It’s with great regret that on behalf of the board members of the West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place, I inform you that the board has decided that it’s in the best interest of our community-at-large to cancel our Community Dinner scheduled for Saturday, March 28th because of concerns surrounding the coronavirus COVID19.
This decision was made after careful consideration of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Three factors in particular led to the board’s decision. Last year, WRFORP was fortunate to have 240 supporters attend the dinner. Large gatherings such as this are being discouraged. Secondly, the CDC considers people over 65 years of age in a high-risk category. Again, we are fortunate to have many long-time supporters, many of whom are over 65. We do not want to put any of our supporters at increased risk. In addition, another factor that could not be ignored is that our workers are a team of loyal volunteers. Many places of business have closed for a day or more to educate their staff on how to handle food, wash surfaces, interact with others, etc. Unfortunately, we don’t have that capacity. These reasons made canceling the Community Dinner a difficult but responsible decision.
For all our supporters who paid in advance for admission to the Community Dinner, we are offering you 2 choices. You may request that (1) the money you paid for admission be converted into a donation to WRFORP or (2) the money you paid for admission be returned to you. Our all-volunteer team will grant your request in as timely a manner as possible, and board member Lisa Sankowski will be reaching out soon to everyone who has already paid.
For those of you who have generously contributed to our silent auction, please know that we are investigating the possibility of an online auction. More will be shared on this in the weeks to come.
Be assured that every donation, whether cash or in-kind, will benefit Rosie’s Place, the Roslindale Food Pantry, Rosie’s Place Food Pantry, and camperships for homeless or less advantaged children.
Thank you so much for your continued support over many years. WRFORP is fortunate to have so many caring and loyal friends. We look forward to seeing you at our Fall Brunch!
If you haven’t had the opportunity yet, but would still like to support our work this spring, you can use the donate button below or send a check payable to
West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place to:
West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place
P.O. Box 320076
West Roxbury, MA 02132