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1st Annual VHL Ride

VHL, Von-Hippel Lindau Syndrome, is a genetic disease that results in cancerous tumors growing in particular organs of the body. Von-Hippel Lindau syndrome, once diagnosed, requires lifelong screenings to provide early identification and diagnosis of tumors, as well as intervention when necessary, which usually comes in the form of multiple surgeries. VHL is a devastating condition. which has physical, emotional, and financial implications. Knowledge is key in managing this disease and knowing early warning signs of potentially dangerous tumors is paramount. 

What: 1st Annual VHL ride out of Billerica, MA followed by food, raffles, and a band to help raise money to donate to the VHL Alliance. We are requesting gifts that may be donated at the outing.

When: May 17th, 2014.

Boston Marathon Tough Ruck 2014

What: The Tough Ruck 2014 are a group of military members whose sole purpose is to come together to honor and remember our Fallen comrades and while raising funds to support their familes and service members in times of need. They will walk a 26.2 mile Marathon course with their Rucks. On April 15, 2013, the Tough Ruck members were on the finish line of the Boston Marathon meeting with Tough Ruck volunteer & Gold Star Father Carlos Arredondo just before the horrific bombings occurred.  The Tough Ruck joined the first responders to aid those injured in the blasts and exemplified the best of what our military has to offer.  Over the past year, thousands of military personnel and families of the Fallen have contacted us to join the Ruck and in support the Tough Ruck project.

When: Patriots Day Saturday April 19th, 2014.

Who: Active military members can participate including ROTC units and service academies. All encouraged to be in full ACU or ABU duty uniform while carrying a Ruck sack/pack. The weight in the pack is up to the Rucker. All must register here Each Rucker will wear the name of a Fallen Comrade on their Rucks. 

Where: Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord, MA 

Tough Ruck Contact: 617-733-7994

Parking Info: All Ruckers must park at Hanscom AFB

My One Wish Motorcycle Ride on Memorial Day Weekend

My One Wish grands a wish to seriously ill children. A Wish Child will be at the event to talk about their "Wish"

Tee shirts for sale, 50/50 and gift Raffles, Buffet, pasta, Italian Food and best Pizza around!

Where: Ride will meet at Scioli's Pizza Bar, 146 South Main Street Milford, MA

We will ride toward Mt. Wachusett up Route 140, a 45 minute rest stop and refreshments at The 140 Rendezvous in Sterling, MA. Returning to Scioli's Pizza Bar for DJ inside bar.

When: Saturday August 30th, 2014

Time: Registration begins at 9:00am, Kick Stands up at 11:00am

Price: $25.00 per person. $20 if you can't make the run, but want to eat and party at Scioli's. Non-profit Organization, all proceeds go to the My One Wish program.

Advanced tickets and Run Tees available. Tee's are $15 each. Women's: Sm, Lg Men's: Sm to XXXL. Limited quantities.

If you wish to purchase advance tickets or make a donation please Mail requests to:

My One Wish Labor Day Run
P/O Box 79
Milford, MA 01757

In case of rain the event will still be held at Scioli’s Pizza Bar beginning at 3:00 PM.

If you know of a deserving Wish Child please Contact My One Wish P/O Box 79 Milford, MA 01757

Question you can contact Charlie Calcagni, 508-733-7301 (

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl Presented by Walgreens. At the Corner of Happy & Healthy.

Join us and Support The Jimmy Fund for the 32nd annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl presented by Walgreens, serving up all-you-can-eat ice cream and frozen yogurt from the country's leading frozen dessert companies. 

Purchase tickets now and get your spoons ready for ice cream, frozen yogurt, entertainment, and family fun!

When: June 3-5, 2014

Time: Noon- 8:00pm each day

Where: City Hall Plaza, Boston


Adults: $10

Ages 3-9: $5

Kids under 3 free!

Purchase tickets, HERE!

