The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 27, 2000

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest launches annual campaign

By now everyone in town should have received their annual fund-raising letters from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest. It will take the generosity of hundreds of friends and neighbors to reach the $600,000 mark -- the highest annual campaign goal in the Community Chest's 53-year history. Since 1947 the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest has served both towns by raising money and giving responsibly to a broad range of human service organizations.

President of the board of directors and Carlisle resident Laurie Diercks hopes to increase participation by households in town. "It's all about being a good neighbor. .... And when you give where you live you know that the money will go to those most in need."

This year Concord-Carlisle Community Chest awarded a record $506,000 to 25 human service organizations that serve Concord and Carlisle. The grants supported a wide range or services including family and individual counseling, legal assistance, job retraining, support for domestic violence victims, adult respite care, preschool scholarships, parenting support, elder assistance, adoption services, substance abuse prevention, and adolescent programs.

Distribution of funding follows a thorough review process that ensures donations go to those agencies that most need local support. In addition to supporting member agencies financially, the Community Chest provides technical assistance in the areas of fund-raising, community collaboration, and long-range planning.

Concord Carlisle Community Chest member agencies are the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay, Because We Care, Boston Minuteman Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Center for Parents and Children, Concord Area Preschool Association, Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education, Concord Children's Center, Concord Family and Youth Services, Concord Scout House, Cooperative Elder Services, Domestic Violence Victims Assistance Program, Eliot Community Human Services, FISH of Concord, Friday Night Fun Club, Friends for Tomorrow, Gaining Ground, Girl Scouts of America Patriot's Trail Council, Health Intervention/Prevention Counselor at Concord-Carlisle High School, Minute Man Arc for Human Services, Minuteman Senior Services, Network for Women's Lives, Open Table, Restoration Project, South Middlesex Legal Services, and the Youth Collaboration Project.

The Community Chest board also made two special grants to revitalize the radio station at Concord-Carlisle High School and partially fund a peer mediation counselor at the Concord Middle School.

For more information about the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest call 369-5250 or connect at

· Eva Jellison of Judy Farm Road took the gold medal in Youth-14 mixed sabre tournament in Scituate on October 21. Eva went undefeated for the day fencing against both boys and girls in this local tournament. Jellison's teammates Daria Schneider (Brookline) took silver and Peter Russo (Bedford) placed ninth in his first tournament. Erica Pernice of Judy Farm Road, took Gold in the Youth-ten Mixed Sabre tournament. They all fence for Prise de Fer and are coached by David Blake and Ariana Klinkov of Carlisle.

· Class of 2000 Spaghetti Supper top sellers. - Evan Myers-Tierney (center, with hat) sold $880 worth of tickets to this year's Spaghetti Supper. Eric Stengrevics (to the left of Myers-Tierney) and Alexandra Byers (to his right) each sold over $300. The nine other students selling more than $200 individually were Lisa DeBruzzi, Priyanka Singhal, Robert Dolins, Megan Herman, Lauren Lamere, Julian Allison, Eric Seifert, Ashley Morgan, and (not shown) Alexander Pease.

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito