Westwood Community Chest Announces April Happenings


Photo by Westwood Minute/Darlene Wong Cancell. Attendees of Westwood Community Chest's recent Gala of Giving enjoyed mingling over fine wine, signature drinks, and special bites at Neroli Restaurant.

Westwood Community Chest (WCC), the non-profit which provides temporary financial assistance grants and campership awards to Westwood residents in need of short-term financial assistance, has announced a number of upcoming dates that may be of community interest this month:

  • April 6th - From noon to 6:00 p.m., the public is invited to WCC's Get Your Lobstah On! Fundraiser
  • April 15th - Applications are due from interested candidates for the WCC board
  • April 19th - Applications are due for campership awards

This Thursday, community members have a chance to satisfy their seafood cravings at WCC's Get Your Lobstah On! Fundraiser, when the Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck (the same outfit that is sometimes stationed at Lovell's in Medfield) will be taking orders at the Coldwell Banker parking lot at 692 High Street. A portion of purchases made during this time will go toward WCC's fundraising efforts to support WCC grants and campership awards.

Speaking of campership awards, community members in need of financial assistance for their children's summer camp experiences should note that WCC's current round of applications will be due on Wednesday, April 19th. 

Want to help WCC do more for the community? WCC is looking for new board members to join its group of active volunteers. Interested community members can submit a brief bio and statement of interest to westwoodcommunitychest@gmail.com by April 15th.

WCC's active board of volunteers most recently joined forces to put on the organization's annual Gala of Giving, held on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at Neroli Restaurant in Westwood. The Gala is one example, and the largest, of the fundraising and event planning activities undertaken by the board. 

Attending the Gala were a sizable community of guests numbering in the hundreds, that included neighbors along with leaders in town government and business. They came together to support WCC's mission through a night of socializing, food, and entertainment. At the ticketed event, guests participated in fundraisers in the form of a wine pull, raffle, and a silent auction. Auction items included rides to school in a Westwood Fire and Westwood Police vehicles, golfing, dining, vacation getaways, a spa-cation, and premium seating at Fenway Park, among other items.

Photo by George K. Laham. Westwood Community Chest's executive committee are (L to R) Secretary Stacy Simpson, Treasurer Rich de Reyna, Co-President Kristin Styer, Co-President Elena Price, and Vice-President Jim McLaughlin.
Photo by Westwood Minute/Darlene Wong Cancell. Gala of Giving Co-Chairs Kim Chase and Theresa Laham welcomed guests at the front desk of Neroli Restaurant.
Photo by Westwood Minute/Darlene Wong Cancell. Westwood Community Chest (WCC) board members past and present are united in support of WCC's mission to provide assistance to neighbors in need.
Photo by George K. Laham. Current Westwood Community Chest board members each played a part in organizing the Gala.
Photo by Westwood Minute/Darlene Wong Cancell. Westwood Community Chest's Gala guests were invited to enjoy two signature drinks - one garnished with bubblegum and another with burnt thyme.

You may also enjoy:

Get Your Lobstah On! (Calendar event)

Photo Gallery: Westwood Residents Unite by Light in Support of Westwood Community Chest and Neighbors in Need (Updated 12/15/22)

First Pictures from WCC's First Luminary Night

- Hometown Hero Westwood Community Chest Prepares for Annual Gala, Welcomes Applications for Financial Assistance (published 11/4/21)

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