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Non-Profit Spotlight:
Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Dignity Matters Opens Warehouse in Framingham

From left to right: Jennifer Richtsmeier, Nancy Baker-Fowler, Pam Hastings, Sue Scandrett and Kate Sanetra-Butler (front row)

Dignity Matters, a Massachusetts based non-profit that provides feminine care products, underwear and bras to homeless women and school-aged girls recently moved their headquarters from Wayland to 7 Bishop St, Building 29, Framingham.

A staggering number of women living in homeless shelters in almost every community within Massachusetts do not have access to many of the items other women take for granted – namely, tampons, pads, new underwear, and new or gently used bras. Shelters and public schools cannot meet the demand and food stamps do not cover them. Every month, thousands of homeless women are placed in a crisis situation from dealing with infections to being unable to purchase sanitary supplies. Keeping safe and clean isn’t easy on the streets.

Kate Sanetra-Butler, a former corporate executive and mother of two was confronted with this reality when a homeless woman in Boston asked her for a spare tampon. In that moment, Dignity Matters was born. This non-profit organization is taking action by collecting and distributing these much-needed items to many homeless women and girls in Massachusetts. An all-volunteer organization, Dignity Matters is currently supporting 15 shelters, over 100 scattered sites for families, multiple domestic violence programs, food pantries, 11 after-school programs and 30 schools in the greater Boston area.

The rapid growth of Dignity Matters in just 18 months made it necessary to warehouse the many donations coming in. Thanks to a partnership between South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) and Dignity Matters which began as a result of Dignity Matters supporting SMOC’s shelters, Dignity Matters was able to secure a warehouse lease within a SMOC owned facility in Framingham.

Year to date 2018, the organization has tripled its in-kind donations from 120,000 to over 360,000 donated products. In addition, through the many new partnerships Dignity Matters has secured this year, distribution to those in need will also grow 3 times.

The move has provided a way to easily and quickly inventory and distribute donations to those in need. It also provides an opportunity for volunteers to work in the warehouse to assist with sorting, inventory, and distribution.

For more information on the many ways to be involved with Dignity Matters, please email More information about Dignity Matters can be found at

Wayland students help school library in Vietnam

Wayland Town Crier 6/29/18: Wayland students help school library in Vietnam. In its continuing commitment to education around the globe, Wayland Middle School donated $3,000 to Room to Read earlier this school year. This donation fulfilled the school’s commitment to raising more than $7,000 to fund a school library in Vietnam. The library is located in Ha Tinh, a province located about 200 miles south of Hanoi. Room to Read is a global organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in the developing world by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Cameron Tredgett Foundation Golf Day, August 9

The Cameron Tredgett Foundation is pleased to announce the first USA Golf Day to be held on August 9th at Sandy Burr Country Club.

The format for the tournament is a 4-player Texas Scramble with a shotgun start at 1:00pm. Contests on the day will include Nearest the Pin, Nearest the Pin in Two, Straightest Drive, Longest Drive and a 50/50 raffle in addition to prizes for the top two teams. More information about the tournament, including online registration and sponsorships can be found on the Upcoming Events page at If you can’t play in the tournament or are not a golfer, please consider sponsoring a tee sign ($250) to advertise your business or the donation of an auction/raffle item for the tournament. We appreciate anything from gift cards to services or season tickets, etc.

Following the tournament, there will be a buffet barbecue for participants and guests. During the barbecue there will be an auction the top items to include a foursome at Boston Golf Club, and a limited edition Jack Nicklaus autographed framed print including flags from the 2005 Open Championship and 2005 Masters with authenticity documents. There will be a raffle showcasing amazing donations from Yvonne’s of Boston, The Bar Method in Wellesley and many more.

Our first golf event was held on Cameron’s 21st birthday, May 29, 2018 at his old course Channels Golf Club in Chelmsford England where we raised $4500.

The Cameron Tredgett Foundation is a non-profit charity dedicated to supporting young sporting students working to overcome personal and academic challenges. The foundation recognizes the amazing young men and women who are passionate about sports who don’t usually qualify for scholarships. Please help us to help them.

