Cala cooks up concert series partnership
Chef Jeff Cala, the executive chef for the Serenitee Restaurant Group and at Latitude 43 in Gloucester, has partnered with Gloucester-based gimmeLIVE to provide a signature menu exclusively for the gimmeLIVE Summer Concert Series at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly.
Limited quantities of gimmeLIVE VIP packages are available for shows by Chris Isaak, Aaron Neville, and Orleans.
VIP packages include premium parking, premium seating, three-course dinner at Serenitee's Back Stage Bistro on the theater's grounds, meet and greet, exclusive pre-show party, express drink service, gifts and more.
Isaak will perform June 28, with Cape Ann singer/songwriter Chelsea Berry opening.
Cape Ann's Henri Smith, a New Orleans transplant, and his New Orleans Friends & Flavours band will open for the Aaron Neville Quintet featuring Charles Neville on June 30. And Orleans, featuring Gloucester's Fly Amero, will play Aug. 30 with John Cafferty and Michael "Tunes" Antunes of the Beaver Brown Band.
Tickets range from $34 to $89; VIP passes from $129 to $189.
GimmeLIVE is owned by Gloucester-based gimmesound.com founders Vickie and Peter Van Ness. For more information, visit gimmelive.TV
Essex resident honored for service
Essex resident and global philanthropist Karen Keating Ansara, founder of the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation, was honored as "a woman who rocks" at the recent 4th Anniversary of "Get Konnected!"
More than 300 attended the event at the Harvard Club Downtown Boston, where Ansara was joined by six other honorees
Get Konnected! is Boston's first urban bi-monthly professional and business networking series. Named by La Planeta Newspaper as the "Best Boston Multicultural Networking Event," Get Konnected! brings urban professionals of diverse cultures, industries and sectors together, honoring women who have served as mentors and role models.
Ansara co-founded New England International Donors, run by The Philanthropic Initiative in Boston to help donors and investors change the world through global giving and social investing. She serves on the board of Boston's MicroCredit Enterprises and the Steering Committee of the international Opportunity Collaboration and, locally, on the board of Harborlight Community Partners which provides affordable housing on the North Shore.
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ansara worked with the Boston Foundation to raise funds for the Haiti Fund. Ansara and her husband, Jim, support anti-poverty programs globally and on Boston's North Shore via a fund at the Boston Foundation, with a current focus on the construction of Haiti's new National Teaching Hospital in Mirebalais.
For more information, visit: getkonnected.com.
Senior Care joins with RSVP
SeniorCare, the regional aging services agency that provides and coordinates non-medical services to help older and disabled residents remain independent, has celebrated its 40th anniversary by moving from 5 Blackburn Center to new headquarters at 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester.
RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore, sponsored locally by SeniorCare, also made the move with SeniorCare on May 21.
The new joint headquarters, which are all on one level, make services more accessible to those with disabilities, according to SeniorCare public relations coordinator Anne Springer. The multi-faceted organization provides information, referral, and services in a nine-community service area that is home to more than 27,000 people aged 60 and over.
Plans for an open house and an updated web site are underway, and the date has been set for July 12h for the SeniorCare Third Annual Boat Cruise,
SeniorCare can still be reached at 978-281-1750. For more information about services, events, or to sponsor a program or event, call toll free at 1-866-927-1050, or visit: www.seniorcareinc.org.
Reed awarded Pathways grant
Gloucester resident Derek J. Reed has been awarded a $2,500 "Quality of Life" grant by the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation for outstanding community service on behalf of Pathways for Children, a Gloucester based nonprofit dedicated to meeting the child care, educational and emotional needs of children and families in the Cape Ann region.
Reed, a current board member and former Board Chair, was a beneficiary of Pathways programs as a child, and has been a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for ten years.
The MDRT Foundation is an international, independent association of nearly 36,000 of the world's best life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 78 countries. Created in 1959 to provide MDRT members with a means to give back to their communities, it has, since its inception, donated over $27 million in more than 67 countries throughout the world and in all 50 U.S. states.
This grant will help fund Pathways for Children's Infant/Toddler Care program which also supports and educates adolescent parents in developing parenting skills.
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