The 6th New Life 5k Trail Run hits the trails on May 13th
New Life Furniture Bank is excited to host its 6th annual 5k Trail Run and Kids Fun Run, on Saturday, May 13th on the Medfield State Hospital grounds (at Hospital Rd. & Service Dr., Medfield, MA). The route winds through the beautiful Charles River Reservation, and the event is open to runners, walkers and everyone in between. Bellforge Arts Center will host a live DJ, food trucks, and fitness activities.
Trail Run registration is open at newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun. An “early bird” discount of $25 is available until April 29; after that registration will be $30 until May 11; and $35 on race day. On-site Kids Fun Run registration will be $5. There is a $5 group discount for teams of four or more when the registrations are made at the same time. On-site registration opens at 9:00 am on race day. Children ages 4-10 are invited to join us for the Kids Fun Run at 10:00 am, and the Trail Run starts at 10:30 am, with live music to follow. The first 250 people to register will receive a t-shirt on race day.
The Trail Run benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide gently used household furnishings to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness.
The Medfield-based non-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for folks who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property.
“Last year, New Life served over 700 households and the demand for our services is greater than ever,” noted Rich Purnell, Executive Director of New Life. “The Trail Run is a fun and effective way to make a difference for the individuals and families we serve as we empower them with the means to furnish their homes.” Over the years, the Trail Run has become a community-building event and New Life is grateful to Bellforge for collaborating to enhance the race atmosphere.
Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.
Hunter’s Run Foundation was founded by Kristen Williams. It serves to bring awareness to Organ Donation. Kristen Williams’ 14 year old son is a two time double lung transplant recipient. Hunter had his first transplant at 21 months old. He was blessed to have his second in July of 2015. In late 2022, Hunter had a kidney removed and is battling cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy but still enjoys getting out and exercising all that his body will allow him. Hunter is hoping to be able to ride his bike around the course this year!!
We are so excited to announce April 2, 2023 will be the 8th Aunnual Hunter’s 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Run. This is Hunter’s Run Foundation’s 8th consecutive year raising funds for Boston Children’s PediatricTransplant Center. These funds go to familes who are currently in the hospital with their sick child. Funds go to help with housing, food, and parking amonst other family needs (as Boston Children’s sees fit). These funds help families focus on what is important during which could be the most tramatic time in their life. Our 2022 donations allowed us to gift Boston Children’s Hospital $10,000. We also donated to Donate Life New England. We hope to do the same in 2023!!!
Hunter’s Run Foundation’s mission is to bring awareness to the importance of Organ Donation. It also serves to help various organizations such as Boston Children’s Hospital and Donate Life.
This documentary is inspiring. It is entertaining to watch and offers new hope for the climate crisis conversation! If you have been suffering from climate-related anxiety or despair, this movie is for you. Please help to spread the word to neighbors and friends.
Posted onNovember 28, 2022|Comments Off on Eagle Scouts William Henry Whitaker, Joshua L. Lozano, and Hayden Christian Sutherland Gray
This past Saturday afternoon there was a Troop 89 Eagle Scout Court of Honor for new Eagle Scouts William Henry Whitaker, Joshua L. Lozano, and Hayden Christian Sutherland Gray at the UCC. All three are 2022 graduates of Medfield High School and had returned to town for Thanksgiving.
Left to right (with the merit badge sashes): Billy Whitaker, Josh Lozano, and Hayden Gray
The Lozano family
The Whitaker family
The Gray family, with Eagle adviser Hilli Passas
Hayden Gray delivering his remarks
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Posted onNovember 21, 2022|Comments Off on Madeline Rothstein – Medfield’s first female Eagle Scout
Madeline Rothstein – Medfield’s first female Eagle Scout
At an Eagle Scout Court of Honor this past Saturday at the UCC, Madeline Rothstein became Troop 10’s, and Medfield”s first female Eagle Scout.
Madeline was administered the Eagle Oath and Charge by her older brother Ben, who is a Troop 10 Assistant Scoutmaster. Ben pinned the Eagle Award on Madeline. Ned Rothstein, Madeline’s father, and the Troop 10 Scoutmaster also participated in the ceremony.
