November 14, 2018
Funds Raised for Homeless; Campaign Launched for Theater

November 3, 2017 — The Somerville Homeless Coalition recently announced it raised $85,000, a record, via an annual road race event, while The Cape Playhouse in Dennis has launched a campaign to raise $500,000 to fund needed repairs.

Somerville Homeless Coalition Raises $85K via Road Race

The Somerville Homeless Coalition, a Somerville nonprofit that helps homeless and near-homeless families and individuals access and maintain safe, affordable, permanent housing, reported that it raised $85,000 via an annual road race.

The 5K Road Race, held last month, set a fundraising record, besting the $77,000 raised a year ago.

More than 900 runners and walkers registered, and more than 30 individuals collected more than $12,000 in donations from friends, family, and colleagues to further support the work of the Coalition.

Kathryn Benjamin, director of development at the Somerville Homeless Coalition, said, “We’re grateful for all the support we received from our partners, businesses and individuals alike, that allows us to do our work.

"And as difficult as it is for people to be poor in our society, having Connor want to make a difference when he’s 12 years old gives me real hope for the future. Working together we can make a difference in our community.”

Sponsors included Ames Business Park, the Somerville Road Runners, Callahan Construction, and Whole Foods.

Shawn Szturma, who was the top fundraiser for the fourth consecutive year, said, “With all the resources we have in America, homelessness shouldn't exist. Yet it does. I hope that my fundraising for the Somerville Homeless Coalition will help some families and kids keep a home and break the cycle of poverty."

Cape Playhouse Launches Fundraising Campaign to Raise $500K

The Cape Playhouse, a Dennis nonprofit that has been providing live theatrical performances for 91 years, recently launched a fundraising campaign to help fund needed repairs and operational improvements.

The campaign, which aims to raise $500,000 before the theater opens its next season in June , is a part of an effort to push the organization "in a new direction," according to board president Leslie A. Gardner as reported in The Cape Cod Times.

Managing Director Brett Bernardini was quoted, “The number of people stepping up to be involved to ensure the future of the playhouse has been absolutely, overwhelmingly exciting."

"It’s a rare public fundraising campaign in the 11 years since the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, which oversees the theater and adjacent Cape Cinema, became a nonprofit organization, and its goal is nearly twice what was raised in donations in the most successful year during that period," the paper noted.

Last summer, the longtime supporters and other stakeholders reportedly expressed concern about insufficient preventive and other maintenance work over the previous decade.

The paper reported that the organization is now moving ahead with repairs following a "restructuring" that led to the departure of some longtime leaders.

The Cape Playhouse structure was originally a 19th-century Unitarian Meeting House that was relocated to its current site in 1927.

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