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The 21st Annual Arthritis Charity Ball,

Sat., March 28, 2015


On behalf of The Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Rebekah Assembly of Massachusetts, I would like to cordially invite you and your escort and colleagues to attend our Twenty First Annual Arthritis Charity Ball on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Manor Restaurant, 42 West Boylston Street (Rt12), West Boylston, MA  01583.  Immediately after dinner all proceeds from this major fund-raiser will be presented to Mr. Donald Barr, Chairman, New England Region Arthritis Board of Trustees with a check for the amount raised that night.

 Our guest speaker is Ms. Ann M. Palmer, President and CEO of the National Arthritis Foundation.


The Community Leadership Award will be awarded to District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.


The Community Service Award will be awarded to Ms. Lorraine Laurie, Residential Service Coordinator for the Village at Ascension Heights in Worcester.


The Arthritis Platinum Award will be presented to Dr. Patricia Nardone-Soscia, Rheumatoid Arthritis Specialist.


The Odd Fellowship Individual Award will be presented to PGM Frank Gayton and the Odd Fellowship Award for a Lodge will be presented to Betheesda Lodge No. 30.



Tickets for the Ball are $40.00 each and tables of 8 &10 are available upon request; advertisements in the Arthritis Program Book are as follows: full page $100.00, 1/2 page $60.00, quarter page $30.00 and business cards $10.00.



The Ball will commence with a social hour at 6:00pm followed by dinner at 7:00pm.  Immediately after dinner, all proceeds from this major fundraiser will be presented to Mr. Donald Barr, President of the New England Region of the Arthritis Foundation with a check for the amount raised that night.


Every purchase helps fund research and the development of a cure for a debilitating disease that strikes people of all ages and affects about thirty-seven million Americans. 


All checks are to be made payable to the Arthritis Committee.  Please respond with ads and ticket request by March 13, 2015.



A Special thank you to our Corporate Sponsors






Provo Financial Services, Inc.


BOB Logo 2014






 Dr. Patricia Nardone-Soscia

 Mr. Clarence Plant, CPPM, CF 

Mr. Peter Vican, Homestead Baking Company








Grand Master, Gerard Gilmore's 

Project for 2014 - Project New Hope 

About Project New Hope Inc. (PNH):

Project New Hope’s motto is “Where Veterans Rebuild with Honor.” PNH is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit founded in 2010 and established in 2011 by a disabled Air Force veteran, President & CEO William Moore, to help veterans transition to civilian life and to create mutual support and camaraderie among service-members, veterans, Gold Star & Survivor’s and their families.

Headquartered in Worcester, MA, Project New Hope Inc. is comprised of a group of Veterans, and a Gold Star Mother who have experienced the hardships of military service and war firsthand and understands its impact does not end upon a service member’s return home. We also understand the impact on those families who did not have a loved one return home.

Project New Hope Inc. proudly partner’s with a network of Massachusetts civilian organizations, Veterans organizations, non-profits, and private corporations who kindly donate their professional services to assist in providing local service-members, Veterans, Gold Star & Survivor’s and their families with assistance.

Project New Hope Inc. holds a series of weekend-long retreats in relaxed wilderness settings, with workshops and activities, at no cost to the participants. Here, with their loved ones and other veterans, attendees build friendships and get support for the real world. Retreats are run for such groups as families with children, female veterans, male veterans, and Gold Star & Survivor Families who have lost a loved one during military service. Targeted issues include PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), TBI (traumatic brain injury), MST (military sexual trauma) drug and alcohol addiction, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual. transgender and questioning) and suicide prevention. These and other issues are often hidden or invisible, even to loved ones, and make them harder to identify, understand and treat.

Project New Hope Inc. looks to continue expanding services provided to Massachusetts service-members, Veterans, their families and families of the fallen. In July 2014 we initiated three new monthly groups to provide assistance and support to our service-members, Veterans, their spouses and parents while increasing the local awareness of the organization with the goal of establishing partners throughout New England with one common goal – to honor, and aid our brave men, women, and their families who have served in our United States Armed Forces.

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