SeniorCare Inc. Awarded $200,000

SeniorCare Inc. is one of the local nonprofits sharing in Cummings Foundation’s $25 million grant program in 2019. The North Shore based organization has been awarded a $200,000 Sustaining Grant, to be disbursed over 10 years. Chief Executive Officer Scott Trenti and Director of Home Care Dori Prescott represented SeniorCare at a May 2 awards night at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn.

Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grants Awards Night. May 2, 2019. Scott Trenti, CEO, SeniorCare; Dori Prescott, Director of Home Care, SeniorCare; Bill Cummings, Founder, Cummings Foundation; Dennis Clarke, Chairman and CEO, Cummings Properties.

“We are very pleased to receive the Cummings Foundation sustaining grant,” announced Trenti. “This funding will be utilized by our Protective Services Program to help our most vulnerable elders improve their quality of life and remain safely in their communities, consistent with our agency mission.”

SeniorCare offers a wide variety of programs and services to meet the needs of elders, their families, caregivers and others in their nine-community service area on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

The Sustaining Grants initiative builds on Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program. First offered in 2012, $100K for 100 annually awards $10 million through multi-year grants of $100,000 each to 100 nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk counties. Grant recipients that received their final grant disbursements in 2018 were automatically considered for $15 million in Sustaining Grants.

“We introduced Sustaining Grants to help alleviate the constant burden of fundraising so nonprofit professionals can spend more of their limited time and resources on actually providing services,” said Christina Berthelsen, grants manager at Cummings Foundation.

Cummings Foundation has awarded nearly $250 million to date in Greater Boston alone. Funds are generated through commercial properties that are owned by, and operated for the sole benefit of, Cummings Foundation. All of its buildings are managed pro bono by Woburn commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties.

Sustaining Grants winners were selected primarily by a 33-member volunteer committee, which included former state legislators, CEOs of local companies, and a retired justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, among many others. Committee members met with each nonprofit twice to learn how the $100K for 100 funds helped to advance its mission, and how it might put a 10-year grant to use.

View the complete list of the 50 Sustaining Grants winners at www.CummingsFoundation.org. An additional 100 winners will be announced in June through the $100K for 100 program.

About SeniorCare Inc.
SeniorCare Inc. serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over. The agency provides services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine Massachusetts communities- Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham. Established in 1972, SeniorCare has approximately 100 employees and nearly 400 volunteers. The volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization, which provides and coordinates services to elders and others. This allows them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community. www.seniorcareinc.org

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings and has grown to be one of the three largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date has been to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

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ROTARY’S HIGHEST AWARD TO THORPE, WILLIAMSON

The Gloucester Rotary Club has named Patrick Thorpe and Danny Williamson as Paul Harris Fellows, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded the Rotary movement in 1905. Thorpe was selected by a club committee of previous recipients of the award, while Williamson was chosen by members of the Interact Club, the very active group of Gloucester High School junior Rotarians.  Thorpe and Williamson will be honored at a special dinner on Thursday, May 23, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester.  The social hour will begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm.

Patrick Thorpe joined BankGloucester in 1999 and was named President a year later. He is an active member of the community, serving on the boards of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Ann YMCA, the First R Foundation, and as a board member and past president of the Gloucester Rotary Club. He has chaired the Chamber’s Business Education Collaborative for the past 13 years, been involved with Addison Gilbert Hospital, the Sawyer Free Library, and the Open Door.

Patrick graduated from Bentley College with a degree in finance, and subsequently worked for several companies and the U.S. Treasury Department in financial management and oversight before coming to Gloucester. He has been married to wife Maureen for 25 years, and they have two children—Victoria and Brendan.

Danny Williamson is a 29 year old graduate of Gloucester High School His entire adult life has been closely associated with high school athletics and the Special Olympics.  As a freshman at GHS, Danny tried out for the basketball team and did not make it, but was subsequently named the manager of the team and earned the school’s Inspiration Award.  Danny joined the track team in 2007, receiving the Sportsmanship Award for his efforts.  In his senior year, he received the Interante Award from the basketball team and the Courage Award from the officials.  He also became the manager of the soccer team, and was given a Most Improved Award from the track team.  Danny is still managing the GHS basketball team and has been managing the GHS football team for the past eight years.

Danny’s former coach, Jim Munn, helped to get Danny into Special Olympics in 2009.  He is involved in track and field, basketball, soccer, bowling, bocce, and softball.  He went to the National Competition five years ago, and last year carried the torch for the opening ceremonies of the games in Seattle.  Danny will be inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame this year.

Tickets to the Paul Harris Distinguished Service Award Dinner are $47 per person and may be reserved by contacting event chair Steve Kaity at 978-879-1051.  The dinner is open to the general public, and friends and colleagues of Thorpe and Williamson are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the Gloucester Rotary Club, visit www.gloucesterrotary.org or www.facebook.com/RotaryGloucesterMA.

