Applications Available for 2019 Watertown Healthy Grants

The Watertown Community Foundation (WCF) announces the release of the Fall 2019 Healthy Watertown Grants to support organizations that work to create new or existing programs to keep our community healthy. A total of $10,000 will be distributed through these health grants. Past Healthy Grant awardees have included: Local food pantries; nutrition and meal programs for school age children and seniors; programs and services fostering healthy aging; mental health first aid training for first responders; programs designed to combat the opioid crisis and provide services and supports for individuals and families struggling with substance use disorders; and health-related programs for infants and their families. Eligible organizations may apply for a maximum of $2500. The average amount awarded will range from $500 to $2500.

Group Raising Money to Provide Dogs to Veterans with PTSD

The Order of AHEPA, Local Chapter #406 will be hosting a dinner dance fundraiser for the Service Dogs for Warriors program at Watertown’s Hellenic Cultural Center. The money will be donated to AHEPA’s program to train PTSD dogs to help veterans. “A specially trained PTSD dog can provide a sense of security, calming effects, and physical exercise that can make a positive difference in the life of those that suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder,” the event announcement said. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at the Taxarchae/Archangels Hellenic Cultural Center, 25 Bigelow Ave., Watertown.

Upstage Lung Cancer Presenting Musical Tribute to Disney in Watertown

Members of the cast of A Musical Tribute to Walt Disney (L to R) Paula Markowicz, Michael Hammond, Hildy Grossman, Brian De Lorenzo and Candy O’Terry, image by David Fox. The following announcement was provided by Upstage Lung Cancer:

Kicking off its 11th year utilizing the performing arts to raise awareness in the fight against lung cancer, Upstage Lung Cancer (ULC) presents a one-night-only cabaret concert, A Musical Tribute To Walt Disney: When you Wish Upon A Star, on Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 pm at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown.  The event is open to the public, a pre-concert silent auction begins at 6 pm. Presented in partnership with the LUNGevity Foundation, all proceeds from the performance support the cause of early lung cancer detection research. 

A high-spirited evening of music making and storytelling, A Musical Tribute to Walt Disney honors the imaginative genius who brought all of the joys and fantasies of childhood to life. In 1966, at the age of 65, Walt Disney died of lung cancer. In that year and the many that have followed, millions have watched a Disney movie or the Walt Disney television show, visited Disneyland or Walt Disney World and have brought this icon’s life work into their homes. Few creative individuals have made such a long-lasting and indelible mark on American life and culture.

Armenian Bone Marrow Registry Walk Coming to Watertown

Once again, the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry Walk of Life will take place in Watertown. The 8th annual event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. The event begins at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (ACEC), 47 Nichols Ave., and goes 2.2 miles to Saltonstall Park in Watertown Square. The event is the same day as the Faire on the Square, happening at the same park.

UPS Foundation Helping Group That Sends Care Packages to Troops

The UPS Foundation recently presented a donation to Operation American Soldier, which packs and sends care packages to American servicemen and women. The group’s base is at the Marine Corps League Shutt Detachment. The following announcement was provided by the UPS Foundation:

Operation American Soldier received a $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used towards building repairs for our facility. We will especially be focused on repairing our front walkway and steps.

Registration Open for the Boys & Girls Club’s Golf Tournament

The following information was provided by the Watertown Boys & Girls Club:

Watertown Boys & Girls Club will host their annual golf tournament on Monday, August 12, 2019 at the Oakley Country Club. The tournament honors one of the Club’s original founding members, Stephen Mugar. His children and grandchildren generously perpetuate his legacy by sponsoring this annual event. The Mugar Family will match the tournament’s net profits up to $80,000, thus making this the largest annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club. Foursomes and single golfer tickets can be purchased at along with sponsorships of varying levels.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards Nearly $1.9 Million in Grants

Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced new community investments reflecting a commitment to a community approach for making our cities and towns great places to grow up and grow old. The nearly $1.9 million supports 15 nonprofit organizations working in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. 

“Building communities that are responsive to the needs of older people is essential as our society ages,” said Thomas P. O’Neill, III, chair of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation board of directors. “Our investments support community-based organizations in their efforts to implement age-friendly policies and practices.” 

The new grants reflect a trend of increased regional and local efforts to create age- and dementia-friendly communities, and to re-imagine the relationship to health care and community. The initiatives promote cross-sector collaboration, expand engagement of older people, advance improvements to support the health and wellbeing of older people, and address the social determinants of health. 

“Each community has its own unique needs. Tufts Health Plan Foundation focuses resources in communities that want to achieve age-friendly practices that are relevant, focus on under-represented communities and engage older people in the process,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president of corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan.