December 7, 2013 by 3gracesdeb
3 Graces Productions Presents: SomTwestival: Home for the Holidays!
A Benefit for the Somerville Homeless Coalition
Somerville, MA, December 6, 2013 – SomTwestival is a grassroots endeavor using the power of social media to raise money for a worthy local cause in our fair city. SomTwestival is one of hundreds of efforts in the United States and across the globe to promote civic engagement and is an approved event of Twestival. We need your help to support our winning community-based organization with our fundraising campaign!
In its inaugural year, SomTwestival received over 200 nominations for ten different Somerville organizations. The theme? A non-profit serving Somerville residents and providing basic human needs where a donation would help them make the lives of Somerville residents easier over the holiday season.
After careful consideration, 3 Graces Productions is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s SomTwestival is the Somerville Homeless Coalition.
“We were blown away by the quality work of all the nominees,” said Debra McLaughlin, Partner of 3 Graces Productions. “It was difficult to chose but we felt compelled to help the Somerville Homeless Coalition keep Somerville residents off the streets and in their own homes this holiday season.”
Jennifer Lawrence, Partners of 3 Graces Productions added, “With such an amazing breadth of community organizations in Somerville, we realized that this is a needed event! Stay tuned about collaborative fundraising in 2014.”
Barbara Rubel, Director of Community Relations at Tufts University noted, “There are so many worthwhile organizations in Somerville doing good, important work and they all need financial support from the community. The SomTwestival is a new way to raise funds using social media. We hope many residents and friends of Somerville will support this effort.”
The mission of the Somerville Homeless Coalition is to provide homeless and near homeless individuals and families with individualized supportive services and tailored housing solutions with a goal of obtaining and maintaining affordable housing. According to Executive Director Mark Alston-Follansbee, “Any funds from this SomTwestival that we receive will go to … help support the 175 people, both families and individuals, we have in permanent housing and the hundreds (387 last year) we are able to prevent from becoming homeless. Thank you for the opportunity.”
3 Graces Productions is honored to be able to assist such a needed and successful organization in Somerville this holiday season. Every single dollar raised through this effort will be donated to the Somerville Homeless Coalition and will be used as a match for their federal grant.
The other worthy organizations nominated this year include: Community Cooks, Groundwork Somerville, The Haitian Coalition, The Brian Higgins Foundation, Respond, The Welcome Project, Somerville Community Corporation, Second Chances, and Somerville/Cambridge Elder Services. Congratulations to all of the nominees!
You can help by supporting the Somerville Homeless Coalition between now and December 22nd, 2013 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/532159 or by visiting the Somerville Local First Local is For Lovers Market on December 22nd from 9am-2pm at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA. Contributions of every size are welcome!
Members of this year’s SomTwestival Planning Committee were Debra McLaughlin and Jennifer Lawrence, Partners, 3 Graces Productions and Barbara Rubel, Director of Community Services, Tufts University.
About 3 Graces Productions: Inspired by the love of all things local, partners Debra McLaughlin and Jennifer Lawrence created 3 Graces Productions in 2013. 3 Graces Productions is driven by their desire to build and celebrate community by creating inspiring events that spotlights the tremendous talents of local artists, musicians, craftspeople, artisan food and beverage producers and other small business owners in Greater Boston. 3 Graces Productions is headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts. For more information, visit: www.3gracesproductions.com.
About the Somerville Homeless Coalition: The mission of the Somerville Homeless Coalition is to provide homeless and near homeless individuals and families with individualized supportive services and tailored solutions with a goal of obtaining and maintaining affordable housing. For more information, visit: www.somervillehomelesscoalition.org.