Tuesday, April 8, 2008



“The Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in Boston and
the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S. —
the doors have always been open to diners since 1826”.


I received an invitation from Bob Sherburn bsherburne@thehome.org to THE HOME FOR LITTLE WANDERERS – 2008 “Cherrystones & Chowdah” Annual Donor Appreciation Reception honoring THE HOME'S "leadership supporters" at the Union Oyster House on Wednesday April 9, 2008. Last year, I was asked to be the Keynote Speaker and of course I made sure to thank the MANY generous donors for their kindness in supporting THE HOMES 20 different programs.

After I spoke, I also met many of the donors in person and one in particular was Virginia Griffin, who gasped while I was speaking about Longview Farm, a residential home for adolescent males where my brother lived. Turns out Virginia has been volunteering at Longview Farm for over 10 years so it was no surprise to hear that she received the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers (MCHSP) “2007 Volunteer of the Year” Award!! http://www.providers.org/index.html


Virginia informed me that she was also the 2007 President of the Walpole Chamber
of Commerce http://www.walpolechamber.com/ and then she asked me if I would be interested in speaking at Longview Farm for an event. WOW – I was sooo excited to be able to give back and share my story with the male residents and hopefully inspire them!

Another interesting fact about Virginia is that she owns the Watson's Candies Store
at 761 Main St Walpole, MA 02081 Phone: (508) 668-2634 and she has the Longview Farm residents work there with her.

Friends if you are a candy lover make the trip to Watsons and especially visit during the summer season when the ice cream counter is open. I highly recommend ordering my personal favorite the Coffee Frappe – YUM!

“People who come from dysfunctional families are not destined for a dysfunctional life. People who have a criminal history can and do move on to legitimate and productive careers. If you were born and raised in a low-income neighborhood, it certainly does not mean that you must spend the rest of your life there. Your past does not have to equal your future. Change in this world is inevitable; make it work to your advantage”. Bo Bennett, Author, Year To Success http://www.yeartosuccess.com/igroops/y2s/adminpages/bobennett


“The Home’s mission is to ensure the healthy emotional, mental, and social development of children at risk, their families, and communities. The Home's work is guided by a belief in the right of all children to be safe, nurtured and developed to reach their full potential. Although seemingly insurmountable obstacles are sometimes placed in their way, children’s resilience combined with the support of caring adults can make anything possible”.


“Oysters were first served to the public in this country in 1763 when a
primitive saloon was opened in New York City in a Broad Street cellar”.

“In the 19th century, the American people were enveloped in an oyster craze. In every town there were oyster parlors, oyster cellars, oyster saloons, oyster bars, oyster houses, oyster stalls and oyster lunchrooms”.

“The toothpick was first used in the United States at the Union Oyster House. Enterprising Charles Forster of Maine first imported the picks from South America. To promote his new business he hired Harvard boys to dine at the Union Oyster House and ask for toothpicks”.



A donor in general is a person that donates something voluntarily. Usually used to represent a form of pure altruism but sometimes used when the payment for a service is recognised by all parties as representing less than the value of the donation and that the motivation is altruistic.


peek at this link - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supporters


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