Miles for Hope is holding it's 4th Annual "Moving Towards A Cure"

Miles For Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting brain tumors. The mission at Miles For Hope is to provide funding for cutting edge research and clinical trials, along with raising public awareness. Through our organization, patients can find information on the latest, most advanced treatment options available for brain tumors. We also provide travel assistance to qualified brain tumor patients throughout the country to receive more optimal treatment.  Each year 200,000 brain tumors are diagnosed in the U.S. - that is 3 per minute!  So, come run or walk with us in honor of a friend or loved one and help in our quest in “Moving Towards A Cure®!” for brain tumors!

5K run featuring a Heroes & Villians theme.

When: Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Where: Artesani Park, Brighton, MA 02135

Time: Registration begins at 8:00am and 5K starts at 9:00am.

All fees include an event t-shirt if registered by 4/10/14. After this date, only while supplies last. Portion of the proceeds will go to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Register in advance, HERE.

Visit Miles For Hope, HERE.

La Chic's 3rd Annual Fundraiser, Fashion show & Silent Auction

Join us for a fun-filled night of cocktails, food, music, autographs, a fashion show, silent auction & 50/50 raffle! We will have a fashion show promoting eco-friently clothing. Last year we had approximately 3,000 attendees. We are looking for donations for the event such as monetary donations or items for our silent auction. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit La Chic Mentoring Plus and the "at risk" girls. Special Guest, Dennis Ray "Oil Can" Boyd Former Boston Red Sox, Montreal Expos and Texas Rangers star pitcher will be there!
When: Saturday, June 7th
Where: Lynn Museum & Historical Society
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Attire: Cocktail/Evening
La Chic's Website

4th Annual PFC. Eric Currier Memorial Motorcycle Ride

June 5, 2011 kicked off the 1st Annual Memorial Motorcycle in memory of USMC PFC Eric Currier, an annual event organized by his family and friends. The first run welcomed an impressive 700+ riders and addition to that a great number of supporters who joined in after the ride.

Each year, the event raises money and donates to organizations directly related to supporting the memory of our troops who have served, in Eric’s name, as an ongoing tribute of who Eric was and what he believed in.

When: Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Where: Lowell Elks, 40 Old Ferry Road, Lowell, MA

Time: On site sign up starts at 8:00am, Kickstands up at 11:00am sharp.

Ticket Info & more, click HERE.

The Music Drives Us Boston Proud 2014 Marathon Team Fundraiser

The night will be hosted by Ernie Boch Jr. & Enza Sambataro and will feature unique auction and raffle items. Ticket price includes exquisite selections of bar bites from Forum, signature cocktails, and live entertainment by Boston's best cover band, Fortune.

Ticket Cost: $50.00

Purchase Tickets, HERE.

When: April 10, 2014

Where: Forum, 755 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

More Info, HERE.

Edwina Martin House Sixth Annual Fundraising Event

This year, Edwina Martin House will celebrate 31 years of service to women from all over the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our on-going mission is to provide women with a second chance, offering residential substance abuse treatment, family counseling and employment training to help them build a foundation in recovery.

We are also celebrating the opening of The Blake House which is our new graduate house. This house gives graduates the step they need to re-enter the community. 

This event will feature Comedians such as Dick Doherty and Patty Ross, as well as the musical act from Peking and the Mystics, a variety of auction items and a raffle.

When: April 12, 2014

Where: IBEW Local 103 Hall at 256 Freeport Street Dorchester, MA

Time: 6:00pm

Tickets: $50.00 per ticket.

If you have any questions, please call Judy at 508-583-0493

5K Road Race to support Matt Bruce

Several months ago Matt Bruce woke up and realized it was difficult for him to speak without slurring his words. At just 26 years old  he has been diagnosed with ALS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Since Matt has known his diagnosis he has never once complained or asked "Why Me?" Instead he is focused on raising awareness and spending quality time with his family and friends. He is now faced with the biggest challenge of his life and handling it like a true champion . Matt  has more energy and heart then anyone i have ever met in my life.

Bruce has reached his dream of traveling to Ireland with his family and continues to be a wonderful inspiration to all of his family and friends. We want to continue to help support Matt and take any costly burden away from him and his family . We will Never Give Up on finding a cure for ALS and will continue to stand by Matt's side during this trying time.