Gloucester Rotary Trivia Night

The Rotary Club of Gloucester will host a Trivia Night on Friday, April 26, at the Gloucester House, located at 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m. Teams of four will compete for the title of Cape Ann Trivia Champions.

In 2019, there will be a special raffle for Early Bird Registrations:
Register before April 12 and receive 2 chances to win
Register before April 19 and receive 1 chance to win

All trivia fans are invited to this fun night of general knowledge and laughter. The registration fee is $100 for a team of four players. Proceeds from this event will support programs of the Gloucester Rotary Club. The night will also feature a 50/50 raffle, a cash bar, and light snacks for purchase. Registration forms may be obtained any Gloucester Rotary Club member or downloaded at www.gloucesterrotary.org.

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Aging Together: A Summit to Explore Building a Community for All Ages

ADF-Logo-2018-sm-01Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann, SeniorCare Inc. and the four communities of Cape Ann will host “Aging Together,” a free summit to explore how Cape Ann can become a place where all residents–regardless of age or health status–can thrive.

The Aging Together Summit will take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 10am-2pm, at The Elks at Bass Rocks, located at 101 Atlantic Road in Gloucester, and will feature speakers on the topics of aging and dementia, lunch, and a resource fair. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required for this event. To register, please visit www.ADFCA.org.

All Cape Ann residents are encouraged to attend, including people of all ages, older adults, caregivers, persons living with dementia, and professionals who work or live on Cape Ann.

The Aging Together Summit is made possible through a grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

To learn more about Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann or to register for the Summit, please visit our website www.ADFCA.org.

Confused about Medicare?

2013-new-SHINE-logoAre you, a friend or a loved one turning 65, or thinking about retiring? Are you confused about Medicare? You are not alone!

There will be an “Introduction to Medicare” informational session Wednesday evening, April 17, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., at SeniorCare, located at 49 Blackburn Circle in Gloucester. Learn about the structure of Medicare, when to enroll, and how to choose plans that suit you, your lifestyle and your overall health.

This session will be presented by a certified SHINE Counselor, providing free, unbiased, Medicare health insurance information, and is intended to guide participants through all of their options. Be an empowered, educated consumer!

To register for this event, call 978-281-1750 or register online at www.seniorcareinc.org.

A Night at the Races Fundraiser

The Gloucester Rotary Club invites the public to attend their FUNdraising event – “A Night at the Races” on Friday, March 29, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe’s Wharf in Gloucester. Doors open at 6:30 pm. All proceeds from this event will support local and international programs of the Gloucester Rotary.

A Night at the Races promises to be a fun-filled evening for adults with all the suspense and excitement of being at the racetrack. High quality, video-taped horse races are narrated from start to finish by lively announcers. During the evening there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvre, a cash bar, and variety of raffles. At various points during the evening, betters will be able to use their winnings to bid on merchandise and services that have been donated for the event. For the most fun, reserve a table – bring a group. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased in advance from any Gloucester Rotarian or at the door.

Polar Plunge this Saturday on Long Beach

Freezin’ for a Reason:
The Rotary Club of Gloucester
Hosts the 9th Annual Polar Plunge to Make Polio History

The Gloucester Rotary Club will again host clubs from Rotary District 7930 (eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire) for the 9th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Long Beach in Gloucester. The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime. Several hundred people are expected to plunge into the cold waters off Cape Ann this year. Last year, over 200 people braved the icy waters, raising more than $100,000. Since the first Rotary Polar Plunge in 2011, Massachusetts Rotarians have raised over a $750,000 with this event.

Since 1985, Polio has been the signature cause for Rotary International as it has teamed up with partners including The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and UNICEF. Since that time, more than a billion dollars have been raised among Rotary clubs worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary International took on the battle against this disease, more than 350,000 people spanning 125 countries were suffering from polio. Today, there are three countries awaiting eradication – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2018, there were fewer than 40 cases reported worldwide. More information on Rotary’s #EndPolioNow campaign can be found at http://www.EndPolio.org.

This year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has again pledged a 2:1 match for every dollar Rotarians and friends raise toward eradication efforts. A 60-cents donation can make the difference in changing a person’s life. Please support Gloucester Rotarians as they brave the icy waters to help eradicate polio in our lifetime. The goal for the plunge is $125,000. Supporters can text “polio16” to 71777 or visit www.GloucesterRotary.org to make a donation. Help Rotarians lead the way to eradicate this dreaded disease!

For more information on how the Rotary Club of Gloucester serves the local and global community, visit www.GloucesterRotary.org or www.facebook.com/RotaryGloucesterMA.

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.