bays.

Dozens of Groups Awarded Grants from Watertown Community Foundation

The Watertown Community Foundation provided the following announcement:

Watertown Community Foundation held its annual spring grant awards evening at the Mosesian Center for the Arts on Thursday June 7. The following grants were
awarded in two categories:Program Grants awards grants designed to help organizations that serve Watertown, develop new or continue existing programs with an educational focus (broadly defined). These are programs that operate outside of the Watertown’s public schools. Charles River Conservancy — Conservancy Volunteers Program
The Charles River Conservancy supports the Conservancy Volunteer’s programs efforts in the Charles River Parklands in Watertown. The Plumbing Museum — Comedy Play Fest at the Plumbing Museum
The Plumbing Museum will present a program of short plays inspired by materials in the Plumbing Museum and bring theater to new audiences in an unexpected venue.