, Newburyport, MA

November 19, 2013

Pettengill House fundraiser a success

Newburyport Daily News

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On behalf of Executive Director, Deborah Smith, and the Board of Directors of The Pettengill House, Inc., we would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the annual Pettengill House Fundraiser at the Blue Ocean Music Hall a wonderful success.

Our appreciation goes to long-time donor, Michelle Walsh, the Honorary Chairperson chosen for this year’s event. It is a privilege to have someone so committed to helping the children and families of our communities, organizing fundraisers and food drives and volunteering in our programs. Our gratitude goes to Wayne Capolupo, who donated the use of his spectacular venue and to Patty King, our venue organizer. Thanks also to Brian Young and The Thomas Machine Works Band for the donation of their time and talent, and to Terrance Gleason for his beautiful floral arrangements. Our volunteers extraordinaire, John Fournier, Gail Kelleher, Eliza Young and Carol Bartlett were invaluable.

We are grateful to the Board of Directors, Advisory Members, and staff of the Pettengill House for their support. We would like to recognize our event committee for their tireless efforts in making this evening possible: Sue Ottaviano, Pam Bishop, Peg Brown, Gary Coltin, Heidi Fournier, Karen French, Sandra Licciardo, Les Murray and Committee Chairs Cathy Mamakos and Linda Young.

We are sincerely thankful and touched by the many supporters who attended, our silent auction donors, community sponsors, and anonymous donors whose generosity made the night such a great success, notably our live auction donors: Newbury Food Mart, Mary Sylva, Laurie Knapp and Michael and Michelle Walsh.

And finally a very special thank you to our Platinum Sponsors: Institution for Savings and Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and Gold Sponsors: Leeward Light Charitable Thrift Store and The Provident Bank.

The mission of the Pettengill House is to support and empower children and families by providing education, comprehensive case management and basic needs; and by coordinating community supports that contribute to individual and family stabilization, personal growth and development. All of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to benefit these local children and families.

For more information or to make a tax deductible donation please call (978) 463-8801 or visit us at All donations stay local and have an immediate and direct impact in our community.

Julie Havey

Pettengill Program Coordinator