Pelham - Windham News April 1, 2011 - 15
Boys & Girls Club of Salem Holds Spring Charity Auction
Tuscan Kitchen and consisted of pasta, ravioli, and a meat carving station. “The food was out of this world,” said Sonny Tylus, auction committee member.
Boys & Girls Club Resource Development Director Martha Breen
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan The Boys & Girls Club of Salem held their 24th Annual Spring Charity Auction on Saturday, which consisted of a silent auction upstairs in the teen center, followed by a general auction and dinner in the gymnasium. Attendance was up from last year, with about 260 people present. Funds raised also increased from last year, with a net income of about $100,000. Dinner was catered by the
Items up for bid included jewelry, a ride in a fighter jet, and four Celtics playoff tickets, which brought in the most money for the club at $2,100. One of the more generous items during the auction was item 17—Fund-a-need Summer Camperships. Various levels of support range from $1,000, a full summer scholarship, to a $50 general donation. Nicole Murphy spoke on how the aid had benefited her two boys, C.J. and Ian. “The Boys & Girls Club has provided a very safe, positive, and nurturing opportunity for my boys,” Murphy said in appreciation of past support. The Club has helped her and her boys grow emotionally and socially. She was also grateful for the wonderful staff and how the club has allowed her to get involved in the community. Her son C.J. thanked the staff at the club. “Thanks for all the staff here; can I get a round of applause for them?” he said. Auction Committee Co-Chair Joanne Flynn of
Windham Country Club said the evening is for a fabulous cause. She said the golf course is a great
Nicole Murphy and her boys, C.J. and Ian
environment for children, and got involved with the Club to continue her support. The evening came with a bittersweet announcement—the Club’s Resource Development Director, Martha Breen, would be resigning from the club.
Auction Committee Member Sonny Tylus of APP Imprints; his wife, Janice; and Auction volunteer Peter Rayno of Enterprise Bank
Church Members Embark on Life-Changing Journey
Granite United Church members with community members in front of a two-room home they helped to restore for a family of five who were also building a Church in Hermosillo
submitted by Patricia Klinger Twenty-five people from Granite United Church of Salem will leave Sunday, April 3, to spend one week on a Missions Trip that will surely be a life- changing journey for them. When most people think of the Bahamas, they think of cruise ships, beautiful beaches, and fancy resorts. What people do not realize is that Nassau, in the Bahamas, is home to many poverty-stricken, hungry, and homeless people. Sadly, the numbers of people in need have been growing due to the influx of Haitian refugees going to Nassau to escape the harrowing ordeals they have been facing in Haiti over the last year. This group is investing their own time and money to show the people in Nassau that they have not been left behind, they are loved by God and they can start a new life. Because most of these people have been left behind or are, again, Haitian refugees trying desperately to start a new life, there is much this group can do to help positively influence their lives. There are children there who have no parents to turn to and the people going on this trip may be the only people they meet who show them God’s love. Some of the things this missions group will be doing include carpentry work, plumbing and tiling, and helping to restore buildings, churches and schools. They will also be working with children and people in orphanages, schools, neighborhood parks, and on the streets of Nassau. At their own expense and through the donations of others in the Church, the group will bring toys, sporting goods, and toiletry items to share with the
High School Actors’ Guild Competes in State Drama Festival
submitted by Salem High School On March 26, the students from Salem High School Actors’ Guild, Tony Abou-Jaoude, Anna Cino, Molly Donahue, Ramsey Eassa, Kayla Fernekees, Tyler Gullbrand, Carolyn Higgins, and Courtney Littlefield, participated in the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild’s Regional Drama Festival. Their show, Wanda’s Visit, was selected to advance to the State Festival at Gilford High School in Gilford on April 1 and 2. They will be competing against 10 other New Hampshire high schools trying to advance to the New England competition. While at the regional festival, Ramsey Eassa received an award for Acting Excellence and Tyler Gullbrand received an award for Excellence in Cameo Acting.
children of Nassau. Last year, a group from Granite took a missions trip to Hermosillo, Mexico. The people who went on that trip thought they were going to help many people and came back changed forever by their experience there. While they were there, they worked in a children’s home, restored a church and a home, hosted outdoor concerts, made hospital visits, and handed out food and gifts for children in the hospital. They realized that despite having so little so many of the people there still wanted to give so much. It was an experience that group will never forget, many of the same people will be going on this trip to Nassau as well. Some of the people who went to Mexico last year have returned there in the last year on their own to do more and extend the love of Jesus on an even greater level. Granite United Church remains committed to being a blessing to those people in need, both around the world and in their local community. They support multiple missions throughout the world and continually give back to their local communities. In the last year, they have donated over 5,000 pounds of food to local food pantries, over 1,200 pairs of shoes to local shelters, and supported the Salem Police Department in their Toys for Tots Drive just before Christmas, donating hundreds and hundreds of toys. Additionally, Granite has become aware that the Spring season is one of the most difficult times for the local food pantries and will be holding a Food Drive at all of their Easter services. Granite United Church will be holding five services over Easter Weekend at
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