New Board Members, Upcoming Events & Donor Spotlight
Thank you to outgoing 
Board Chair, Howard Sholkin!
At a recent Newton Community Pride Board Meeting, Howie Sholkin, Chair of NCP since 2018 received a well deserved appreciation for his years of service.

Many board members gave tribute to Sholkin with Gloria Gavris, incoming Board Chair adding, “The board is grateful for Sholkin’s leadership since 2018 maintaining the continuity of programming, as well as redesigning the NCP website, boosting our social media presence, and leading fundraising efforts to maintain a dozen events and programs. Particularly, during these challenging times, Howie's steady presence allowed our organization to thrive and pivot with new programming for the community to enjoy.”

Sholkin spoke about the importance of NCP and added: “I look forward to continuing on the Board and contributing to the future growth of NCP along side the new leadership team to deepen our commitment to the City of Newton's arts, culture and community programming."
Welcome our New Board Members
A new Board Member Orientation was recently held to welcome four new Newton Community Pride directors who will be joining the existing nine member Board. The new directors are Seana Gaherin, proprietor of Dunn Gaherins and former Board Chair of the Newton Needham Regional Chamber; Mark Jurilla, Vice President and Senior Loan Officer at Guaranteed Rate Affinity Mortgage; Emily O’Neil, Executive Director of the NewArt Center; and Damien Chaviano, Principal at Mark Development LLC. 

Board Chair Gloria Gavris welcomed the new directors adding, “I'm delighted to welcome you today to the Newton Community Pride family. All of you have an excellent track record of leadership in our community, and we are thrilled you have chosen to become involved with Newton Community Pride providing your time, intellectual capacity, and passion for the arts to our organization and to our city. Welcome and on behalf of all of us, we look forward to your contributions."
Last Call for Newton Out Doors
Time is running out to submit your designs for our exciting new public art initiative, Newton Out Doors. 4 of the 20 doors are reserved for high school students.

Artists whose designs are selected will each receive a stipend of $425 per door and will be widely promoted in regional arts, tourism, and news media. Deadline: February 28, 2021.

For more information about submission requirements, the selection process, and the timeline, please visit

Sponsored by Newton Community Pride in partnership with the City of Newton.
Upcoming Events
Parlor Performances

Audiences have been raving about Parlor Performances! Mark your calendars for the final two Wednesday evening concerts: guitar soloist and chamber musician John Muratore on February 24 and piano and jazz performer, composer, and educator George Russell, Jr. on March 3. Tune in for both at 7:30 – 8:30pm EST on Facebook

Donor and Volunteer Spotlight: Phil Dawes
Hi, my name is Phil Dawes and I have been a donor and volunteer Board Member with Newton Community Pride since 2018. 

My family and I moved  to Newton because of the warm, friendly community, and we were introduced to Newton Community Pride during the annual Newton Heartbreak Hill Road Race. Our older son, Faris, who was seven, participated for the first time. It became an annual tradition. Little did we know that other things we loved to do were also sponsored by NCP, such as KidsFest, 4th of July fireworks and the city wide Spelling Bee. When I was asked to volunteer as a Board Member, I immediately said "Yes!" 

I have enjoyed the opportunity to give of my time to NCP and know my donations are fostering a more connected community with family programming we have grown to love and enjoy. 

Phil is an Executive Search Consultant with Spencer Stuart, and he and his wife Nickki, a Professor at Lasell University and two sons Faris and Grant live in Newtonville. 
Thank You to our 2021 Sponsors!
Presenting Sponsor