WORCESTER _ The word legendary, with its mystical connotation, is apt when describing the likes of sports icons Tedy Bruschi and David "Big Papi" Ortiz. Likewise, it is appropriate for use in describing the spell cast by the holiday season.
Exemplifying that spirit is A Legendary Evening, slated Saturday, Dec. 16, at Mechanics Hall.
The evening celebrates community, philanthropy and great accomplishments. Local lawyer Warner S. Fletcher will receive the Isaiah Thomas Award for Distinguished Community Service. The Telegram & Gazette's Academic Achievement Scholarship Award will be presented to Elinor Martinez. And, a silent auction will benefit the T&G Santa Fund.
The Isaiah Thomas Award has been sponsored by the T&G since 1999. It is given to someone who has made outstanding contributions to society, especially over a period of time. Isaiah Thomas, a philantropist in his day, was the publisher of Worcester’s first newspaper, the Massachusetts Spy, and founder the American Antiquarian Society.
Mr. Fletcher, director of Fletcher Tilton and a key member of Worcester's charitable community, has helped make decisions on millions of dollars in grants to local nonprofits.
Ms. Martinez, a Telegram & Gazette Student Achiever, is a graduate of Tahanto Regional High School and is attending Brown University. She was selected for her essay on separating fake news from real news. Read her opinion piece.
A Legendary Evening features a moderated conversation with Tedy Bruschi, the New England Patriots Hall of Famer known for converting interceptions into touchdowns.
Auction items are to include football jerseys signed by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Bruschi; Daytona 500 tickets with accompanying JetBlue airfare; Red Sox tickets donated by radio station WAAF along with a visit to the station's broadcast booth, a Sam Adams brewery tour, and much more. All auction proceeds benefit the T&G Santa Fund.
Now in its second year, A Legendary Evening is a key component of the T&G Santa Fund, which has granted toys, books and gifts to thousands of needy Central Massachusetts families and children each holiday season for the past 79 years.
In 2016, when Red Sox great Oritz was the special guest of "A Legendary Evening," the T&G Santa Fund raised more than $35,000 through donations and the auction stemming from the event, said Suzanne DeGeorge, director of Marketing and Events for the T&G. In addition, 1,500 donors contributed another $150,000 to the 2016 total, bringing the 2016 tally to $185,000; with 100 percent of the proceeds returning directly to the community.
"It's about bringing people together to celebrate aspects of our community," Ms. DeGeorge said of A Legendary Evening.
Ticket information for A Legendary Evening
Last year, the T&G Santa Fund assisted more than 8,000 local families. The fund works with many local nonprofits to distribute toys, gifts and books to bring smiles to thousands in need. This year we thank the following organizations who assist the T&G Santa Fund, including The Salvation Army (Worcester, Fitchburg and Milford), Catholic Charities Family and Children’s Services, Rainbow Child Development Center, Gardner Community Action Committee, WHEAT Community Services, Winchendon Community Action Committee, Department of Mental Health-Worcester, Devereux Foundation-Holden, Devereux School-Rutland, Dr. Franklin Perkins School-Lancaster and the Spanish American Center-Leominster.
PREVIOUS BALANCE: $12,232.87
Santa’s Helper $220
Santa’s Helper $200
Santa’s Helper $100
Papa & Meme’s AWESOME Grandchildren $50
Santa’s Helper $50
Santa’s Helper $25
Santa’s Helper $25
Santa’s Helper $25
IN MEMORY OF
Michael Whittemore, Beloved Son; Diane & Charles Arachy $200
Paul O’Connor & John Healy; Eleanor O’Connor $100
Mr.& Mrs. Orrin Mason; Cindy & Orrie $50
Mr.& Mrs. Russell Dean & Roger; Cindy & Orrie $50
Richard Bjork; Jan & Karl Bjork $50
Uncle Pete; Jim & Linda $50
Margaret & Peter Balcius; Love Richie & Karen $25
Our Granddaughter: Jenna Marie; Quill $25
Richard A. Nolli; Diane Betti $20
Michael Anthony Lamb; Love Auntie Karen & Uncle Red $10
Our Grampy; Love Andy & Linnea $10
Our Mormor; Love Andy, Linnea & Karoline $10
Our Mother; Love Ingrid & Karin $10
My Nana; Love Karoline $5
Nancy Moore; Justin Bernard $5
Daily Total: $1,365.00
GRAND TOTAL: $13,597.87
T&G SANTA ARCHIVES