Bunnies for Sick Children

by Robyn Hatch

Donations from the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary

Once again, Salemhaven pulled together for a good cause.  The Salemhaven Stuffed Bunny Drive for 6-year-old Arianna Centazzo was really hopping.  Arianna needed 420 bunnies to take to Children’s Hospital in Boston all she was able to get was 1200.  Two years ago Arianna underwent heart surgery to repair her heart and it was very successful.  After having regular follow-ups at Children’s Hospital, she is now considered recovered.  These bunnies are being donated to show her appreciation to the hospital — each bunny will be handed out to all of the children who are in the hospital on Easter.  Salemhaven’s goal was 300 bunnies, they ended up with 755.  They will easily met their goal with help from groups like the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Granite State Chapter of MI Hummel Club of Salem.

This drive brought much joy to Salemhaven and all the people who participated in organizing the many bunnies.

Jeannette Harvey and her new friend

Russell Moore, having a good chuckle

Ann Marie Knox, thinking of tender moments

Be Great:  22nd Annual Spring Charity Auction for Boys and Girls Club of Salem

submitted by Rachel Hill

From left to right, Auction Committee volunteer Sonny Tylus, Auction Co-Chair Mark Gross, Auctioneer Paul McInnis, and Chief Professional Officer Michael Goodwin

Dressed to the nines, business owners and community members gathered together at this upscale event on Saturday, April 4, to show their support for the Boys and Girls Club of Salem.  With 250 in attendance, the 22nd Annual Spring Charity Auction for the Boys and Girls Club of Salem had another successful year, raising approximately $100,000.

Held at the Atkinson Country Club, the event began with the silent auction, wine tasting and a thank you to the Jazz Committee for great entertainment.  There were almost 300 items up for bid, including beauty baskets, home décor and jewelry, all donated by supporters of the Club.  As usual, the sports tickets and memorabilia section of the silent auction was a big hit.  As guests tried to outbid each other until the very last second, supporters of the Boys and Girls Club of Salem spared no expense for their particular item of interest.  Two big items this year were a Curt Schilling signed 2004 World Series jersey, and a 2009 Boston Bruins hockey stick signed by team members.  

As dinner began, guests listened intently as club board member Cheryl Bolouk, and club devotee Art Dailey, reflected in memoriam of two highly dedicated and involved club supporters, Rosemarie Hartnett, who passed away in December, and Steve DeVito, who unexpectedly passed in June.  Both were intensely involved in making the club, “The Positive Place for Kids,” and will truly be missed.   

Tim Sullivan, the 2009 Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of Salem, also spoke about his involvement in the club, and how it has influenced his life thus far.

During the live auction, guests had the opportunity to bid on an annually listed item called Fund-A-Need: Summer Camperships.  The funds from this item go directly to support families that need financial aid for the Camp Funtastic and Teen Camp Summer programs.  In honor of this item, a parent of an after school club member spoke on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of Salem.  With her daughter beside her, she reflected on how truly grateful she is that the club has a financial aid program, and that support is there for her and her daughter in these dire times.  Guests bigheartedly raised their placards bidding anywhere from $50 to $1,000, tripling the amounts raised in prior years.

The evening concluded with the sale of four tickets to the Jonas Brothers concert as well as an autographed photo.  Other big items during the live auction included vacation packages to Disney and Loon Mountain, a Red Sox game for eight with a limousine and scoreboard message, and New England Patriot Tickets. 

Katie Covey and Steve Gabriel taking bids at the jewelry table.

Mike Merrill enjoying his newly purchased Boston Bruins autographed hockey stick.

Elks Easter Party

by Robyn Hatch

As the white Easter rabbit greeted the children at the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge, there was plenty to entertain all age groups.  There were eggs that needed to get painted with pretty dyes, stickers, and markers; faces to be painted with tiny flowers to cute little yellow chickens; coloring pages and bunny toss games.  All children walked away with full tummies and many craft projects.  Every year this party is FREE to the children of the Elks members.  What a safe way to entertain for Easter!


Kaleigh Jones is finishing her project

Ashley Hugh, Sheilagh Linehan, and Colleen Fortier, checking out the raffle basket

Mike Sparkes and Alex Kneeland, with new companion

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