To the editor:
All of us in this region are blessed to have so many members of the community, area businesses and organizations who are regularly willing to get involved and support our area's many vitally important nonprofit organizations.
That sense of community and spirit of giving were very present at the recent fifth annual "The Party, Jeans & Jewels" to benefit the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center held at DiBurro's in Bradford on March 10.
For the third consecutive year, Arthur S. Page Insurance served as our presenting sponsor, helping to set the tone for the local business community, which again generously supported this event through sponsorships, tickets and more than 125 donations of merchandise and services for our silent and live auctions.
Other leading sponsors included Platinum Sponsor: Wheelabrator North Andover, Inc.; Diamond Sponsors: Castagna Construction and TD Wealth Management; Sapphire Sponsors: Matter Communications, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, The Provident Bank, Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge, Stone Ridge Properties and Strem Chemicals, Inc. and our Media Sponsor: WNBP 1450 AM "The Legends".
Returning this year to rev up the crowd with his hyper-energetic and zany but motivating commentary was guest auctioneer Billy Costa, host of NECN's "TV Diner" and "Cooking with Costa." And for the fourth year, our dedicated event volunteer committee was led by Louis Rubenfeld and his wife, Cyndi Barry Rubenfeld, who again, through their tireless efforts, ensured that this event, with all of its fun, simple elegance and bling, achieved its primary objective of raising needed funds for the center.
This year marks the 30th year of service for the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center. Since 1982, thousands of people who thought that their situation was hopeless have found new beginnings through our programs and services. But the work of striving to end family violence is only possible with the help of the community and, for that pledge of commitment and support, we are deeply grateful.
Chief executive officer
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center