Neighbor Brigade Raises $26,000 in Annual Fundraiser

Second annual auction and trivia event draws more than 150 supporters of Neighbor Brigade, which was started in Wayland in 2003.

The informaiton below was submitted by the Neighbor Brigade.

Fast-growing New England nonprofit Neighbor Brigade announced this week that its second annual fundraising event, “Party in the ‘Hood,” drew more than 150 neighbors from the Boston area and raised more than $26,000 to support its mission of helping neighbors in crisis.

During the event, which was held June 7 at the Weston Golf Club, supporters heard from two recipients: a Medfield single mother of three who battled breast cancer and a Billerica mother of three whose husband suffered a brain tumor and required long-term assistance. Both women spoke movingly about the significance of the help they received from Neighbor Brigade and the overwhelming sense of caring they felt from their neighbors, some of whom they hadn't known before. 

“The evening was inspiring, uplifting and very, very unifying,” said Pam Washek, Neighbor Brigade’s co-founder and executive director. “When you hear the stories, people just instinctively ‘get it;’ when a neighbor is down and struggling with a sudden crisis, there is nothing more important than a helping hand. Whether it’s a ride here or a meal there, for the recipient it all adds up to critical relief and a much-needed sense of hope and being able to cope.

“While everyone was there to support this important mission, we also took some time to laugh and just enjoy each other’s company,” continued Washek. “Between the trivia team contest and the live and silent auctions, there was something for everyone and it was just great fun.”

Sponsors for the event included Collins & Collins, Especially for Pets, Help Around Town, Judy Boyle Re/Max Signature Properties, Lynch Landscape, Tier One Partners LLC and Washek Electric. 

For more information about how to become a volunteer, start a chapter or make a donation, visit www.Neighborbrigade.org.


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