Our major summer fund-raiser, the Yankee Homecoming book sale, was again a success. The Parish Hall location continues to provide a much easier access and more visitor-friendly venue. We sold just under $1,200.00 worth of “pre-owned” books and donated the remainder to “More Than Words,” a Boston non-profit that helps disadvantaged teens to learn business skills and earn wages in their two book stores, pass their GED’s, and even get into college.
We again had an awesome bunch of volunteers this year who made light work of sorting and selling books together. Hearty thanks to: Rob Burnham, Barbara Owen, John and Florence Mercer, Paul & Cecilia Healey, Matthew Costello, Isabella Costello, Mardi Chalmers, Paula Francese, Nancy Cribari, William Clary, Howard Manville, Pat Torkildson, Joe Brouillet, Juliana Beauvais, and Patricia Reeser.
Although Barbara Owen decided to “retire” as book sale chair last year, she was awesome in mentoring me over the last year and prepping me for taking on this task. We spent a few winter days over coffee at Commune discussing the ins-and-outs of this event. Her many years of experience and her willingness to share insider thoughts on this fundraiser I found both interesting and incredibly helpful.
Additionally, Nichole Salemi/Office Administer, Diane Young/Director of Community Engagement, and Ed Mair/Sexton were instrumental in providing book sale support leading up to and through that fun-filled week. By broadcasting the sale through many venues, rallying the volunteer troops, setting up, moving boxes and boxes of books, breaking down after the sale, coordinating who and what happens during that Yankee Homecoming Week in the Parish Hall…you all are wicked terrific. Thank you big time.--Tom Pagel, Book Sale Chair