Newsletter | Winter 2005

MazieRoundLogoMONDAY, JUNE 6th:

Framingham Country Club 2005 – can it be better than Framingham Country Club 2004??? If you missed last year, come join us this year on Monday, June 6th for our 7th annual fundraising tournament. We expect another great day of lunch, golf and a superior dinner, prizes and raffles, all in the relaxing atmosphere and challenging course at FCC. If you joined us last year, you know we’re talking about a great day of golf and community! Come join us – meet the crew that golfs every year – and support the great work of the Foundation. Kids are asking to be part of our program at Framingham High. We are making a difference, and we need your support.

We are especially proud of the mentees who remained in our program through high school graduation and qualified for our $2000 scholarship by continuing their educations at a post-secondary academic institution. This list continues to grow significantly:

Kiki Diamanidis, junior, Framingham State College
Yamiralis Rosario, sophomore, Atlantic Union College
Arlene Sepulveda, sophomore, University of Puerto Rico

The following students entered their freshman year this fall:
Anabell Fedorko, Bay Path College
Am Cecil Fuoti, Framingham State College
Elsy Galan, Mass Bay Community College
Ashley Manning, Westfield State College
Michelle Monson, Mass Bay Community College
Marco Montano, UMass Amherst
Morgan Orme, New England Institute of Technology
Norka Paniagua, Mass Bay Community College
John Pratt, Quinsigamond Community College
Raymari Rodriguez, University of Maryland
Ernesto Rojas, Mass Bay Community College
Brian Vitone, Pace University

Our second annual Mentor Recognition Dinner for mentors working with senior mentees will take place at the Civic League in Framingham on Wednesday, April 6th, 6-8pm. This special evening for the mentors includes their significant others, along with the senior mentees and their families. To make this event a success, we need sponsors. Last year, Fleet Bank stepped up to the plate. This year, we invite you and your business to contribute so that we can honor the almost three years of support our mentors have given to their mentees.

Please contact Sybil ( if your business might be interested in supporting our Recognition Dinner.

Our program has grown substantially from the two students matched in 1998. This fall, eighteen students were matched. The program currently has fifty-eight active pairs and plans are to match another twelve students and re-match two in February. Our next training dates are Monday and Wednesday, February 14 and 16, 6-9pm, and the Match Up is Saturday, March 5, 10am-2pm. These events take place at Staples Headquarters in Framingham. We invite you, your friends and co-workers to consider joining us in February. For more information about how to become a mentor, please contact us at 508.358.0765 or or visit

At our November award event, held at The MathWorks in Natick, three mentees received their 1-year award lap top computers, while another seven earned their 6-month award of a framed certificate and a $50 Borders Gift card. One mentoring pair in the February 2004 class received their joint 3-month goal awards of personalized Foundation mugs.

The 6-month and one-year goals included: study for the SATs, visit college campuses, interview an astronomy professor to learn about careers in this field, take AP English and earn top grades, raise a math grade from a C to a B, earn a B average in both math and science classes, join the Latino affinity group Adelante, join the Chess Club and attend regularly, interview several massage therapists to learn about this business and career, learn how to apply for jobs and apply for five, save a set amount of money for a specific goal, learn how to swim, work to reduce the fear of dogs, take steps toward a healthier lifestyle, and learn how to knit.

The 3-month Community Service goals included: volunteer as staff for a car show and help paint the Framingham Community Charter School. Congratulations to our mentees’ hard work and perseverance and their mentors’ thoughtful support.

We are proud to report that five of our mentoring pairs worked on Saturday, November 20th to smooth the way for a new path at the Broadmoor Audubon Sanctuary in Natick. Our pairs worked so efficiently, we finished what the staff had assumed would take us three hours in just under two hours. We then enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies and learned more about opportunities both to volunteer and to work at Broadmoor. The Sanctuary is especially interested in hiring teens to help with their summer programs for younger children. The next Broadmoor newsletter will feature a photo of our mentoring pairs with the Broadmoor staff. Thank you to all involved for a job especially well done.

On Saturday, November 13, the Foundation sponsored a Computer Recycling Event at the Framingham High School parking lot. E-mails, flyers, word of mouth and articles in The Metrowest Daily News, Framingham Tab and other local newspapers spread the word.

Snow was predicted and when we arrived at 9am, we had 4 inches, but we were in for a pleasant surprise. By 3:30 that afternoon, when the event ended, people had delivered over 600 pieces of electronic equipment for ecologically safe recycling. The equipment donors, volunteer mentors and mentees had a great time, and the
Foundation benefited from the donations received. Starbucks provided free coffee and Legal Sea Food’s Chowder Van added to the festivities by serving up free, hot New England Clam Chowder.

Our thanks to all those who responded with their old equipment, to our volunteers, to Legal Sea Foods, Starbucks, and to Onyx Environmental Services, a professional recycling firm in Stoughton, whose 60 foot rig we filled to capacity. The telephone calls from people who want to know if we are still collecting old computers leads us to believe there are many more to recycle, and we hope to make this an annual event.

On October 2nd, the Foundation participated in its second Rodman Ride for Kids, in Foxboro. This ride raised over 3.4 million dollars for children’s agencies throughout Massachusetts. Our Foundation participated as one of ten agencies under the Big Brother Big Sister umbrella. Thanks to the generosity of The MathWorks, in Natick, the fund raising efforts of Larry Gordon, of First Financial Resources in Framingham, and of individual riders, our Foundation raised over $15,000. We also want to thank the mentoring pairs who volunteered at the water stop and the finish line. There aren’t too many opportunities like this, where you can join 2000 riders and almost as many volunteers for an extremely enjoyable day and know your efforts support many agencies serving young people.

This year’s 2005 Ride will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1st. Our goal is to raise $20,000. We need your help as a rider, fundraiser or volunteer. Please contact us if you would like to ride or for more information.

Jan. 20 (Th): Mentor Networking evening, Staples Headquarters, 6-8pm
Feb. 5 (Sat.): Board Meeting, Staples Headquarters, Framingham, MA
Feb. 14 (M): Mentor Orientation, 6-9pm, Staples Headquarters
Feb. 16 (W): Mentor Training, 6-9pm, Staples Headquarters
March 5 (Sat): Match Up, 10am-2pm; parents/guardians: 12:00-2:00pm
March 16 (W): Award event, The MathWorks, 6-8pm
April 6 (W): Mentor Recognition Dinner, 6-8pm, Civic League
May 4 (W): Mentor Networking Evening: all mentors invited
May 18 (W): Framingham High School Award night, 7pm
June 6 (M): Seventh Annual Golf Tournament at Framingham Country Club
June 15 (W): Award event, 6-8pm, place TBA, date subject to change

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