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.

Raffle

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!

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.