FALL 2014 FUNDRAISER FOR ANGELS TAKE FLIGHT!
OUr Fall 2014 fundraising event is going to be a fun night with friends, and a talented artist, painting a beautiful piece of canvas art. This event is open to individuals 16 and older, but attendees 21 and over are welcome to BYOB! This event will be held on November 14th, 2014 at Painting With A Twist in East Longmeadow, MA. from 6-8PM! You need to pre-register for this event using the link below. Due to the level of preparation needed, walk-ins are not feasible. If you are not in the area and still wish to contribute to the event, please register and let us know you would like to send someone in your place! Please know the artist will begin instruction promptly at 6PM. Please feel free to arrive a bit early to claim a seat, and to start snacking. Come Paint with a Purpose with us!
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At the first scholarship breakfast, we congratulated Nathan Schreffler of Holyoke High School as our first recipient. Here, he is featured with his mother, Cindy, and President Tamara Blake[/caption]June 3, 2014 – We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who made our first scholarship breakfast huge success on June 3, 2014. Thank you to Pastor Nathaniel Anderson From Christ the King Lutheran Church in Wilbarham for delivering a beautiful morning blessing. It was truly a moving moment. Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped us before during and after the event. Carolyn Roberts, Marc Garutti, Kellly Zieba, and Judith Crowell were immensely helpful. A very special thank you to New York and Buffy Mayo for sponsoring a portion of the breakfast. A very special thank you to Buffy Mayo for speaking at the breakfast. Denise Hurst moved everyone while presenting a citation from the Springfield school committee to Tamara Blake and Angels Take Flight. Her long time support is appreciated! The talented Jennifer Garutti was present at our breakfast to take photographs that once again beautifully capture our mission. She is incredible! What a lot of people don’t realize is that for the past seven months, we have had some very hard-working table Angels inviting people to our breakfast. We literally would not have had a breakfast without them. They were instrumental throughout this whole process and we are in deep appreciation of them. They are: Denise Hurst, Danielle Williams, Sandy Amatruda, Gandara (Suzanne Bowles, Korie Mix, Kim Majewski), Phyllis Williams-Thompson, Kelly Zieba, Liz Walz, and Zaida Govan. As always, A special thank you to board members Melinda Moreno, Hayes Murray, and Cyndi Rebelo for all that they do. Thank you so much to our scholarship winner, Nathan Schreffler, and his proud mom, Cindy for attending the breakfast. Last but not least, thank you to each and every one of you who attended. You made a huge difference.
November 30, 2013 – 2nd Annual Comedy Showcase
Thank you SO much for making our 2nd annual comedy event a success! We are in appreciation of so many people who made the event possible! To the Board of Angels Take Flight – Melinda, Cyndi, and Hayes who are instrumental in our organization and all of our events. To the volunteers for the night – Kristi, Lori, Kara, and Glenn. They helped us before, during, and after the event! To the Masonic Lodge of East Longmeadow – for a second year in a row, the gentlemen here allowed us to use their space, and more than that – they are huge supporters of Angels Take Flight and have welcomed us with very open arms! To DJ Karl Hosnander – because of him, we had fantastic music, lighting, and laughs as well! To Pam McGrath – she made all of our stunning cupcakes!!!! They were so delicious and even featured chocolate angel wings on top of them! (Many people were happy to take cupcakes home). To Nino’s Pizzeria – it is not an easy feat to feed close to 100 people, but they did it! The Izzo family is incredible and made multiple delicious past choices for our guests along with bread and salad! Thanks to Andre for creating a gorgeous flower arrangement for everyone to see when they walked in! To everyone who helped us with promoting the event – Jess Miller for assisting us to build our new website, ROCK 102 and Mass Appeal for allowing us on their shows to promote the event, and everyone who ever posted on facebook or other social media, invited a friend, or brought a friend! Thanks to The Reminder publications and Chris Maza for once again writing a beautiful piece about the event! And to Katie Stebbins of BYOFAmily for writing a lovely piece about the event as well! Thank you to the Latina Republican who covered the event! A huge thank you to the comedians! Without them, the show would literally not have been possible! Darryl Rosemond, Marcellino Hill, and Darren Rivera brought the house DOWN! And not to mention our surprise guest comedian Artie Rob! Last, but certainly not least, thank YOU for coming out! We are in appreciation of your continuous support of Angels Take Flight! By showing up and having fun, YOU helped give more children of our community wings!
