Category Archives: Medfield Foundation

Globe vouchers for the MFi

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Please consider submitting your Boston Globe voucher that was emailed to you this morning for the Medfield Foundation (www.MedfieldFoundation.org) (a copy of my email appears below).

The MFi has already raised over $2m. in private monies since 2001 for public purpose in the Town of Medfield, and is now creating an endowment for our town’s future (the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund).

 

Use this $100 GRANT voucher to support your favorite non-profit.

 

The Boston Globe is proud to announce the return of GRANT (Globe Readers And Non-profits Together), a community initiative that allows subscribers like you to help deserving non-profits earn free advertising space in The Globe.

As a 7-Day subscriber, you have $100 in a GRANT voucher to allocate to the certified 501(c)(3) of your choice.

Submitting your GRANT voucher is easy — just click the button below and enter the name of the organization you’d like to support. The non-profit you select can later redeem the GRANT vouchers it has accumulated for free advertising space in the Globe. The more GRANT vouchers earned, the larger the advertising space provided. Submission deadline is July 31, 2018.

Submit your voucher »

Thousands of Globe subscribers participated in GRANT last year, and over 3,000 organizations were recognized. Altogether, more than $3 million in advertising space was donated at no cost to our subscribers or to the groups selected.

For more information and to stay up-to-date on subscriber contributions, go to BostonGlobe.com/GRANT.

Thank you for subscribing to The Boston Globe and joining us in supporting our remarkable community.

The Boston Globe

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Become the Angel Run Treasurer or Sponsorship Coordinator

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Volunteer Treasurer and Sponsorship Coordinator Opportunities

Medfield’s number one family fun event since 2006, the Medfield Foundation Angel Run, has two openings for organized and motivated individuals to fill the roles of:

  • Treasurer
  • Sponsorships

The treasurer is the bigger role – experience is helpful, but really just need people who are detail-oriented and willing to help out. The Angel Run is held annually at the beginning of December, attracts 1500 participants, and raises money for Medfield families in need.

Interested parties can contact Medfield Foundation President, Evan Weisenfeld at evanscottweisenfeld@gmail.com or 508-740-4367.

MFi 2018 Summer Camp Fund Appeal

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Medfield Foundation 2018 Summer Camp Fund Appeal

Adults and children throughout Medfield have happy memories of summer camp. From a traditional experience in the woods to skill building or specialized camps, many Medfielders cherish these summer camp experiences and the friends they made there…How would you feel if you were left out of this experience?

Before the summer camp season begins, the Medfield Foundation (MFi) board wants the town to know that there is a highly significant need for assistance by families whose children yearn to attend camp,  but because of difficult financial situations at home they would be unable to attend. It can be challenging to grow up in an affluent community but not have the resources of friends’ families.

The Medfield Foundation encourages you to make a tax deductible donation to help Medfield children attend summer camp! There are easy ways to make your donation or to find out more:

  1. Send your check to the Medfield Foundation, ℅ Medfield Town House, 459 Main Street, Medfield MA 02052. Please make your check out to Medfield Foundation, Inc and then write “CAMP” in the memo line!
  2. Use this link to donate:  http://medfieldfoundation.org/donate/

 

Want more information before donating? Contact

MFi Treasurer, Abby Marble call: 508-361-9825  email: treasurer@medfieldfoundation.org

or Executive Board Member John Byrne call: 860-748-1447  byrne.johnb@gmail.com.

Last year, due to the severity of the need and number of children affected, the Medfield Foundation Board responded by creating the Children’s Camp Fund. Together with the generosity of our Medfield donors, $4,700 was raised which ensured 14 weeks of Medfield’s Parks and Recreation Summer Adventure Camp were enjoyed by a number of children, while others were provided summer swim lessons along with family memberships at Hinkley Pond. As a result of that success the Medfield Foundation Board unanimously voted to make the Children’s Camp Fund an ongoing fund, and this year hope to raise $5,000 so that this summer even more children who would otherwise be unable to go to camp can experience that rite of childhood summers!

 

Did you know…

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation whose mission is to enrich the lives of Medfield residents, build a stronger community, and facilitate the raising and allocation of private funds for public needs in the town of Medfield. Since its inception in 2001, the Medfield Foundation has raised over $2 million to support community-wide initiatives in Medfield.

MFi was founded based on the realization that some residents were interested in contributing more than town taxes to support projects and services that would enrich life in Medfield. Annual fundraising revenue varies each year as the initiatives and needs in the town change. You are urged to go to http://medfieldfoundation.org/.

MFI volunteer awards 2018

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Colleen Sullivan’s photograph of the whole crowd involved in making the Medfield Foundation volunteer awards happen, except Gus Murby, who only got his foot in this photo and someone on the left (unless Mike Marcucci now really has two sets of arms).

