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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares to Host the Spirit of Home celebration and fundraiser on October 25 to Benefit Homes for Our Troops

2016spiritcolor-web  The charitable foundation of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares, will host the 11th annual Spirit of Home Celebration to benefit Homes for Our Troops on October 25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that is committed to supporting veterans who have sustained severe injuries during their military service. Established in 2004, the organization constructs specially adapted homes for veterans and their families across the nation.

Merit McIntyre, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage New England, will join company and business leaders, affiliated sales associates, local veterans, and supporters of HFOT. Marine Corporal Brandon Rumbaugh of Uniontown, Penn., a veteran who lost both of his legs while serving in the Marine Corps. in Afghanistan, will be honored.

“We are very pleased to once again host this fundraiser in support of Homes for Our Troops. This is the third consecutive year we have selected Homes for Our Troops as the beneficiary of Spirit of Home because we are committed to supporting our Veterans and helping HFOT build specially adapted homes for the men and women who have sacrificed so much to serve our country and protect our freedom,” said McIntyre. “We invite the community to support us in this very worthy endeavor.”

Spirit of Home will feature a brief presentation and cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, cash bar for cocktails, as well as live and silent auctions. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased by visiting here.

About Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post – 9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to their program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives.



49th Golden Ball Tavern Antiques Show

The 49th Golden Ball Tavern Museum’s Annual Outdoor Antiques Show was held on Saturday, September 24th, with a Preview Party Friday night. Proceeds from this event are the primary source of funds for the on-going restoration and development of the Golden Ball Tavern as a museum and educational resource for schools and for students of the history of architecture and the decorative arts.

Photos by John Harmon Photography

Needham Bank Provides METCO Funding for Second Year in a Row


Stephen Walls, Wellesley Branch Manager, Kalise Worum, Wellesley METCO Director, Paul Totino, Needham Bank’s President, Mark Whalen, Needham Bank’s CEO, Bill Darcey, Member of the Bank’s Advisory Council, David Lussier, Wellesley School’s Superintendent, and Jack McGeorge, Needham Bank’s Chairman of the Board

Needham Bank announced that it will provide a total of $25,000 in funding, spread among five school districts serving six local communities, to enable them to continue full METCO participation during the 2016-2017 school year.

METCO, which has been in existence since 1966, is the country’s oldest continuously operating voluntary desegregation program. It facilitates opportunities for inner city youth to attend suburban schools. The program was hit with significant spending cuts recently as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts struggled to balance its budget.

“When we came forward to support our community’s METCO programs last year, the impact was immense. With the addition of another METCO school district in Natick, where we’ve opened a new branch office, we wanted to continue and expand our support,” said Mark Whalen, Needham Bank’s Chief Executive Officer. “METCO’s stated purpose is to decrease racial isolation and increase diversity. We whole-heartedly believe in those goals and wanted to provide tangible evidence of our community commitment.”

Six communities in Boston’s MetroWest suburbs will benefit from the funding – Natick, Needham, Dover, Sherborn (as part of the Dover-Sherborn Regional School District), Wellesley and Westwood.

Wellesley School Superintendent Dr. David Lussier praised the Bank’s approach: “METCO is an important component of our overall academic program in Wellesley and to have the public support of a community-minded business like Needham Bank is significant.”

Wellesley local METCO Director, Kalise Worum, echoed the local superintendents’ sentiments. “On behalf of all of the participating METCO Directors, I can’t tell you how pleased we are that Needham Bank has decided to do this again,” she said. “It is like an answer to a prayer.”