What makes a good community? If the hallmark is having the opportunity to do your part in taking care of neighbors - near or far - then we must live in one the country's best. Opportunities to do good abound this weekend:
Friday evening The Norwich Women's Club Spring Gala promises to be a terrific party filled with incredible food, drink and fun in the decked-out Tracy Hall. The annual event honors the Citizens of the Year and raises money for the Community Projects Fund. This year's honorees are Dan Fraser (of "19 Days of Norwich, 1% for The Haven" fame) and Marty James (volunteer extraordinaire). Trust me, the Women's Club women know how to have a good time!
Start your Saturday at the annual Firehouse Pancake Breakfast put on by the Hanover Rotary and located at the firehouse on Lyme Road. Rotary folks hold this annual fundraiser to support their international service work, and this year they're raising funds for the Zienzele Foundation, a wonderful local group that, since 2000, has supported AIDS orphans and their caregivers in some of the poorest villages in rural Zimbabwe.
Saturday night The Aloha Foundation in Fairlee will be hosting the Murray Miracle Benefit to support the Murray family, whose 6-month old son, Gavin was diagnosed with Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (AT/RT), a rare and aggressive form of cancer. This will be a fun evening of music (Blue Rooster Band) and auction bidding, so come out with friends and family to support a great cause. (That's Gavin's smiling face on our home page.)
Sunday afternoon in Strafford, one of my personal favorites, the Willing Hands organization, will be the beneficiary of a lovely gesture by John Mellquist, who will be giving a recital of 19 pieces by Domenico Scarlatti, all on the harpsichord he built. It'll be an opportunity hear a wonderful concert in a beautiful setting, and all for a very good cause.
There are several other ways to do good this weekend so do check out dailyuv.com's calendar for the details.