Our 26th annual Harvest Brunch and Raffle, held November 4, 2018, at the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury, welcomed friends for a delicious breakfast to raise money for Rosie’s Place, a shelter for poor and homeless women, the Rosie’s Place food pantry, the Roslindale Food Pantry, and camperships to send children from Boston facing poverty and homelessness to summer camp programs.
At the event, we remembered two dear friends who passed away this year: our beloved co-founder, Bill Hennessey, and Kathy Smith, a longtime volunteer with our Rosie’s Place meal teams. We are happy to announce that we are adding a new meal team in Kathy’s honor to those we already sponsor.
We were joined by special guests Angela Menino, Boston City Councilor-at-Large Annissa Essaibi-George, Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, West Roxbury’s Lord Mayor Richie Gormley, and Michael Oliver, Director of Fundraising at Rosie’s Place. Michael spoke about the 96,000 meals Rosie’s has provided this year alone to its guests. He also remembered Kip Tiernan, who founded Rosie’s Place 44 years ago as the first shelter for women in the country. Kip, who died in 2011, is now honored with a memorial on Dartmouth Street in Boston.
We extend our special thanks to our Gold Sponsor, Rockland Trust, and to other generous members of the community who make our annual brunch possible: East Boston Savings Bank, Webster Bank, Irish Social Club of Boston, Roche Bros. Supermarkets, Wegmans, Local 338 Bagels & Coffee, Starbucks, and Henry’s Market. We also thank Anne Quinlan for giving us a lovely painting to include in our raffle, and our board members and friends, who provided other raffle prizes.
We are so grateful to our Event Chair, WRFORP Board Member Alicia O’Brien, to all who contributed and volunteered (including our Rosebuddies), and to everyone who turned out to enjoy good friends and food, and to support a great cause. We couldn’t do this without you, and we hope we’ll see you again at our Spring Community Dinner in a few months!