November 14, 2018
 
Fundraisers Benefit Cardinal Cushing Centers, Dana-Farber

October 19, 2018 — Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover recently raised $300,000 from two annual golf events, while employees of Arbella Insurance helped raise $50,000 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston through a one-day event.

Cardinal Cushing Centers, a nonprofit that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, earlier this week announced it raised $300,000 from two different annual golf events to support ongoing programs.

“Cardinal Cushing Center’s two fall golf tournaments continue to meet our financial goals, attracting the desired field of golfers for each event while raising awareness and support for the organization “ said Jansi Chandler, vice president of development for Cardinal Cushing Centers.

She added. “As in year’s past, the adults and students we serve participated on and off the course bringing golf bags to their carts, hitting balls on the tee, and entertaining at the dinner.”

She said this year's events, called the St. Coletta Classic, which attracted a 128 golfers to Marshfield Country Club last month and 80 golfers Blackrock Country Club in Hingham earlier this month, met the organization's fundraising and attendance goals.

Last year, the two events attracted a similar number of golfers and raised $320,000.

Key sponsors this year included Rockland Trust, Bob’s Discount Furniture, UCI Builders, and Jumbo Capital Management.

Cushing parents Rita and Phil Harris spoke to golfers during the reception, sharing how the organization has positively impacted their son Traves’ life. The Cushing Chorus also performed while golfers participated in a silent auction via mobile bidding. In addition to sponsorship and auction dollars, golfers had the option to donate to a fund-a-need.

Established in 1947, Cardinal Cushing Centers began as a day and residential school for students with intellectual disabilities. With additional locations in Braintree, Cushing now supports over 600 individuals of all ages, with the goal of helping each student and adult to become included and independent members of society.

Dana-Farber Receives $50K from "Pink Day" Fundraiser

Arbella Insurance Group recently announced that its employees and the Arbella Insurance Foundation raised $50,000 in a one day event for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a nonprofit that conducts advanced cancer research and provides care for cancer patients.

During the all-day fundraiser, called "Pink Day," Arbella employees wore pink to work, purchased Dana-Farber bracelets, donated money to dress casually, and contributed to and participated in departmental gift basket drawings. They raised $25,000, which was matched by the foundation.

Employee contributions will support cancer screening for men and women including Dana-Farber’s Blum Family Resource Center Van community visits in 2019, as well as Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van stops. To date, Pink Day has raised more than $322,000 for cancer awareness and screening.

Sarah Peterson, senior community outreach specialist at Dana-Farber, said, “Arbella’s Pink Day support has been instrumental in expanding the breadth of Dana-Farber’s community outreach programs over the past ten years. The generous support from the employees and Arbella’s Foundation allows us to bring life-saving cancer detection and prevention resources to men and women across Massachusetts. We are enormously grateful.”

“It is truly a testament to our dedicated and passionate employees that we are now celebrating our tenth Pink Day,” said John Donohue, chairman, president, and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman and president of the Arbella Insurance Foundation.

Aimed at educating men and women on cancer prevention, Dana-Farber’s Blum Family Resource Center Van works to reduce the incidence of skin cancer in Massachusetts through teaching sun-safe practices and free skin cancer screenings for the public.

As the only mobile mammography program in Massachusetts, Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van provides free mammograms and breast health education to medically-eligible women ages 40 and older. The van partners with community-based organizations and neighborhood health centers in its mission to decrease breast cancer morbidity and mortality among medically-underserved women and increase survival rates for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

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