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Girls Inc. Receives $10,000+ Impact Award

Lowell Makes and Tewksbury Police Athletic League also presented

“I’m so grateful right now to have the opportunity to empower a new generation of girls to lead healthy, independent and educated lives,” said Girls Inc. executive director Bopha Malone in her winning presentation to about 100 members and guests of the Tewksbury chapter of 100 People Who Care.

The group was gathered at the Tewksbury Country Club to hear from John Voto of the Tewksbury Police Athletic League; Malone along with Girls Inc. board member Sonia Ruas and Tabitha Enagbare, teen program coordinator; and Rio Sabella, Sam Burdett and Tewksbury resident Christy Matte representing Lowell Makes.

Sponsors Bayberry at Emerald Court and Wicked Cornhole presented Tewksbury PAL and Lowell Makes with $250, respectively, supplemented by donations from 100+ People Who Care Tewksbury Members. Organizers expect the group, which now has about140 individual and team members, will meet or surpass $100,000 in total donations since its launch in June 2021.

All presentations are available on Tewksbury TV.

To be eligible for consideration, nonprofits must be based within a 20-mile radius of Tewksbury Town Hall; state and national charities may be considered only if they have a chapter in Tewksbury/Greater Lowell and agree to spend the award locally. The organization cannot be a political entity and must have 501(c)(3) status in Massachusetts for a minimum of three years under the same name.

There are currently about 50 local nonprofits nominated by members. Past awardees include Into Action Recovery, Hidden Battles, and Alternative House.

Learn more in this video.

About the Presenters

Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Through creative programs in a safe and nurturing environment, they strive to teach the independence and personal responsibility girls need to succeed.

Lowell Makes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, shared community workshop and laboratory. Members are an organized group of local artists, engineers, makers and thinkers who work together to provide tools and learning resources to the public.

The Tewksbury Police Athletic League sponsors learn to skate seminars, community concerts, youth sports and more, seeking to promote positive relationships between law enforcement and youth through community-based educational programs and recreational opportunities.

100+ People Who Care Tewksbury membership is open to any Tewksbury resident. Members/teams of two agree to donate $100 per quarter to the nonprofit selected by the group. Each quarter, members/teams may nominate their favorite nonprofit for selection.  

There will be an informational meeting on Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. for members and residents interested in the group; log-in information is available on the 100 People Tewksbury Facebook page and will be sent by email to members.

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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