2018 MFi Volunteer Awards

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Photo by Colleen Sullivan

Medfield Foundation volunteer awards held yesterday

See the account of the event and photos by Colleen Sullivan on Patch https://patch.com/massachusetts/medfield/mfi-volunteer-award-reception-photo-gallery

MFi Volunteer Awards Sunday at 3PM

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2018 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards Sunday at 3PM at The Center

The public is invited to the reception, to honor all the following remarkable individuals for their volunteer services, at 3PM on Sunday April 8 at The Center.  The following are the Medfield Foundation volunteers of the year for 2018:

Lifetime Achievement

Kim Agricola for work with the Medfield Animal Shelter
Chris Allan as the sound engineer for over twenty years of town meetings, and also for Medfield TV

Volunteers of the Year

Tony Centore for work with the Senior Housing Study, and also for the Lions, Board of Health, Solid Waste Committee
Susan Holbrook for work with the UCC Medfield and Cradles to Crayons

Youth

Jack Morrill for being “hard working, humble, and committed to causes bigger than himself” in many diverse entities

 

The following remarkable individuals were also suggested by their fellow residents to be honored for their wonderful volunteer work in Medfield with the cited organizations:
Janie Boylan for work with the Medfield Coalition for Public Education, and also for Girl Scouts, PTO, and All Night Graduation Party
Tracey Rogers for work with the All Night Graduation Party
Renee Romanowski for work with the Angel Run, and also for MCPE, Script, Medfield Food Cupboard, Pub Crawl for SMA, and Neighbor Brigade
Liz Sandeman for work with New England Donor Services, and also with the Lions, Schools, Amelia’s Light, and Hannah Adams Club
Jill VanBrocklin for work with the Medfield Animal Shelter
Nancy Irwin for work with the Swap, and also for St. Edward’s meals, knitters, prayer shawl ministry, and usher coordinator

 

The Medfield Foundation volunteer awards are made possible through the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace, as well as a contribution for Rockland Trust.

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Tony Centore – MFi Co-Volunteer of the Year

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Tony Centore Selected as one of Two Co-Volunteers of the Year for 2018

Separately, both Pauline Medeiros and Chris Rumel suggested Tony Centore as the Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year.  These are their nominations in the order received, first from Pauline, and then from Chris:

 

Primary organization or initiative where she/he volunteers: Senior Housing, Veterans, Lions Club

Other organizations where she/he volunteers: Center at Medfield, American Legion, Solid Waste Committee, Board of Health (1983,1984)

How many years has the nominee be donating her/his time? At least 15

I would like to nominate Tony Centore for Medfield Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Tony has dedicated his time and expertise to volunteering in Medfield over a period of many years. Tony, a veteran who served during the Vietnam Era, has been a member of Beckworth Post American Legion for nearly 15 years. Tony is currently the Adjutant for the Post and as such records the minutes of Legion meetings and files all forms. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Board which oversees all of the Post’s financial operations and is on the Board of Trustees which oversees the management of the Post’s property. It is noteworthy that Tony was an instrumental member of the Medfield Public Schools Veterans Plaque Committee. As a result of the committee and Tony’s efforts, plaques were erected at Dale Street School honoring Medfield’s World War II and Korean War Veterans. An additional plaque was installed at Blake Middle School honoring Medfield’s Vietnam Veterans in 2012. Ron Griffin states, “During my time as Medfield’s Veteran Service Officer and member of the American Legion, I’ve worked with Tony on several committees. Whatever the committee, whatever the task, Tony is a tireless contributor.” A second area in which Tony has volunteered is the Lions Club. Tony joined the Lions in 2003. For several years he was responsible for all of the Lion’s Club’s press releases. Over the years Tony has volunteered selling Christmas trees for the Club, working at the Club’s hamburger stand on Medfield Day and been active in all of the club’s projects. Tony was voted Lion of the Year by his fellow members in 2010. He has served on the Board of Directors and sponsored several new members into the club. Most notably, Tony should be recognized for creating the Lion’s Annual Chowder fest in 2009 and chairing the event for nine consecutive years. He has enlisted the help of friends and peers at the Lions Club and has worked with many local restaurants to donate chowder for the event as well as freshly baked rolls. All proceeds for the annual Chowder fest benefit FOSI (Friends of Seniors, Inc.) . Thousands of dollars have been raised from profits of the Chowder fest to support programs for Medfield’s seniors at the Center. In addition, the annual event provides seniors and other Medfield residents the opportunity to socialize together and have a good time. Tony has been an active, longtime volunteer at the Center at Medfield. In fact he was involved prior to its opening, since he was a member of the Adult Community Center Committee. Using his background as an engineer, Tony was involved during the construction of the Center, offering his expertise. Roberta Lynch stated that Tony was always there for whatever was needed. Since its opening Tony has volunteered at the Center, picking up bagels from the Blue Moon to be brought to the Center, cooking and serving for the Center’s monthly breakfasts, helping at the summer cookouts, and working at the Center’s annual yard sale. Tony was a member of the Board of Health for two years (1983 and 1984). Tony was a five year member of the Solid Waste Committee (2009-2014). During his tenure many changes were made at the transfer station, most notably the restriction of use by Medfield residents only by requiring stickers and single stream recycling. Residents can all agree that the latter has made recycling so much easier.