For more information please visit

Wayland Man Rides 100 Miles to End Alzheimer’s

Paul Kussell of Wayland will cycle 100 miles to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research on Saturday, June 9 for the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter’s RIDE to End Alzheimer’s.

“My father had Alzheimer’s and my mother had dementia,” says Kussell. “This will be my sixteenth year participating in the RIDE. I participate in other rides, but this one is the best!”

Paul is excited to return to the 2018 RIDE and take on the 100 mile course. He is determined to raise important awareness and funds so that there may one day be a cure.

Starting and finishing at Odiorne State Park in Rye, NH, the RIDE provides a 2-, 30-, 62- and 100-mile route through the towns of coastal New Hampshire and the north shore of Massachusetts. Formerly called Memory Ride, the RIDE to End Alzheimer’s grew from a small, family-inspired event to a cycling challenge attracting riders throughout New England and beyond. Since the event began 22 years ago, the event has raised over $5,000,000 for Alzheimer’s and dementia research.

“Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and research into disease-modifying preventative measures, treatments and ultimately a cure is the key to making that happen,” shared Jim Wessler, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter. According to the MA/NH Chapter, ninety percent of the funds raised at the RIDE given to research restricted grants for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The remaining ten percent of the proceeds fund programs and services in both states.

To register or volunteer at the RIDE to End Alzheimer’s event, visit


Wayland Youth Fishing Derby raises funds for Vernon Cancer Center at Newton Wellesley Hospital

The Wayland Youth Fishing Derby 2018 was held on Saturday, April 28. Many of the town’s enthusiastic fishing families came out to take part in this annual event. Some participants even showed up early to stake out a prime spot on a warm and sunny morning. For 20 years, the annual derby has been organized and sponsored by the local company, Carpentry by Tom Antonellis. It was once sponsored by the Wayland Kiwanis Club but they disbanded in the 90’s and Antonellis made a personal pledge this fun event would continue for Wayland families. The Derby supports a charity or non-profit in the community each year, hoping to encourage the community to give back while having a fun time. For the last few years, the concession and adult raffle proceeds from the event raised money and awareness on behalf of The Vernon Cancer Center at Newton Wellesley Hospital. The Vernon Cancer Center was selected as it is close to the heart of the Antonellis family who has seen firsthand; through the care of family members and friends, how the center provides high-quality medical treatment and much needed support services to patients and families.

NWH representative Amy Hurley and Dr Larry Blaszkowsky were on hand to answer questions and share information about the Vernon Center’s programs. Each year, Mill Pond in Wayland is stocked with trout a few days before the Derby. This provides continued seasonal fishing at the pond but more importantly makes Derby day extra exciting. Children are invited to bring their own gear to try to catch that special winning fish. It is not just the young participants who are excited, but so are the parents proudly watching the kids bring their catch to get measured by volunteers like Dave Antonellis or have their picture taken by photographer Anna Meliones. Volunteers have been an important part of the Derby’s success because not only do they measure and take special photo memories each year but they run the concessions, prize and raffle tables. For two hours, young anglers cast their lines into Mill Pond for the fun of fishing and also hoping to win a prize. As in years past, categories included prizes for largest and smallest fish of the day, and first fish in each age group. Saving accounts, pizzas and lots of fishing gear was given this year as prizes. Throughout the morning, the kids (and their families) enjoyed donated yummy goodies. Chick-fil-A of Framingham sent their famous Mr. Cow to the Derby with breakfast sandwiches and coupons. All children were invited to stop by the special prize table to get their free prize. As in past years, all adults had opportunities to win fantastic gift certificate bundles to things like; manicures, reflexology, and restaurants in a fundraising raffle. Some other special raffle items this year were a Family Membership to Patriots Hall, a gift certificate from Pure Solutions and a Massachusetts Statehouse tour with Senator Ross. All the donations to the raffle and concession tables from people at the Derby resulted in a fantastic total in excess of $3000 to the Vernon Cancer Center! At the end of the morning, the members of the Weston Wayland Rotary Club gave out free trees for children to take home. This memorable event would not be possible without the volunteers who come and spend their Saturday morning helping each Wayland fishing family have the best time possible! They are the ones who come early to set up, give out food and prizes, keep everyone informed, dance around in a bobber costume and clean up when it’s done. See you next year! For more information and photos please see and don’t forget to like us on Facebook.