On Sunday, October 27th, 2013, The Skin She’s In fashion show occurred! 50% of the proceeds from the show went directly to Angels Take Flight! This fashion show has been going on for 7 years and features models from very diverse backgrounds, shapes, and sizes! The goal of the fashion show is to honor all women and provide restored dignity and pride in oneself. We thought it was awesome children walked as models, also!
May 4, 2013 – Our friends at 7-Eleven held a grand re-opening! At this grand re-opening, there were raffles, fun, and food! All of the proceeds from the raffle went directly to Angels Take Flight! We are so appreciative of 7-Eleven, especially the Springfield 7-Eleven!!! Even Congressman Richard Neil supported Angels Take Flight! He stopped by the 7-Eleven to show support and to participate in the raffle!
April 21, 2013 – Second Annual 5K
Thank you to everyone who came out for our Second Annual 5K! Thank you to our many volunteers including students from Sabis School (pictured here) as well as a local boy scout troop.
Comedy Showcase November 24, 2012
Angels Take Flight Would like to thank everyone who made the Angels Take Flight comedy showcase a huge success!!! First and foremost, to the comedians Bill Posley, Darryl Rosemond, and Marcellino Hill! You were all WONDERFUL and truly MADE the night! A big THANK YOU to the volunteers for the event, and for the night. So many of you helped clean up after and set up before the show. A big thanks to Lori McEachern and Melinda McGrath Moreno who are volunteers of Angels Take Flight. THANK YOU to all the guests – the night literally would not have been made possible without you!!! Thank you for your continued faith in Angels Take Flight! The DELICIOUS food was provided by Nino’s on 674 Dickinson Avenue – they are truly incredible! Of course, thank you to the Masonic Lodge in East Longmeadow for hosting the event and our friend Richard Regnier who brought us this wonderful connection. Thank you to DJ Robert Rell for providing us music! Also a big shout out to Michaels Party Rental in Ludlow who helped out with staging! Again, THANK YOU for coming out! We appreciate each and EVERY ONE of you who attended this spectacular event.
July 31, 2012 – Christmas in July Toy Drive
Angels Take Flight would like to say THANK YOU to everyone in the community who came out on July 31st, 2012 for our Christmas in July Toy Drive. All of the positive energy in the room for the children of the community was so appreciated. The children will greatly benefit from YOUR generosity. Keep a lookout on our website for an application which will be posted in the fall to receive some toys for the holiday season for you or someone you know who could benefit from them.
We would like to thank all of the local businesses who helped make our event a success with their donations: Starbucks of Granby, Ct., and Lorraine Blake who donated beautiful gift baskets; Leone’s Restaurant, La Fiorentina Bakery, Tony’s Pizza, Six Flags New England, Executive Press, Inc. and Salon Karma who donated generous gift certificates.
Also, we would like to thank the hard working people in the community who helped make this happen including Melinda Melinda McGrath Moreno and Vinny Bortolussi for fundraising efforts.
In addition, thank you to the Department of Children and Families and the Reminder Publications (Chris Maza) for assisting us in advertising for the event. A special thank you goes out our friends at WWLP for featuring a segment on Mass Appeal about the event as well! The coverage received was immensely appreciated.
Lastly, we want to thank YOU, our wonderful community, who came out in support of the children. We had representatives from DCF, local police departments, the YWCA of Greater Springfield, other local foster care and community mental health agencies. Also present were an abundance of caring community members. All of the funds raised will go toward purchasing luggage for children in transitions.
April 28, 2012 First Annual Angels Take Flight 5K in Forest Park, Springfield MA
The Angels Take Flight first annual 5K was a huge success! Thank YOU so much for coming out and supporting us support the children of the community! This means the world to us. =). Special thanks to all of the volunteers from Sabis school orchestrated beautifully by Chelsea Rodrigues. They volunteered before, during, and after the race! Thank you to Mr. Bryan McGrath and his volunteers from 7-11 for supplying refreshments and healthy snacks! Thank you to Elements massage in East Longmeadow and Stop & Shop of Springfield for donating the prizes! For everyone who ran, walked, and donated, THANK YOU for helping to give the children of our community wings!