Dining Out in Gloucester to End Polio

The Gloucester Rotary Club and Castle Manor Inn are taking action on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

There will be a Dining Fundraiser at the Sea Glass Restaurant at the Castle Manor Inn, located at 141 Essex Avenue (Rt 133) in Gloucester on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 5pm to 9pm. The Castle Manor Inn will donate 10% of all dining proceeds from this event to the Gloucester Rotary Club’s #EndPolioNow fundraising Campaign. Reservations are recommended—978-515-7386. For more information about the Sea Glass Restaurant, visit their website at www.castlemanorinn.com.

When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative more than three decades ago, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end.

With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million.

For more information about Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign, visit www.endpolio.org.

Trivia Night to Benefit Rotary Programs

The Rotary Club of Gloucester will host their annual Trivia Night on Friday, November 1, at the Gloucester House, located at 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester. The doors will open at 6pm, and the game will begin at 7pm. Teams of four will compete for the title of Cape Ann Trivia Champions.

All trivia fans are invited to this fun night of 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. Online registration is available at www.GloucesterRotary.org. Advance registration is preferred, but will be available at the door.

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.

SeniorCare to Honor Community Leaders

SeniorCare Inc. will host its 47th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square on the harbor in downtown Gloucester, MA. The Gala will feature a delicious dinner, awards to three community leaders and a Silent Auction. The Gala is presented by ABC Home Healthcare Professionals.

Gloucester Attorney Mark Nestor will be awarded with the Myra L. Herrick Outstanding Older American Award for his ongoing support of the Veterans’ Community and his work with the American Legion to provide home delivered meals on holidays to home-bound community members.

Judi Cox of Coxco Disposal will be presented with the Rosemary F. Kerry Community Service Award for her tireless efforts on behalf of the elder community, and her respect and empathy when addressing challenging circumstances.

Mary Crowe of Care Dimensions will be presented with the Board of Directors Community Partners Special Recognition award for her work as a trainer to caregivers and professional practitioners throughout the North Shore– giving them personal resources to perform difficult tasks with grace and empathy.

Tickets to the Gala are $85 each or a table of 10 for $750. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information about the Gala, contact SeniorCare’s Marketing Officer Tracy Arabian at 978-281-1750 or tracy.arabian@seniorcareinc.org or go to www.seniorcareinc.org.

Annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast on August 17!

GLOUCESTER ROTARY PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Come for the Pancakes, Stay for the Waterfront Festival!

Rotarians Jim Marr, Kathleen Piaggesi, and Deanna Fay take a break for a quick photo at last year’s breakfast

The Gloucester Rotary Club will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Stage Fort Park. This popular event takes place concurrently with the Gloucester Waterfront Festival, and a special free parking area is available for Pancake Breakfast attendees.

Tickets for the Pancake Breakfast are $8 per person, $5 for children six and under, and are available in advance online at www.gloucesterrotary.org, from any Gloucester Rotarian or at the following Gloucester locations:

Bank Gloucester, 160 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
Institution for Savings, 4 Parker Street, Gloucester, MA
North Shore Health Project, 5 Center Street, Gloucester, MA
Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F Lewis Street, Gloucester, MA

Tickets will also be available on the morning of the breakfast.

Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast will benefit the Rose Baker Senior Center, North Shore Health Project, the Cape Ann YMCA Teen and projects of the Gloucester Rotary Club. More information about this event and the Rotary Club of Gloucester is available online at 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.

SeniorCare Hosts Amy Kerr’s “I Am More” Exhibit

SeniorCare Inc. is proud to host Amy Kerr’s “I Am More” art exhibit at the agency’s Gloucester offices.    “I Am More” is an art and writing project founded by Amy Kerr as a reminder that we are more than our mental challenges.  Sixteen pastel and colored pencil portraits of Cape Ann residents, along with an essay written by each subject, will be on display at the SeniorCare offices through the month of June.

There will be a public reception on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at SeniorCare, located at 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester.  In addition to the reception, public viewing hours are available on Friday afternoons through June from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Anyone wishing to view the exhibit, but unable to attend during the reception or on a Friday afternoon may call 978-281-1750 to arrange for a private viewing.

“I Am More” has been on display at various locations throughout the Cape Ann region over the past several months, including the Rockport Police Department, The Open Door, Gloucester City Hall, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Action Inc, Gloucester Stage Company and more.

For more information about the “I Am More” portrait series, please visit www.amykerrdraws.org.

Elder Abuse Awareness Rally

June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. SeniorCare Inc. and several non-profit and civic organizations are holding special events throughout the North Shore to increase awareness of this growing issue in our society.

10,000 people turn 65 in the US every day. This trend is going to continue for the next 20 years. Our demographics are shifting, and we now have more elder people in the US than ever before. At the same time that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of elders face abusive situations. Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.

Elder abuse and neglect and take on various forms. It can be physical, emotional/verbal, sexual, financial, neglect by a caregiver, or self-neglect. Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races.

If you suspect abuse or self-neglect, don’t assume that someone has already reported it. In cases of immediate danger call 911. Otherwise, you can the Massachusetts Elder Abuse Hotline at 800-922-2275.

SeniorCare is participating in five rallies to increase awareness of Elder Abuse this year. The first rally will take place in Gloucester on Monday, June 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to meet at the flagpole in front of the Gloucester Police Station on Main Street at 11:00 a.m. The rally will march down Main Street, continuing along Rogers Street to the Fitz Henry Lane parking lot (across from Walgreens on the corner of Rogers Street and Harbor Loop). Following the march, there will be a cookout in the Fitz Henry Lane lot. Gloucester’s event is supported by the Gloucester Police Department, HAWC, the Gloucester Council on Aging, and SeniorCare.

Ipswich will hold a rally on Thursday, June 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Five Corners (the intersection of Central and Market Streets). This event is supported by the Ipswich Police Department, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, the Ipswich Council on Aging and SeniorCare.

Rockport’s “Show You Care” rally will be held on Thursday, June 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Five Corners (the intersection of Broadway, Railroad Avenue, and Main Street). This event is supported by the Rockport Police Department, the Rockport Council on Aging and SeniorCare.

There will be a rally in Manchester-By-The-Sea on the Village Green in front of Town Hall on Thursday, June 13, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Manchester’s event is supported by the Manchester’s Police Department, SeniorCare and the Manchester Council on Aging.

Beverly will hold a rally in front of Beverly City Hall on Friday, June 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Beverly’s event is supported by the Beverly Police Department, HAWC, SeniorCare and the Beverly Council on Aging.

Concerned citizens are invited to participate in any or all of these events. Join SeniorCare and our local safety agencies in bringing light to the horrendous crime of elder abuse. Please stop by to show your support!

SeniorCare is committed to identifying and stopping Elder Abuse!

About SeniorCare

SeniorCare Inc. serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over.  We provide services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine communities. 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. http://www.SeniorCareInc.org

 

 

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.