To the editor:
The Pettengill House, Inc. hosted its ninth annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, May 14. This year we had the opportunity to honor our guests with a delicious meal at the Amesbury Sports Park. Donors heard testimony written from clients about how they were assisted and supported, and we honored those volunteer efforts that made a difference in the lives of many.
The Saturday Night Meal Program was recognized for the monthly meal program they make and deliver to those in need. Executive director Deb Smith chronicled the inception of the program and the great gap it fills.
The program is made possible through the volunteers of Central Congregational Church, East Parish United Methodist Church and Standing Committee, and Main Street Congregational Church. Coordinators Steve Fraser, Diane Clark, Stuart Johnson, Louise Macrae and Elizabeth Watson have even expanded to include volunteers at Hope Community Church.
The program, in place since 1998, serves more than 300 individuals, children and families each month who appreciate and rely on the meal.
Volunteer and Advisory Board member Peg Brown was recognized for her many years of service coordinating numerous Pettengill House programs, checking in clients weekly in our food pantry and leading many fundraising event committees. Peg is always on hand to provide support and leadership.
We also announced that Leeward Industries, Inc. will be the Honorary Chair at our March 2015 fundraising event that will be held at the Blue Ocean Music Hall. Leeward Industries has been a major supporter of The Pettengill House and has helped many of our clients through yearly donations and grants for heat and food.
We would like to acknowledge and thank our event sponsors — Gold Sponsors: Institution for Savings and Leeward Industries, Inc., Silver Sponsor: Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, and Bronze Sponsors: Healey, Deshaies, Gagliardi & Woelfel, PC, Matter Communications, and The Provident Bank.