First off, we miss you and rest of the group, it's been a little bit since our last meeting. Hope you and your family are safe and healthy!!
Secondly, it's dues time again. Be sure to mail in dues before the golf tournament to SAVE!! Please write dues in the memo line. Reminder to all new members that joined during this years membership drive, you're all set!! If you're unsure, send an email to double check to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date: BBA Scholarship Golf Tournament is scheduled for September 14, 2020. So, get your teams ready to play now as we always fill up fast each year!! Golf packets are getting ready to be mailed out soon.
FYI: We're hoping to get together next month. Trying to plan our summer event while working within the guidelines!! Stay tuned for more information.
Update: Although we didn't have our June awards meeting as planned, we still want to congratulate again the 2 scholarships recipients Kaleigh MacGowan and Julianne Nolan and this year's Unsung Hero Officer Brandon Perella. CONGRATULATIONS!!
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Thanks, BBA Board
Thank You to everyone that came out to celebrate this morning!! The BBA presented this years Unsung Hero Award to Officer Brandon Perella from the Bellingham MA Police!! Congratulations Brandon from the BBA and the rest of the Bellingham Community for ALL you do we THANK YOU!!
As you know, the Bellingham Business Association has an annual tradition of honoring an individual as Bellingham’s “Unsung Hero”.
Normally, we announce this individual to the community on our annual awards night meeting, which takes place in June of each year. This year, being what it is, the year of Covid 19, our awards night event couldn’t take place. But our Unsung Hero tradition is something that the BBA Board felt strongly had to take place. We felt it was important to give Bellingham something to celebrate, especially in light of what we’ve all experienced this year. That’s why we are here today.
This year’s honoree is a hard-working public servant. But he consistently goes beyond the call of duty. This year’s honoree is an agile fund raiser and has raised money and solicited participation in numerous events for both Bellingham and the wider community.
He is responsible for raising thousands of dollars for the annual “Run to Home Base” held each year in Boston to benefit our veterans. He recruits teams for this event and coordinates 4 to 5 teams each year since 2015.
He was a leader in organizing the first annual Halloween event at the Bellingham Police Department, beginning with a ‘meet the superheroes’ beginning in 2017 and extending it to an annual “munchkins with Santa” event at Christmas, beginning in 2018.
In addition, our honoree is an active annual participant in the Bellingham’s Memorial/Veteran’s day committee; played a huge role in ‘the wall that heals’ exhibition of 2019, and gives generously of his time after work providing manpower for numerous community events.
Our honoree’s most recent cause is for the Michael Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton as a member of “Michael’s Miracle Marathon Team” which planned to run the 2020 Boston Marathon to raise money for the Center. The Center provides physical and emotional support for families of children with disabilities. The marathon fundraising pays for children to attend the Center’s daycare. Even though the Marathon will not take place this year, our honoree’s efforts included a social media campaign, a 3 day “Dough Raiser” with the Bellingham Uno’s Restaurant, a silent auction, and a gun raffle sponsored by Mass Armament.
To quote our honoree’s nominator, our honoree not only does a fine job in his community service responsibilities, but he also finds the time to work on projects that benefit our veterans, our seniors, and our children at the same time. I feel that our honoree goes beyond to take care of everyone else and deserves to be nominated for this award.
It gives me great pleasure to announce this years Bellingham Business Association Unsung Hero. Brandon Perella would you please come up to accept this year’s award with our thanks.
The BBA hasn’t been able to meet since March but we are tentatively planning our annual family event in August at Circle CG Farm Campground in August. We hope to give Brandon additional fanfare at that event. Again, thank you Brandon, from the business community for all that you do and congratulations from us all!
The BBA is pleased to announce the 2020 scholarship recipients. After reading through all the applications, the Awards Committee carefully selected the following 2 students. We wish them the best and hope to have dinner in their honor in August before starting school. In the meantime, please help us CONGRATULATE Kaleigh MacGowan, who attended Bellingham High School (Massachusetts) and will continue on at Fitchburg State University declaring Special Education as her major and Julianne Nolan, who attended Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School and will continue on at Bridgewater State University pursing a degree in Elementary Education. Kaleigh and Julianne were excited to receive their certificates and letters in the mail and will receive $1500 Scholarship checks once they have completed their 1st semester of college and submit grades. They are both proud Bellingham residents and are very appreciative of the support from the Bellingham Business Community. We wish them much success on future endeavors!! Congratulation to you both from the Bellingham Business Association!!