Tony should definitely be acknowledged and commended for bringing to the forefront, the issue of Senior Housing in Medfield. Tony realized that Medfield seniors, many of whom lived in the Town for thirty, forty years or more would be unable to afford to stay in Medfield should they decide to downsize. Tony brought this concern to the attention of Medfield’s Council of Aging Board; town administrator, Mike Sullivan; and town counsel, Marc Cerel. A Senior Housing Study Committee was approved at Town Meeting in April 2016. Subsequently Tony was named Chairman. Since the inception of the Committee, Tony has been instrumental in guiding the Committee. Roberta Lynch, Director of the Center at Medfield and fellow committee member says of Tony, “Tony is a champion for providing appropriate and moderate priced housing for Seniors in Medfield.” The committee spent numerous hours collecting data, meeting with Town officials, and most importantly listening and surveying more than 140 Medfield seniors. These seniors shared information about their age, income, house assessment, and preference for senior housing. Tony shared the results with seniors at a meeting at the Center in October 2017. He gave a complete, clear power point presentation that was easily understood by those attending the meeting. He also entertained questions from those present and listened to their comments. At this meeting, Tony shared some typical comments by seniors who took part in the survey .Those comments were the following: (1”) I am the third generation of my family to live here (Medfield) and, like my parents I am not going to be able to afford to continue to live here. We are part of what made this town a wonderful place to live and, as a result, are being forced out.”(2)” New construction for seniors in Medfield would be most welcome. Thank you for working on this and making reasonably priced quality units available as soon as possible.” (3)” Have waited many years for the Town to take an interest in senior housing.” (4)” After years of paying high property taxes for our schools, with no one in the family attending, it is fantastic our town is also looking at the older generation. Thank you!” Tony and his committee have completed their study of Senior Housing in Medfield. On January 30, 2018 Tony presented the committee’s final report to the selectmen. The first paragraph of this report summarizes their work. “The committee has quantified the growing senior 55 plus population in Town, collected senior home assessments and income, conducted a Medfield Senior Housing Survey, evaluated the financial aspects of selling and buying senior friendly housing, and made recommendations to address what we see as a major housing issue among Medfield Seniors.” Tony has done everything possible to keep Medfield seniors well informed and educated with regard to the Committee‘s work and Senior Housing in general. He has held informative meetings, organized a meeting for Seniors to express their concerns with the Selectmen, and keeps Seniors informed through numerous emails. He often provides references to other web sites as well. As a fellow senior, I believe that I am representative of the many Medfield seniors who want to thank Tony for all of his efforts on our behalf and believe that he should be recognized. In addition, the entire Medfield Community should thank Tony for his many, longtime, and varied contributions helping to make Medfield such a great place to live. “Thank you, Tony Centore, for sharing your time, energy, and expertise with us!

 

Primary organization or initiative where she/he volunteers: Medfield Seniors Housing Study

Other organizations where she/he volunteers: Medfield Legion, Medfield Council On Aging

How many years has the nominee be donating her/his time? Unknown, 10+, likely much longer

I had the pleasure of working with Tony on the Medfield Seniors Housing Study committee in town. Tony was the Chair of the committee, and his leadership and passion for helping Medfield Seniors was inspiring to all of us on the committee. Tony took charge from Day 1, and took lead on the vast majority of our collective efforts. Simply put, the committee would not have accomplished half of its goals without Tony’s involvement. He prepared the initial online survey and ensured it was available both online or on paper. He also took lead in researching the latest information on senior housing needs in the country, while touring other projects in nearby communities. He was the primary person drafting and revising the final report which was delivered to the Board of Selectmen on time, and also led the committee presentation of our findings. His tireless advocacy on behalf of Medfield will serve to benefit the towns senior population for years to come, and will directly influence affordable options to allow seniors to remain in our great town.Tony is very active in Medfield with various other organizations, and he works tirelessly for the residents in town and to make Medfield a better community. He works on all of these initiatives for the right reasons, and selflessly volunteers his time toward the causes. I think Tony would be a fantastic and deserving recipient of this award.Thank you for your consideration.

 

The public is invited to the reception to honor all the nominated volunteers at 3PM on Sunday April 8 at The Center. The Medfield Foundation volunteer awards are made possible through the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace, as well as a contribution for Rockland Trust.

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