This Month's News & Updates

The Foundation's highest award, the Renaissance Award, was announced at the Annual Meeting on May 18. Alex Zequeira, President of Nativity School of Worcester since 2011, is a 1994 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and has held teaching, coaching, and development posts at private high schools in Hartford and Miami. He also served a one-year term as the Nativity School's first principal in 2003. Zequeira is a sought-after speaker on the topic of education for disenfranchised populations and was recently appointed Headmaster at St. John's High School in Shrewsbury.

As a thoughtful and fearless leader, who has set high standards of excellence, we're proud to present him with this award as appreciation from us all.

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The Foundation announced  the recipients of the 2016 Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund. The total granting of $183,500 was dispersed to 13 organizations for projects that will help Worcester area residents improve their health.

Those organizations receiving funding are:
  • Community Health Connections
  • Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.
  • Girls Incorporated of Worcester
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences
  • Pathways for Change, Inc.
  • Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.
  • Reliant Medical Group Foundation, Inc.
  • Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts
  • Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
  • UMass Memorial
  • Veterans, Inc.
  • Worcester Youth Center
  • Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU), Inc.

The Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger awards grants to nonprofit organizations that share the vision of creating hunger-free communities and work towards that goal. 

The Fund seeks to fund innovative and sustainable solutions to the problem of hunger through advocacy and programs that incorporate practices that have shown promise throughout the country or here in Worcester County.
Deadline to apply is June 15. 

On Wednesday, June 22 we will be hosting our annual scholarship reception to celebrate the recent scholarship award winners and meet some of the donors whose generosity is helping Worcester County students today. 

The reception will be held at Assumption College on June 22 at 4:30PM. To reserve please call Kelly Stimson at 508-755-0980 or  Click Here to RSVP

In April of 2000, Patricia Mallios lost her father to a sudden heart attack. Following his death, her family lost their home and business. It was a very difficult time and she didn't know how she was going to pay for college. In 2001 she received the  Lt. James F. (Jay) Lyons III Memorial Scholarship. 

Patricia was the first recipient of the s cholarship and received it for four years while attending Clark University. In 2015 she began serving on the   Lt. James F. (Jay) Lyons III Memorial Scholarship Fund selection committee and had previously joined the alumni network in 2014. Patricia, who works as government relations director at the American Heart Association was accepted this year to run on Tedy's Team for the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, in the Boston Marathon. 

We're looking for volunteers to participate in Outreach & Education visits in the months of June and July.  

Please join us as we visit some of the outstanding organizations in our community that are making a difference in Worcester County. These face-to-face visits allow us to learn more about the organizations we help, and let us see how together we are making a difference in the community.
Unsure if going on a site visit is right for you? Contact Jonathan Cohen, Program Officer, for more information:

In April, the GWCF Professional Advisors Network and Estate Business Council of Worcester County hosted Joy Hunter Chaillou to discuss charitable and planned giving. During the the discussion she presented the  2014 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy.

Among wealthy households, the average amount given to charity last year increased 28 percent, according to the 2014 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy. The fifth in this series of biennial studies reveals a strong commitment to charitable causes among high net worth households. 

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