All money raised for this benefit will be going directly to Matt towards his Home Health Care.

When: April 5, 2014

Where: The Proctor Elementary School, 26 Jefferson Rd, Northboro, MA 01532

Time: Registration -8:30am, Race- 10:00am 

More Info & to Register: Click here.

Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) launch party for their MBTA Ad Campaign for the Models Against Pet Shop & Puppy Mills 

This event will feature the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Spokes model Beatrice, the Basset hound from the CAPS Transit Ad Campaign. The event will also be an opportunity to support and learn more about this national animal protection campaign. Attendees will also enjoy free Cocktails, and Hors d'oeuvres, complimentary gift bags, silent auction, and raffle for valuable gift baskets. Tickets to the event are $50.

When: April 30th, 2014

Where: Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Founded by President Deborah Howard in 1992, the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills.  CAPS actively addresses the abuse and suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs through investigations, education, media relations, legislative involvement, puppy mill dog rescues, consumer assistance, and pet industry employee relations.  Please visit

The Models Against Pet Shop & Puppy Mills campaign is designed to educate the public about atrocities in puppy mills and the risks associated with buying dogs at pet shops supplied by these facilities.

Benefit for Mike Bennett

Mike used to be the drummer in our band The Yard Sale Rejects. We are a local band out in the Metro West area. For the last 7 years, Mike has been suffering from the devastating effects of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. He now resides at The Atrium in Chelmsford where he gets great care and is very comfortable. He now requires round the clock care which is very expensive. His money is going very quickly and he won't be able to stay there when his money runs out. We want to help make Mike's last days as comfortable and happy as possible.

There will be light fare food, raffles and a silent auction to help raise money for Mike. There will also be live entertainment by his former band.

When: March 23, 2014

Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Bull Run Restaurant, in Shirley, MA.

Love Runs Through Boston
Locally owned boutique wedding planning firm, Gracie Lou Events announced that they have partnered up with some of Boston's premier wedding vendors to donate an all expenses paid wedding to a deserving couple that was affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy. According to Gracie Lou Events Owners Adrienne Duys Mendonca and Elizabeth Dunderdale, "It is our hope that spreading love during this time of healing, we can strengthen the camaraderie that ties our great city together."   

An all expenses paid wedding, valued at over $40,000 will be awarded to one lucky couple to be chosen later this year. Official entry forms can be found on the Gracie Lou Events website. Entries will be accepted until January 20th, 2014.
Gracie Lou Events has assembled an all-star team to provide vendor services for this event. The Hotel Commonwealth, a luxury Boston Back Bay boutique hotel near Fenway Park has graciously donated the use of their luxurious ballroom for this event  including their creative culinary artistry and exemplary service. Additional contributions come from: Nicole Chan Photography, Promessa Films, Persona Jewelry, Bella Bridesmaids, Rentals Unlimited, Dj Raffi music production, Megan Chapin Calligraphy, Mimosa Fresh Floral Design, Demiche Beaute, and Cookie Creatives by Jennifer.   
We are still looking for donations of a bridal gown, tuxedo rental, invitation suite and wedding day transportation. Interested parties should contact Gracie Lou Events Owner and Lead Event Planner, Adrienne Duys Mendonca at 617-365-6438.
About Gracie Lou Events

Gracie Lou Events is a fresh, contemporary, boutique event planning and consulting firm that was born out of Elizabeth & Adrienne's love of organization, personalization and all things beautiful. The two share a fierce passion for all stages of the event planning process - from event design and conceptualization through watching a great event unfold.

Helping Children Cope in Unsettling Times
Current world events are very unsettling. The war, economic difficulties, and the nation's heightened state of alert can cause justifiable anxiety. The uncertainty of terrorist warnings can be especially unnerving. Children may be confused or fearful that they or their loved ones are at risk. Adults need to help children feel safe, even if they themselves feel vulnerable. Parents and teachers can help children understand what is happening factually, how events do or do not impact their lives, and how to cope with their reactions.

Schools and parents need to assess what level of support children in their care need, but following suggestions may help children cope.

Learn more HERE