CHELMSFORD -- Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts will honor 43 volunteers, three service units and two committees at its annual volunteer recognition dinner on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel.
Among the Girl Scout volunteers receiving the Girl Scouts of the USA Appreciation Pin are Christine Mancuso, Dracut; Elena Kyle, Westford; Janice Hohenstein, Chelmsford; Joyce Powell and Tami Fraser, both of Tyngsboro. They are being recognized for outstanding service to at least one geographic area or program delivery audience. For information, go to www.hergirlscouts.org.
Home Health Foundation awards
LAWRENCE -- The agencies of Home Health Foundation will honor Thomas L. Mortimer, President and CEO of Haverhill Bank, and Naomi M. Prendergast, president and CEO of D'Youville Life and Wellness Community of Lowell, on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Andover Country Club.
The annual Legacy of Leading dinner recognizes those who support the health and well-being of the Greater Merrimack Valley communities, as well as a commitment to the mission of the agencies of Home Health Foundation.
Tickets are available for a $125 donation per person, with proceeds directed to Home Health Foundation. For tickets, information and sponsorship opportunities call Lauren Galimi at 978-552-4927.
Witch's Woods to be recognized for work with Renaissance Club
BOSTON -- Witch's Woods at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford will be among 34 companies recognized on Wednesday at the Statehouse for hiring adults and young adults with mental illness who engage in meaningful work with the support of Clubhouse employment and recovery centers funded by the Department of Mental Health (DMH).
State Rep. Tom Golden will present the award to Witch's Woods for its collaboration with Lowell's Renaissance Club in employing club member Bob Ethier as an actor at for the past three Halloween seasons. Each year, Ethier creates a new horror character for Witch's Woods' haunted house, using his creative abilities and passion for entertainment to do something he loves and looks forward to all year long. His boss, Brian Brandt, hopes to add further employment opportunities for clubhouse members this fall. In addition to employment, Witch's Woods also has supported the Renaissance Club by donating tickets to the haunted house and supporting other fundraisers.
For information, contact Elaine Walker, director of the Renaissance Club, at 978-454-7944.
PAV Club to hold dinner benefit
LOWELL -- The Polish American Veterans Club, located at 201 Coburn St., will hold a spaghetti dinner on Wed., April 23, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The dinner is being held to benefit agencies of the Lowell Hunger/Homeless Commission.
Celebrate the Kentucky Derby at LifeLinks fundraiser
CHELMSFORD -- LifeLinks, Inc. will hold its second annual Kentucky Derby party, "Champagne & Champions," from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.
The Derby will be broadcast live on large-screen TVs and there will be opportunities to win cash prizes by picking the winners. The event also will feature a best-hat competition for ladies and a best-dressed contest for men, live music by the Dick Carpentier Quartet, raffles, hors d'oeuvres, and Derby-themed cocktails.
Proceeds will support the TechLinks program, which helps to provide people with intellectual and development disabilities with assistive devices and equipment that enhance their strengths and compensate for their specific learning challenges.
Tickets are $65 each and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call Diane Baker at 978-349-3010 or go to www.lifelinksinc.net for ticket and sponsor information.
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Run to Restore Kirk Street Clock
LOWELL -- Fun Run/ Walk To Restore the Kirk Street Clock will be held beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 4, starting at Kirk Street and ending at Lucy Larcom Park.
Registration forms can be downloaded at http://lhs.lowell.k12.ma.us/pages/Lowell_High/About__Us_/Clock_Donations and must be mailed to 50 Father Morissette Boulevard, Lowell, MA 01852. Pre-race day registration is $25 and day of registration is $30. All proceeds will benefit the restoration and upkeep of the Kirk Street Clock
Westford teen finalist for Caring Institute Youth Award
WESTFORD -- Taylor Leong of Westford, a freshman at Lawrence Academy in Groton, is one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Caring Institute Youth Award.
At the age of 6, Taylor lost her best friend, 7-year-old Erika Gould, to cancer. The loss inspired Taylor to bring gifts to sick children at Christmas, asking her mother to help her travel to local hospitals. She has continued her efforts and expanded her donation project to help all disadvantaged children across the state. She recruits the help of local schools and hospitals to collect toys and then hosts parties and deliveries to shelters and hospitals across Massachusetts.
According to a profile in The Sun, her mother, Laura Goodman, estimates that Taylor has delivered 7,500 gifts and raised more than $200,000 for her cause. Her efforts are chronicled on the Facebook page "For the Love of Erika."
The award is determined by votes from the public at the institute's website. To vote for Taylor, go to http://www.caring.org/2014YouthBiographiesp.html. The awards ceremony will take place Oct. 18 in Phoenix.