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HCCCF gala promises roaring good time

by | Nov 7, 2021 | Featured

Guests will be grabbing their pearls and pulling out their pinstripes for the Hopkinton Country Club Charitable Foundation Roaring ’20s Evening Gala.

The HCCCF’s 12th annual gala fundraiser will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, from 6:30-11 p.m. at the Hopkinton Country Club. Guests will tap their spats to the jazz, feast at gourmet dinner stations, participate in auctions and swing their fringe with returning act Never in Vegas, a New England rock-and-pop cover band favorite.

“We are hosting this gala to raise money to support local organizations that help families in need,” explained HCCCF President Fred Wahlers. “We will also be celebrating our milestone of $1 million granted to more than 40 nonprofits since our inception in 2010.”

The HCCCF was formed by Hopkinton Country Club owners and members with the mission of raising funds to support charities and causes that empower citizens in MetroWest and surrounding communities. HCCCF has two main focus areas: youth development and economic assistance.

“Our focus in supporting youth development and economic assistance for those most vulnerable has not wavered since our founding, but recent events and the current climate we all face make our mission paramount to supporting local communities,” Wahlers said.

HCCCF awards approximately $100,000 each year, providing assistance to between 10-20 charities annually. Grant applications must be submitted by September. This year, 15 organizations will receive awards. Additionally, the foundation selects a spotlight grantee to be recognized at the gala. Past honorees have included Milford Daily Bread Food Pantry and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

This year’s spotlight grantee is Milford-based Children Across America (childrenacrossamerica.org), which offers free programs to underserved kids to build literacy and math skills. Founded by Ray Fellows in 2007, the organization helps more than 400 children annually through book clubs and math sessions and aims to ensure every child leaves elementary school with the literacy tools they need to continue their education.

The foundation also is expanding its reach through a discretionary grant program, supporting events like the Boston Marathon and fundraisers to benefit cystic fibrosis research as well as other causes championed by individual members.

HCCCF grant funds are raised in part through two major events held every year — a golf and tennis tournament in the spring, and the gala in the fall — but in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic and resulting restrictions prevented such gatherings. Nonetheless, Wahlers noted, the community stepped up, managing to raise and grant $99,000.

“We could not have done this without the generosity of our family and corporate sponsors,” Wahlers emphasized. “We are extremely grateful for their continued support amid the COVID crisis and today’s economic climate.”

November’s speakeasy-style gala event is open to the public, and individuals won’t need an invitation from Gatsby — tickets can be purchased for $150 at hopkintoncccf.org/events. The website also has information on how to become a family or corporate sponsor. For those who can’t find their feathers or fedora and cannot attend, the organization accepts donations via its website (hopkintoncccf.org/give).

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