Nearly $1 Million Raised at Foundation for MetroWest’s 2019 Community Leadership Breakfast

NATICK – The Foundation for MetroWest’s eighth Community Leadership Breakfast, “Business Leaders and Community Philanthropy: An Essential Partnership,” on October 25 raised nearly $1 million as the Foundation launches it’s 25th anniversary celebration.

During the Breakfast, event co-chairs Garry Holmes (R.W. Holmes Realty) and Jack O’Neil (National Development), as well as Foundation leaders, Judy Salerno and Jay Kim celebrated the past and the future of the MetroWest region’s Community Foundation.

Foundation for MetroWest Trustee Emeriti and Founding Trustee, Woolsey S. Conover was honored with the 2019 Community Philanthropist Award for his leadership and vision for establishing the Foundation in 1995.

Conover shared that his “role in starting the Foundation was among my most important, and long-lasting achievements.”

He also gave a nod to current Executive Director, Judy Salerno for her “skilled, tireless, thoughtful and intrepid leadership.”

Attendees also heard about multiple exciting initiatives as the Foundation enters its 25th year of service to the MetroWest region, including Impact MetroWest, a special 25th Anniversary Grant Program made possible by MathWorks, and the establishment of a new MetroWest Business Leadership Fund thanks to the generosity of Middlesex Savings Bank and Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation.

McAuliffe, President and CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank and Vice President of the Board of Trustees at the Foundation for MetroWest was proud to announce this new partnership, sharing “[a]s business leaders in our community, we ALL have a responsibility to help our community thrive.”

The event’s keynote speaker, John Harthorne, founder of MassChallenge, also shared his story with the more than 360 business and community leaders in the room.

“There are two fundamental responsibilities businesses or individuals have: 1. You have to create value and change the world in some way, and 2. You also have to capture some of that value to sustain your efforts. And it’s great to turn around with your piece of the pie to support worthy causes, but we have a responsibility to start at home in our backyard.” 

The Community Leadership Breakfast was made possible by the generous support of sponsors:

Silver: ArcLight Capital Properties, LLC, Brendon Properties, Cranshaw Construction, Middlesex Savings Bank, National Development ǀ Charles River Realty Investors, Oasis Systems LLC, Carol and Jack O’Neil, Amy and Bob Rands, R.W. Holmes Realty, SVN Parsons Commercial Group BOSTON, The TJX Companies, Yale Appliance + Lighting,

Bronze: Allegheny Contract Flooring, Inc., Avidia Bank, Ballentine Partners, Bernardi Auto Group, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, Brack Family Fund, CE Painting, Inc., Citizens Bank, Consigli Construction Co., Inc., Eastern Bank, Global Organics, Ltd., Ipswich Bay Glass Co., Inc., Needham Bank, New England Development, Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, S&F Concrete Contractors, Corp., Staples, Inc., Stonegate Group, VHB, Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation,

Partner: Aldon Electric, Inc., Atlantic Management, Babson College, Berkshire Bank, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Brookline Bank, Brown Advisory, Canby Financial Advisors, Carruth Capital, LLC, CBRE, Circle Floors, Coan Heating & Air Conditioning, Crosspoint Associates, Cumar, Inc., Cushman & Wakefield, Deland, Gibson Insurance Associates, Inc., DGC (DiCicco, Gulman & Company), East Coast Interiors Corp., Susan and David Elliot, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Gilmore Rees & Carlson PC, Harold Brothers Mechanical Contractors, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Janitronics Building Services, Leahy Landscaping, Inc., Lighthouse Masonry, Inc., Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops, Newmark Knight Frank, Northland Residential, O’Connell Law, LLC, Partridge Snow & Hahn, LLP, Phoenix Mechanical Contracting, Inc., Platinum Fire Protection & Services, LLC, Stanton Insurance, Swerling Milton Winnick, The N&D Group, The Nelson Companies, The Village Bank, Tufts Health Plan, Walker Development & Construction, Management, Inc., Waters Corporation, Wilmington Trust / M&T Bank

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Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the only community foundation serving the 33 cities and towns in the region. We promote philanthropy in the region, help donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serve as a resource for local nonprofits and enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Since inception, the Foundation has granted nearly $17 million to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $25 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact.

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