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March 2, 2021
Food Fundraiser; Land Purchase; Grants; New Comm. Director

February 23, 2021 — For-profits raise $107K from food customers for Dana-Farber. Mass Audubon raises $442K to buy 67 acres. Chatham nonprofits get $30K to provide critical services. Madison Park Development Corporation names communications director.

For-Profits Raise $107K from Food Customers for Dana-Farber

Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches, recently announced that they donated $107,096 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston to support cancer research and treatment.

The funds were raised through an annual program run by Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches in which customers were offered a Jimmy Fund Meal Deal, with $2 of each purchase donated directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber’s fundraising arm.

“Dana-Farber is incredibly thankful for the continued support of Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo,” said Larry Lucchino, chairman of Dana-Farber. “It has been a challenging year for charities, with the ongoing pandemic, and support from Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo is crucial in helping Dana-Faber’s lifesaving mission of conquering cancer.”

Mass Audubon Raises $442K to Buy 67 Acres

Mass Audubon, a nonprofit based in Lincoln that works to protect the nature of Massachusetts through conservation, education, and advocacy, recently announced it raised $442,000 to purchase 67 acres of field and forest at Patten Hill in Shelburne.

The purchase property brings Mass Audubon's High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary to 855 acres and expands the overall protected open space in the area, which also includes the undeveloped 574-acre Shelburne Falls Fire District land (a public water supply property) and the 221-acre Davenport Farm.

“Successfully completing the purchase/protection of the Patten Hill property is a major conservation victory for us—one that would not have been possible without the help of hundreds of donors and our longtime partner, the Franklin Land Trust,” said Bob Wilber, Mass Audubon’s director of land conservation.

Chatham Nonprofits Get $30K to Provide Critical Services

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in South Yarmouth, last week announced it awarded $15,000 to each of two nonprofits in Chatham that are serving critical needs of residents in the town.

Receiving the funds were the Lower Cape Outreach Council, which provides emergency food, clothing, and financial assistance, and Monomoy Community Services, which provides child care, counseling information, and referral and family support services.

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the Advisory Council distributed $25,000 to Monomoy Community Services to provide immediate need to Chatham residents and an unprecedented $100,000 to the Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund which worked through Monomoy Community Services, Lower Cape Outreach Council, and other agencies to identify and help individuals and families in need.

Madison Park Development Corporation Names Communications Director

Kelly Ransom

Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC), a Roxbury-based nonprofit community development organization that develops real estate and promotes the welfare of local residents, recently announced that it named Kelly Ransom as director of communications and public affairs.

Ransom joined MPDC in 2018 as communications manager following her role as director of communications and events for Boston City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George. Previously, she worked with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation as fundraising and communications associate.

Ransom is a graduate of Emerge's Campaign Management Program and is currently acquiring her Certified Event Planner credentials. She studied public relations and advertising at Bunker Hill Community College.

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