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100+ People Who Care Tewksbury Group Expands Board

Last night the current board of the 100+ People Who Care Tewksbury giving circle, part of the 100 Who Care Alliance, voted in four new board members. Shana Abbott, Erin Anderson, Mary Aylward and Bruce Shick join Brent Conway, Lorna Garey, Michael Malizia, Beth McFadyen, Krissy Polimeno and Jayne Wellman.

The newly expanded board will help the group, now numbering 115 and accepting new members, to reach its 2022 goal of 150 People Who Care collectively donating $15,000 per quarter to local nonprofits.

100+ People Who Care Tewksbury holds quarterly one-hour business meetings preceded by an optional social hour. All members pledge to donate $100 four times per year. Prior to each meeting, members may nominate one nonprofit to be a possible recipient; three organizations are randomly selected by the board of directors using an online pickerwheel. 

During the quarterly meeting, the three selected organizations make presentations to members, who vote to decide which nonprofit will receive the Impact Award. Two generous sponsors make $250 donations to the nonprofits that received fewer votes, and members often choose to donate to all three presenting charities.

At its first meeting, at TJ Callahan’s, the group awarded $10,000 to Alternative House.

Into Action Recovery received the Q122 Impact Award of $10,000; other winners include Alternative House, Hidden Battles and Lazarus House. Sponsors TJ Callahan’s and the Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee awarded a total of $500 to Catie’s Closet and CTI.

The June 22 and Sept. 20 meetings will be hosted by Wamesit Lanes with a social hour beginning at 6 p.m. Interested residents are invited to attend with no obligation to donate. Local businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring can reach out to any board member or email Shana Abbott, Sponsorship Chair, at email

To join or for more information, visit the group’s Facebook community page or website¬†or drop us an email.

About 100 Who Care: Realtor Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan, developed the 100 Who Care giving circle model in 2006 when she learned that a local organization desperately needed baby cribs. Dunigan asked 100 friends to donate $100 each and ended up raising over $12,000 to buy cribs for moms in need. Today more than 600 groups have replicated the model across the United States. To learn more about the giving circle model, check out

Lorna is a U.S. Army veteran and 25-year resident of Tewksbury who has written for organizations ranging from the DIA to InformationWeek to a free weekly in New London that sent her to interview the pastry chef at Foxwoods.

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