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March 8, 2013

Nonprofit to raise funds for park care

NEWBURYPORT — There’s a new nonprofit in town and its cause is the city’s own backyard.

Parks commissioners have long sought ways to supplement funding to provide park maintenance at a level worthy of Newburyport’s unique and popular parks. Long-time city benefactor, The Mayor Gayden W. Morrill Charitable Foundation, has helped to establish the Newburyport Parks Conservancy (NPC), an organization dedicated exclusively to the care and maintenance of Newburyport parks.

To kick off its fundraising efforts, the NPC will hold a Spring Wine Tasting on March 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. in Steeple Hall at the Mission Oak Grill. Sponsored by Port Wine and Spirits and the Mission Oak Grill, organizers promise an evening of music featuring Jazz Trio Lux, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and raffle and a sampling of fine wines. Event-goers will be able to place orders for wine for holiday celebrations and other occasions at a discounted price. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at www.newburyportparks.org or at Port Wine and Spirits in the Market Basket Plaza on Storey Avenue. For more information, call 888-465-1733.

The Newburyport Parks Conservancy was founded as a “dba” of the the Mayor Gayden W. Morrill Charitable Foundation whose many recent projects include contributing to the renovation of Brown Square, the construction of the first phase of the Clipper City Rail Trail and Phase I of the Joppa Park Improvement Project.

Parks administrator Lisë Reid, who has been intimately involved in the establishment of the foundation said in a press release, “By lending their organizational structure to this nonprofit, trustees of the Mayor Gayden W. Morrill Charitable Foundation have allowed us to skip the lengthy process of incorporating a new charity and go directly to the important work of raising money to improve the maintenance of our many fabulous parks.”

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