Scouts showing all the ranks in scouting through which Madeline had progressed to get to Eagle.
I was told that the scout on the left in the front holding the Eagle placard and sporting the double sashes, acquired every merit badge that scouting offers.
Nice to see in attendance Rep. Denise Garlick (with a cane due to recovering from knee replacement surgery), our new State Senator, Becca Rausch at her first such Medfield event, and my fellow Select Board member, Eileen Murphy, who said that as only the town’s third female Select Board member that she especially wanted to celebrate the town’s first female Eagle Scout.
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Posted onNovember 16, 2022|Comments Off on Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s 2021 grantees’ report
Legacy Fund Grantees Report
Grantees of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s latest 2021 round of grants reported to the Medfield Foundation board and the Legacy Fund founders at a meeting this past Monday evening at the Public Safety Building.
Friends of the Medfield High School Theatre Societyreported on the new cyclorama purchased with its grant which was installed at the back of the stage in the MHS auditorium, allowing for better performances. “The replacement of the MHS auditorium cyclorama allows students to engineer complex lighting scenarios; offers those performing a more complex atmosphere in which to tell their stories; and enhances the visual quality of shows for Community members who attend performances.”
Medfield Outreach used its grant to commission a survey of town needs, data designed to focus Outreach’s strategic plan. Outreach Director Kathy MacDonald reported on the survey and its results. “In the winter of 2022, Medfield Outreach began work to complete a community needs survey and create a five-year strategic plan for the department. What you see on these tabs is the result of that almost six month long undertaking.”
Sustainable Medfield used its grant to further publicize and share its mission promoting sustainability with town residents – “1. Provide residents a one-stop resource of Medfield-specific ACTIONS to improve our environment and reduce our carbon footprint. and 2. Connect community groups to network and collaborate on sustainability.”
About the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Is a professionally-managed endowment created to support community-driven projects. Volunteer-run and designed to complement the initiatives of Medfield organizations, the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund raises funds from the community and makes grants to established non-profit organizations through a competitive process. For more information or to contribute to the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, please visit https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/legacy-fund.
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The Angel Run is a community “fun” raiser and family event. It brings members of our community together during a festive time of year to generate funds in support of Medfield families in need. In 2006, family and friends organized the run in remembrance of Natasha Domeshek. The Medfield Foundation Inc. (MFi) took up the holiday tradition in 2012. Since then, the proceeds support town residents in need through the MFi Public Need Fund.
The Route The Angel Run course is a USATF certified 5K. The Angel Run utilizes electronic disposable bib timing to ensure accurate results for all participants. The race begins at Medfield High School and ends in front of Blake Middle School.
Parking There is plenty of parking at both Medfield High School and the attached Blake Middle School. For overflow parking, we suggest using Metacomet Park which is only a few blocks walk to the starting line.
Our Presenting Sponsors We would like to acknowledge Needham Bank and The Louis & Mary Kay Smith Family Foundation and thank them for their continued support.
About The Medfield Foundation Charity The mission of Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi) is to enrich the lives of Medfield residents and build a stronger community by supporting private fundraising initiatives that address un-met public needs. In 2021, MFi received 38 requests for assistance. Rent assistance continues to be the number one most common type of request. As a community foundation, we have had the privilege of working with many organizations and individuals in our town to raise over $3 million dollars that has been directed back to Medfield since our inception in 2001.
Participation in MFi initiatives like the Angel Run have a direct impact on Medfield residents in need. “There is so much to say about this foundation that words could never express. I have so much gratitude for everyone who is a part of this and consistently helps families such as myself. A few years ago, my lease was up for renewal and the rent increase was more than I could handle. This foundation donated a portion of the rent, which allowed me to situate my bills and funds to be able to help me be prepared for the upcoming months. The amazing souls apart of this program have honestly been a blessing and got my family and I out of multiple ruts. I hope all families in need can continue to receive their help and gratitude. Thank you again for all that you do!” – Recent recipient of MFI support.
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