Harvest Brunch & Raffle on November 3rd

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The West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place invite you to their 27th Annual Harvest Brunch & Raffle, Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Irish Social Club, 119 Park Street in West Roxbury. A great breakfast will be served, and gift certificates from some of your favorite local restaurants and shops will be raffled off. Join the fun and connect with your friends and neighbors over brunch while helping out a good cause.

Admission is $20.00 per person. Ways to pay:

We hope to see you there!

Summer fun belongs to everyone!

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West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place founders Alice & Bill Hennessey and Helen & Bob Haley, summered with their families in Hull, MA. There they learned about and became deeply involved with Sunset Point Camp. For nearly 100 years, Sunset Point Camp has provided a dream vacation at the seashore to low-income, at-risk children aged 6-13 from Greater Boston. Nearly 450 city-based children travel to Hull each summer for a one- or two-week overnight camp experience letting them enjoy the fresh air, learn new talents, receive academic summer support, and simply have fun.

At the encouragement of Alice, Bill, Bob and Helen, and in addition to our support for Rosie’s Place and the Roslindale Food Pantry, WRFORP began to contribute to Sunset Point and has since expanded to support other camp programs that serve Boston-area children who would not otherwise be able to access a summer camp experience.

This summer, thanks to your generosity, we are able to provide financial support to:

We hope you and your family are enjoying all the joys of summer, and we are grateful for your support in making this joy accessible to others.

Neighbors share fun – and share with others – at our 17th Annual Spring Community Dinner

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us and contributed so generously to our 17th Annual Spring Community Dinner and Fundraiser on April 6, 2019 at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West Roxbury.

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Attended by over 250 guests, our annual spring dinner benefits Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women; the Roslindale Food Pantry; and summer camperships for children in need.

Beth Germano of WBZ-TV was our spectacular MC, and music for dining and dancing from DJ Patrick McIntyre of MCO Productions Brighton, who partially underwrote his services, added to the fun of the evening.

Rosie’s Place Director of Communications, Michele Chausse, thanked our guests, and we were happy as always for the consistent support and presence of City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George and District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who also made a special presentation on behalf of the Boston City Council honoring our graduating Rosebuddies.

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We are very grateful to Rockland Trust, Gold Sponsor for this and all of our events.  And thanks to Eastern Bank, our Campership Sponsor, and Brookline Bank, our Rosie’s Place Dinner Sponsor!

We want to express our sincere thanks to all the individuals and businesses whose Dessertgenerous donations made the evening possible: Eileen Saliba, Gourmet Caterers, Roche Bros. Supermarkets, Dancing Deer Baking Co.Blanchards Wine & Spirits, and Henry’s Market. And, of course, our team of expert cookie bakers!

Gift certificates, gift baskets, sports items, scratch lottery tickets, and more – all donated by local individuals, organizations, and businesses – were raffled during silent and live auctions.  (See the full list of generous donors in our event program.)

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The event’s success is due in large part to the support of the St. George church community and Pastor Father Timothy Ferguson, who have hosted us for many years in their lovely space, and spacious kitchen!

And our Board members and many volunteers worked tirelessly before and during the dinner to ensure it was a wonderful evening for everyone.

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WRFORP is a non-profit, all volunteer organization. We are so fortunate to have so many loyal supporters.

We hope you will join us again next year!

Rosebuddies – The youth chapter of the WRFORP

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Rosebuddies Colin, Hannah & Teddy Johnston

The Rosebuddies program began in 2003 with three young, dedicated students: Kara, Laura, and Michaela. They began by having food drives for the Roslindale Food Pantry and serving meals at Rosie’s Place. This youth volunteer group has grown, and over the past 13 years has included many middle and high school boys and girls from the Roslindale and West Roxbury community.

Many schools now recognize the importance of community service and require their students to gather community service points or hours by participation in worthwhile community service activities. Participation in the Rosebuddies is a great community service opportunity, and the group currently enjoys over 20 volunteers who routinely help with our food drives and major events.

  • Food Drives     Food Drives help the Rosebuddies to collect various food items for Rosie’s Place and the Roslindale Food Pantry. Items may include peanut butter, canned goods, cereal or other non-perishable items. Roche Bros. Supermarket has been the site of many of our food drives.
  • Harvest Brunch & Community Dinner    Rosebuddies play a key role at our two major annual fundraising events. Before the events, they stuff envelopes and help prepare invitations for mailing. During the events, they mingle with donors and sell raffle tickets to our loyal and generous supporters.

Our current group of Rosebuddies represents six different schools in the Boston area: Joyce Kilmer K-8 School, Boston Latin School, Holy Name School, Ursuline Academy, Catholic Memorial School, and St. Sebastian’s School. If you are interested in joining the Rosebuddies, please contact Doris Corbo at doriscorbo@yahoo.com.