Fundraiser marks 30th anniversary helping homeless shelter

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Marcio Barbosa of Checkerboards Restaurant and Bar in Hudson serves penne alla vodka to Ellen Mager. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Marlborough – About 1,000 guests gathered Dec. 12 when the Evening of Giving fundraiser marked its 30th anniversary at Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough. Proceeds go to Roland’s House, formerly known as the Marlborough-Hudson Homeless Shelter.

According to a message printed in the event program, “This event contributes approximately 11 percent of the funding needed to provide this important community service. In the last fiscal year, the program provided safe shelter and support services for 104 homeless men.”

Once again, Bob Kays served as event chair with Ivette Mesmar coordinating the food from over 25 eateries. The classic oldies band Flashback and deejay Steve Woodard provided music. Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club members handled the coat check.

Guests were encouraged to bring toiletry items to be donated to Roland’s House in Marlborough and the Willis House, a family shelter in Hudson. Donation bins were also placed prior to the event at schools and senior centers in Marlborough and Hudson.

Mike Lombardi of The Vin Bin serves a slice of muffuletta sandwich to Kevin Kaselouskas.
Linda and Dickie Bolt are served rolled stuffed turkey breast with bacon by Dan Mauro of The Buffet Way.
Linda Peace, Nate Lavertue and Dino Ferretti represent Marlborough Country Club.
Olivia Soliman, 12, gets shrimp from the raw bar sponsored by St. Mary’s Credit Union.
Playing golden oldies are Flashback bandmates (l to r) Paul Giardina, Jeff Chapman and Darrell Jackman. (Not pictured is Jim Rennie.)
Announcing raffle winners are (l to r) Bob Kays, event chair; Susan Gentili, chief program officer of South Middlesex Opportunity Council; Matt Simoneau, event committee member and his son Jack, 11.
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