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Federal Realty Investment Trust Announces Wellesley Bank As Official 2017 Premier Sponsor of Linden Square Shopping Center

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Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) is proud to announce that Wellesley Bank is the 2017 Premiere Sponsor for Linden Square Shopping center. This generous sponsorship allows for additional events and programming for the Linden Square customers this year.

The first event to kick off their sponsorship is the annual Easter HOPpenings featuring the breakfasts with the Easter bunny at The Cottage followed by centerwide activities to include a petting zoo, karaoke, face painting, Easter egg decorating and more! New programming for 2017 includes a Summer Concert Series, Summer Camp Expo, Pawctober Pet Festival and more.

“Wellesley Bank is overjoyed to have the opportunity to support our community businesses and clients through these events and programming at Linden Square. These events benefit not only our local non-profit organizations, but also our local commerce, both essential to the success of our community. We thoroughly enjoy both sponsoring and participating in the Linden Square events and are looking forward to all the wonderful events this year.” said Thomas J. Fontaine, President and CEO of Wellesley Bank.

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 10.28.29 PMPartial proceeds of the Easter HOPpenings benefits the B fund, a local non-profit whose mission is to educate and empower participants to use their time, talents, and treasures to raise awareness and funds for families caring for critically ill children.

“The B Fund is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Easter HOPpenings. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our mission and engage attendees in one of our signature activities that reinforces to children that their caring acts can help others and make a difference in the lives of critically ill children.” said Kathleen VanDernoot, Founder of The B Fund.

“Federal Realty Investment Trust strives for its shopping centers to serve as a community hub for the surrounding customers with educational, fun, and inspirational programming. The sponsorship from Wellesley Bank is a tremendous collaboration that allows us to continue offering events like the annual Easter HOPpenings to our customers while supporting a worthy cause like the B Fund” said Holly Bitz, Marketing Manager with Federal Realty Investment Trust.

Dr. Richard Weissbourd to Speak at Foundation for MetroWest Spring Inspiration Breakfast

Richard Weissbourd Author, academic, and parenting expert Dr. Richard Weissbourd will be the keynote speaker at the Foundation for MetroWest’s fourth Spring Inspiration Breakfast taking place at the Wellesley Country Club on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

This public event celebrates the benefits (and explores the challenges of) engaging children with community philanthropy. Richard’s work dovetails with this theme, as his studies focus on moral development, vulnerability and resilience in childhood. He also co-directs the Making Caring Common Project, a national effort to make moral and social development priorities in child-raising while providing strategies to schools and parents for promoting caring, a commitment to justice, and other key moral and social capacities in children. His most recent book, The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development, was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 24 books of 2009.
For 20 years, the Foundation has worked closely with local youth, educating them about the importance of giving back to their community through the Youth in Philanthropy program. Currently, the Foundation offers twelve programs throughout the MetroWest region. Since inception, over 1,100 students have participated awarding $1 million to local youth-serving nonprofits– making the Youth in Philanthropy program at the Foundation for MetroWest one of the largest in the country.

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 11.47.01 AMThe Spring Inspiration Breakfast will begin at 9:00 AM on May 4, 2017 at the Wellesley Country Club. Lend your support through sponsorship by contacting Lee Gagen, Development Associate at lgagen@foundationformetrowest.org. Individual tickets will go on sale in early March. To learn more about the event, visit foundationformetrowest.org or call 508.647.2260.

Family Promise Metrowest 8th Annual Walk to End Homelessness To Be Held April 8th


Family Promise Metrowest (FPM), a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless families, is set to kick off its 8th Annual Walk to End Homelessness event on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at the Natick Community Senior Center.

Join 105.7 WROR FM and walkers of all ages for music, raffle prizes and a 5K walk around the community. Bring your kids, dogs, grandparents, and friends to help raise awareness and end the cycle of homelessness in Massachusetts.

“Going to this event for the last two years has been a great way to spend time with my daughter while giving back to the community,” says Kelsey Hampton, Natick Service Council Director. “Last year the event raised over $150,000 which gave some of our local homeless parents and their children the assistance they needed to get back on their feet.”

FPM’s Walk to End Homelessness starts at 9:00AM on Saturday, April 8th, rain or shine, at 117 East Central Street in Natick. The first 400 registered walkers will receive a t-shirt. Walkers raising over $100 will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win an Amazon Fire HD10 tablet, Red Sox tickets, American Girl dolls, and more.

The first 100 walkers to raise $500 will be eligible to be part of the 500 Club and receive an embroidered Family Promise Pack-n-Go Pullover from Charles River Apparel.

Registration is open! To register and fundraise for the walk, go to http://walk.familypromisemetrowest.org.