MARLBOROUGH – The Marlborough Senior Center and the Council on Aging recently received $6,800 in donations to enhance the center’s recreational and financial assistance programming.
The donations came from three benefactors.
The estate of Ernest Ginnetti gave $5,000 to be used to add equipment to the game room in the center.
“Mr. Ginnetti was an inspirational member of our chess clubs,” wrote Executive Director Patricia Pope in a memo attached to this week’s City Council agenda. “We are truly honored to receive this donation.”
Ginnetti was revered by other chess players at the center, playing with center members multiple times per week.
“It gave him purpose and someplace to go,” Pope said.
Pope noted that the center has sent out a survey to center members to help select new equipment for the room. Some ideas have already been proposed, such as an air hockey table, darts, or new card games.
“We’re looking to do something significant for the money,” Pope said.
An additional $1,000 provided by the Marlborough Foundation will be used to refurbish the pool tables within the center’s billiards room. This donation is provided yearly to the center, according to Pope.
The facilities team at Boston Scientific donated $800 to be used for fuel assistance. The money will specifically help individuals who have difficulty covering their heating bills.
“The elderly are sometimes overshadowed in a time when charities/fundraising are taking place around the world for those who are less fortunate,” wrote the team at Boston Scientific. “We believe that this is a worthy cause as we remembered that there are local folks that need our help too.”