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May 4, 2013

Talk of the Times: Open Door reins in $20K Wal-Mart grant

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Talk of the Times readers and others who joined in a Facebook poll over the past two weeks have made The Open Door a winner.

Julie LaFontaine, executive director of the Gloucester-based food pantry and human services agency, confirmed Friday that The Open Door has won a $20,000 prize being offered by Wal-Mart as part of the retail giant’s “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative.

The Open Door captured the prize while competing against more than 300 other hunger relief organizations across the nation, with the winners decided through a Facebook voting campaign spotlighted in last week’s “Talk of the Times.”

LaFontaine said the money will be used to support PowerSnack, an after-school supper program offered at Veterans Memorial Elementary School. PowerSnack offers kids a chance to fuel up before they head home for the day, with the supper program including a kid-friendly entree coupled with fresh fruits and vegetables selected by the child from a student-sized salad bar.

“The Open Door PowerSnack supper program helps connect kids to good food,” LaFontaine said. “We’re so excited — thank you to everybody who helped us get this.”

Glosta Strong, Boston Strong!

Rising local singer-songwriter Chelsea Berry will top the bill Tuesday night when the Cape Ann Brewing Company hosts a fund-raising event for the victims of the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings, drawing on the theme of “Glosta Strong Supporting Boston Strong.”

Featuring entertainment by Berry and friends, the brewery will be donating 50 percent of the night’s proceeds, while also holding several raffles and a silent auction. All of the money raised will go to The One Fund Boston.

“When tragedy hits anywhere it’s important for people and businesses alike to do their part to make a difference,” said Cape Ann Brewing Company owner Jeremy Goldberg. “With this attack hitting so close to home,” he added, “it’s even more important that Gloucester stands up and supports our Boston brothers and sisters.

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