07/17/13

Opportunity Works on Colten’s Corner

In June Opportunity Works Capital Campaign Committee members John Guerin, Capital Campaign Director; Diane Fasulo, Special Education Advocate and Parent; and Christine Crutcher, Executive Assistant spent 30 minutes discussing the Opportunity Works Capital Campaign with Stan Colten, host of Colten’s Corner on Haverhill Community Television. HCTV was gracious enough to upload the show to their youtube channel. You can view the segment here:

Opportunity Works on Colten’s Corner – June 2013

Special thanks goes out to Stan for having us on his program. We look forward to returning at a later date.

Also, a huge thanks to Haverhill Community Television who has been a great partner to Opportunity Works. We will have some photos and video coming soon from our Kickoff event at DiBurro’s that was recorded in May.

05/28/13

Celebrating plans for a new Opportunity Works building

May 17, 2013 – The Eagle-Tribune

Letter: Celebrating plans for a new Opportunity Works building

To the editor:

Well over 200 hundred people helped launch the Oportunity Works in Haverhill Capital Campaign last week during a fun and informative reception at DiBurro’s Function Facility in Haverhill.

Plans for our new building behind and abutting Northern Essex Community College were very well received. The beautiful melodies sung by the Opportunity Sings! chorus, ably led by Phil and Sandy Comeau, were the highlight of our evening.

We gratefully acknowledge and thank the individuals who made the evening such a huge success. We are grateful to The Eagle-Tribune, Daily News of Newburyport and WHAV.net for publicizing the event and to Eagle-Tribune Managing Editor Gretchen Putnam for serving as a masterful MC for the evening’s program. We thank Matt Belfiore, Mary O’Neil and Jay LaFond from Haverhill Community Television for taping the event for broadcast and providing other media assistance.

We were honored with an invocation by the Rev. Dr. Howard Lawrence and supportive remarks from Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini and state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives.

Our executive director, Jane Harris-Fale, Ken Moran from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services; and Diane Fasulo, a longtime advocate for people with disabilities, all explained the need for the new facility and how it will benefit all the communities we serve here in the Merrimack Valley. Dr. Lane Glenn welcomed us with open arms as president of our new neighbors, Northern Essex Community College.

We are also deeply appreciative of the materials that were expertly prepared by Dianne McDermott of McDermott and Company Marketing in Haverhill. As always, the DiBurro family were the perfect hosts and their many kindnesses are also appreciated.

The Opportunity Works Board of Directors, members of our still-growing Capital Campaign Committee and the dedicated and caring staff at Opportunity Works can be very proud of the evening they helped create. Development Director Deborah Andrews and our executive assistant, Christine Crutcher, deserve special note here.

We thank the many local elected officials, including Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday, for bringing the good tidings of their respective communities and constituents. Most of all, we are so very grateful to all of our friends and neighbors who came out to be inspired by the Opportunity Works story and learn how we all can improve our quality of life and build a better community by contributing to the building of this new facility that will serve and support adults with disabilities and their families.

John Guerin
Capital Campaign Director
Opportunity Works Haverhill