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OUT MetroWest Names Interim Executive Director Sawyer Bethel, LICSW to Succeed Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis

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The OUT MetroWest Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Sawyer Bethel, LICSW has been named Interim Executive Director of OUT MetroWest. A member of the Board since 2015 and a partner in the organization’s work since 2013, Bethel is deeply committed to LGBTQ youth and the greater community.

A licensed social worker, Bethel was most recently a Program Supervisor and in-home therapist for community-based services at Boston GLASS (GLBTQ Adolescent Social Services), through the Justice Resource Institute. Bethel began working with OUT MetroWest in 2013 as a volunteer adult advisor for WAGLY, a peer-led, adult-supported program for LGBTQ high school youth, and has sat on the Board of Directors since 2015, serving as a member of the Finance Committee.

SBethelPortrait“We’ve learned firsthand how well Sawyer is able manage multiple leadership tasks with energy, humor, and compassion,” said Donna Tambascio, Board Chair. “We’re confident that Sawyer will lead our tremendous staff and volunteers to build on our short but impactful history of enriching the LGBTQ community in MetroWest through programming, education, and advocacy.”

As Interim Executive Director, Bethel will help ensure that the organization’s mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, fundraising, and community outreach, including educating the community about sexuality and gender while advocating for a more just and compassionate world.

“Ensuring that LGBTQQ+ youth and their families have strong community ties and programs that support their education and well-being is a passion of mine,” said Bethel. “I’m excited that now I’ll be able to more deeply help navigate OUT MetroWest in service to these resilient and amazing youth, in collaboration with a dynamic team, a dedicated Board, and committed donors.”

Jack Lewis, OUT MetroWest’s inaugural Executive Director, was elected State Representative for the 7th Middlesex District serving Ashland and South Framingham last fall and was sworn in this past January. Bethel will officially take the post April 25, 2017, for a term to be determined.

In addition to WAGLY, OUT MetroWest offers Umbrella, a trans-facilitated program for transgender and gender non-conforming high school youth; Nexus, a first-in-the-Commonwealth program for LGBTQ and allied middle school youth; and newer drop-in and LGBTQ family activities. OUT MetroWest began to operate youth programs in 2011 and became an independent not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2015.

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Laura Vecchione’s Album Release Concert to Benefit Family Promise Metrowest

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On Saturday, May 13th, come hear singer-songwriter Laura Vecchione celebrate her third album release, Love Lead, with a benefit concert to support Family Promise Metrowest. Sweet-sounding singer Jodi Heights will open the evening. The concert will take place at The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN) at 7:30pm with a reception to follow.

Laura Vecchione is a sultry, soulful performer whose voice feels much like an old friend’s embrace. Her latest album, made possible by a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, expresses the hope and courage necessary to overcome hard times. “About three years ago, the rug was pulled out from under me,” says Laura.  “But my friends gave me the support I needed to move forward, and they encouraged me to ask my fans for support. This album really honors the home that so many good people helped me build here in Boston.”

The title song of the album, Love Lead, as well as other self-composed songs like Traffic Light, fittingly describe keeping the faith during difficult times. The record is also about celebrating life, with songs like Keep Knockin’, an up-tempo rocker that will bring you to your feet.

Authentic and kind, Laura feels she has a responsibility to give back to the community since so many people supported the recording of her new album. All ticket sales will go directly to Family Promise Metrowest. Family Promise is a local nonprofit in Natick that empowers families to move from homelessness to independence. With 50 local congregations, over 2500 volunteers, and support from the community, Family Promise provides shelter, meals, job assistance, transitional housing, and much more.

TCAN’s historic firehouse (c. 1875) building at 14 Summer Street in Natick is the perfect venue to hear Laura Vecchione and Jodi Heights perform. The album release benefit concert is made possible by the generous donations of gold sponsor, S+H Construction and silver sponsor, the Sahin Family.

Visit www.lauravmusic.com to hear Laura’s music and purchase tickets for the event.

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