Last year’s Holiday Party finished up in the red, while that’s great for things like Santa’s suit, it’s not so great for finances. We are committed to trying to continue the new tradition of offering our Holiday Party free to all members. Therefore, we need to come up with more ways to raise funds. Stop & Shop has a program called Cash for Causes available to non-profits that might help.
Everyone is familiar with Stop & Shop gift cards; you buy a card for, say, $20 and you can purchase $20 worth of groceries—simple. Well, with the Cash for Causes program the Boston Prime Timers would be able to sell members and their friends gift cards and retain five percent of the price for our coffers. Five cents of every dollar would go toward funding our Holiday Party or anything else we choose.
The catch is, if we are accepted, we must purchase a minimum of $500 worth of gift cards. So the board would like to gauge the level of interest from the membership before making such a sizable financial commitment. Do you shop at Stop & Shop? Would you be willing to shop with gift cards purchased from the Prime Timers? Remember, it would cost you nothing extra on you grocery bill to help us raise 5 cents for every dollar you spend. We would make the cards available at the office every meeting day and select Tuesdays (which would be listed on our new forum). We might also be able to add it to the Tear Sheet, so you could order gift cards via mail. So if you are interested please let a board member know. We are not asking for specific commitments, we just need to gauge the level of interest.
This club is what you make of it. The board needs the help of every member to make the Prime Timers all it can be! Together we make a community.
Chef Tony will be serving up the corned beef, cabbage and a little blarney immediately following the March meeting. Join us for the next installment of the hugely successful meals with a Saint Patrick’s Day boiled dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots. Cost is $10.00 and reservations must be received by March 11th. Each dinner proves more popular than the last, be sure to get your tear sheet in early! Late reservations will not be accepted. Please indicate if a vegetarian meal is required.
In case you missed it, 2015’s holiday party was a smashing success, with dinner, dancing and good cheer, and plenty of merriment to go around.
The day started off a little rough with some hiccups which were ably handled by our volunteers, led by Harry & Philip. Tony stepped up in the kitchen to help with our meal. Philip took over shuttling our members from the train station. We had a delicious meal of turkey, roast beef, a multitude of side dishes and dessert, provided by The Silver Fox. We also enjoyed our usual monthly birthday cake. Tony & Stephen provided music and Tony manned the carving station.
For our raffle, we had numerous prizes from a number of anonymous donors, as well as two museum day passes generously provided by the Institute of Contemporary Art. As they say, it is better to give than receive. A big bravo to our membership, for they certainly gave and gave generously to The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s Toy Drive for less fortunate children cared for by DCF and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Sisters’ van was overflowing with our donation of toys, gift cards and wrapping paper. Thank you, Prime Timers, job well done!
A big thank you goes out to all of our volunteers who pulled together to make this possible. Through your donations and the efforts of our volunteers, we were able once more to offer this party to our membership, free of cost.
If you have any ideas to help us raise funds for next year’s party or if you’d like to volunteer, please talk to a board member. We look forward to another great year!
We will be presenting Fred and Emile (2015), a new documentary short about two of our members, at the January meeting, and hearing from producer Jerry Bisantz, who will take your questions.
Fred and Emile, co-produced by Image Theater and Breaking Branches Pictures, is now available via Harry Fullerton. Starring our long-time members, Fred Riley and Emile Dufour, this 25-minute documentary charts their coming out and coming together during a tumultous time in gay history. When Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004, Lowell residents Fred Riley and Emile Dufour proudly announced their marriage in The Sun. Now, 11 years later, their story is told. Directed, filmed and edited by Christian de Rezendes, produced by Jerry Bisantz with production consultant Ann Garvin, and music by Stephen Gilbane. Copies are $15 each, with proceeds furthering the distribution of Fred & Emile’s heartwarming narrative.
Call Harry today at (857) 544-3630 for your copy or pick one up at the January meeting!
Tony will be donning his chef’s coat again to prepare the third annual Thanksgiving Dinner! As in the past, the meal will consist of roast turkey and all the fixin’s. Dinner will be served immediately following the general meeting on November 21st. This year’s cost will be $10.00. All those attending MUST pre-register no later than Friday, November 13th. NO WALK-INS or late reservations will be accepted. Please advise of special requirements (vegetarian) on the Tear Sheet when you register.
Remember, the deadline is rapidly approaching, so don’t miss out on a great Thanksgiving dinner! You MUST submit your Tear Sheet or call the Office if you wish to attend, as we will not be able to accomodate members who did not RSVP.