Regretfully, we are Canceling our Spring Community Dinner

Dear Friends,

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!

Doris Corbo
WRFORP President

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

Thank you!

27th Annual Harvest Brunch brings friends together to support members of our community in need

Our 27th annual Harvest Brunch and Raffle, held November 3, 2019, 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.

Friends Gather

Boston City Councilor-at-Large Annissa Essaibi-George and Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley are Brunch regulars.

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, family members of our beloved co-founders, Alice and Bill Hennessey, and Michael Oliver, Director of Fundraising at Rosie’s Place.

buffet-1.jpgThanks to Courtney Beerman, our chef, who prepared a delicious meal, and to our Gold Sponsor, Rockland Trust!

We are also grateful to all the generous members of the community who make our annual brunch possible: Irish Social Club of BostonWegmansLocal 338 Bagels & CoffeeStarbucks, 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.


Congratulations and tremendous thanks 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!

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.


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.


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.)


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.


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!