At the annual Heritage Fair in Marlborough, MA on October 2, 2011, GFWC Marborough Junior Woman’s Club helped sell mugs filled with goodies to benefit Furnishing Options in Marlborough. Furnishing Options is a terrific organization that we find as many ways as possible to support. It provides free furniture and household items to people who are coming out of shelters or just establishing homes after difficult situations. MJWC volunteers every 5th Saturday in the store, makes monetary donations and looks for all kinds of different ways to help this fantastic organization. This year, one of our members discovered boxes and boxes of coffee mugs someone had donated.
September 11, 2011 was the 10th anniversary of the horrific attacks on this country. For the 9th year, MJWC created and presented thank you baskets to our local police and fire stations. 9/11 made us realize we don’t thank and appreciate our service personnel like we should so we started the 9/11 baskets project. Every year we present each fire and police station in our town with a little token of our appreciation — a basket filled with home baked goodies, games, puzzles and items to enjoy. This was our 9th year doing the 9/11 baskets. We will do them as long as we are able.
The Marlborough Lions Club held their fourth Amazing Marlborough Race on Sunday, June 12, 2011 with another exciting finish. Three teams left the final stage of the race at exactly the same time and headed for the Pit Stop where there was one more challenge to complete to determine a winner. A fourth team was just two minutes behind the leaders after nearly five hours of racing to make for the most competitive finish among the four races held to date.
Read the full story at Main Street Journal.
MJWC’s major Spring fundraiser was an original interactive murder-mystery, Death by Chocolate. There were two performances, April 15 and 16, 2011 at the Hudson Elks. Death by Chocolate was conceived and directed by Marlboro Junior Teresa Loftin Scarpato. The cast worked for months improvising the scenes and dialog until we had a cohesive play. The cast included:
- Clara M. Calderón played Lola Montell
- Mark Durrenberger played James K Tiberious
- Beth English (MJWC member) played Roxanne Flaherty
- Ariella Greenspan played Marilyn Von Eulenspiegel
- Nicole Hatlevig played Lacy Q
- JJ Lynch (MJWC member) played Stella Doreaux
- Scott Rossini played Detective Skip deClue
- Joe Scarpato played Dick Tracy
- Teresa Loftin Scarpato (MJWC member) played Max Target
- Jodi Schoolcraft (MJWC member) played Kit Katz
The play featured an amateur theater company putting on their first play,
On March 12, 2011, the Marlborough Juniors hosted the Metrowest Princess Boutique – which helps qualified girls get to the prom by easing the financial burden for them and their family.
Marlborough Juniors helped with this event in 2009 and 2010 and eventually took over organizational responsibility in 2011. Maureen Ahern Mongeau had previously run and organized this event.
The purpose of the event is to ease the financial burden on girls and their families by providing a place where they can come to fulfill their needs for formal wear. Each girl has a personal shopper to assist in finding formal dress wear,
The Metrowest Princess Boutique is a project sponsored by the GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club. The goal is to help qualified girls get to the prom by easing the financial burden for them and their family. All items, dresses, shoes, make-up and accessories are free. The students will have the help of a personal shopper; make-up artists and seamstresses to make the whole outfit perfect for their prom or senior reception! Hundreds of brand new gowns are also available!
The Metrowest Princess Boutique serves girls in and around the Marlborough, MA area, including Worcester. We work with area high schools to pre-qualify girls to come shop in our boutique.
MJWC teamed up with Furnishing Options in Marlborough to collect much needed blankets, sheets, towels and other linens to stock the shelves for the coming winter months. Juniors and Furnishing Option volunteers fanned out and collected hundreds of items — so much so it’s been a challenge finding storage space! Two Juniors especially should be called out for their efforts, Sue Waudby and Kerry Higgins. They worked tirelessly on the project and have given up much needed storage space in their homes for this project. Sue and Kerry embody the Junior spirt!
Furnishing Options is a program of Employment Options,
For the month of November, MJWC was represented in the Marlborough Public Library’s display case. The library encourages groups and service organizations to “adopt” the case for a month. MJWC decided to treat it as a membership drive and filled the case of lots of pictures of Juniors in Action. Did you get a chance to see it? We hope so! Being in Juniors is a blast!
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After collecting fun items from club members and the community, Juniors met for an afternoon to assemble the baskets. We were able to donate 25 baskets and a fun time was had by all!
The GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club made Furnishing Options the recipient of it’s 2010 annual fundraising event. Furnishing Options is a program of Employment Options, run by volunteers, that mobilizes community support to obtain surplus furniture and other household goods and provide them to low-income individuals and families struggling to create homes in the Marlborough area. Additionally, Furnishing Options offers children and adults the experience of generosity and meaningful social action, and provides a setting for vocational skills training.
Several MJWC members work in the Furnishing Options store. Do you have furniture you can donate? Would you like to volunteer to help them?