A gallery of photos from the event is online here:

The 2018 Wayland Youth Fishing Derby was made possible with the help and generous support of these local businesses and individuals who donated thousands of dollars in goods and services:

Dick’s Sporting Goods
Middlesex Savings Bank /Wayland
The Village Bank / Wayland
Wayland Variety And Deli
Panera Breads
Starbucks Coffee / Wayland
Rob Sullivan Studios
Metropolitan Cabinet & Counter Top
Shep’s Gas
Kirby Brothers Painting
The Villa Restaurant
Femiluxe Nails Bar
The Local
Dovercraft Contruction
Mel’s Commonwealth Café
Wayland Travel
Salon D’elegance
Lavins Liquors
B. L. Ogilvie & Son / Weston
Natick Outdoor Store
Jenna Carroll/ The Carroll Group
Donelan’s Supermarkets
National Amusements
Harvey Building Products
Wayland Recreation
Tri County Rvths
Gem Cleaners
Wayland Police
Mass Wildlife
Senator Richard Ross
Eagle Claw Fish Hooks
Wayland Dpw
Fluorolite Plastic
Dermatology Partners / Dr. Melissa Burnett
Wayland Cleaners
Peterson Remodeling
Custom Contracting, Inc.
Somerby’s Hair Salon
Pepper And Spice
Moodz Spa
Happy Feet Reflexology
Liberty Pizza
Christopher Woodley Co
Russell’s Garden Center
Dunkin Donuts
Stop & Shop
Karma Coffe
Frank Cannavino Plumbing
Blue Culture Aquaculture
Family Legal Partners
Laurie & Dave Antonellis
Nance Marshall
Tom Cavanaugh
Failla And Defrancesco Family Dentistry
Wayland & Weston Coldwell Banker Reality
Pure Solutions
Joanne Berry- Coldwell Banker
Weston / Wayland Rotary Club
Holly Veum
Anna Meliones Photography


HRS Annual Fundraiser, “Healing Lives, Strengthening Community” Hunnewell House, May 16

Support Mental Health, Strengthen Community, Help Others
The Human Relations Service holds its Annual Fundraiser, May 16th

Please join in celebrating and supporting the important work of The Human Relations Service by attending the 13th Annual Dinner and Auction on Wednesday, May 16th at Hunnewell House at Elm Bank of the Mass Horticultural Society, Wellesley.

HRS is our community, non-profit mental health agency, serving children and families from Wayland, Weston and Wellesley. Its mission is to heal lives and strengthen the communities by providing a wide variety of clinical services, consultation to local schools and agencies, as well as education and support to parent and civic groups. HRS never denies a resident services because of their inability to pay and is an important safety net when crisis and tragedy strike. The funds raised at this event help ensure that HRS can keep providing the highest quality care to those in need.

Enjoy an evening of delicious food, full bar, and fine wines. Taste some of the area’s best cuisine by visiting local celebrity chef stations. Sponsors include: Coach Grill, 110 Grill, Gustazo, Cafe Mangal, Bokx109, Captain Marden’s Seafood, Red Bird, Bocado Tapas Wine Bar, La Morra, Heritage of Sherborn, Blue Ribbon BBQ, Wasik’s Cheese Shop, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and more. The cocktail reception and silent auction begins at 6pm followed by dinner and live auction at 7:30pm. Susan Wornick will be the Master of Ceremonies. To purchase tickets or to donate to The Human Relations Service, please visit:

Event flyer online here.

Thank you for your support.


The 50th Walk for Hunger
Phil’s 12th walk with his grandkids

We are walking 20 miles together to help Project Bread reach its goal of ending Hunger and food insecurity in Massachusetts.

If you’ve given before – Give a little more! Every contribution helps. Thank you for being generous. Click here: