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HOPEsudbury Has High Hopes for 11th Annual Telethon and Auction

The organization provides financial assistance to struggling Sudbury residents.

Whether it’s unexpected car repair, an overdue rent payment or a dental bill, individuals and families in Sudbury can find themselves in a temporary financial bind with limited options for relief. 

HOPEsudbury can assist with some of those needs with The Hope Fund, which can provide grants of up to $500 once a year for individuals and up to $1,000 once a year for families to help them cover a short-term financial crisis brought about by an unexpected expense. The money is raised by Sudbury residents with the goal of making sure that neighbors and friends, whose struggle is often silent, can get some financial relief and feel supported by the community.

Christina Granahan, Telethon co-chair and board member, said part of the challenge is the misperception that need doesn’t exist in higher-income communities like Sudbury.

“Last spring, I spoke to several groups in town and that was consistently the feedback. ‘Really? In Sudbury?’ People were blown away at how many relatively small grants were given to help people. The fact that the majority of requests for assistance are first time applicants demonstrates that this is often all that is needed to help bridge a gap for individuals and families until they are on their feet again," she said.

Need grows every year as Sudbury, and the country in general, struggle with long-term recovery from the recession that began in 2008 and resulted in pay cuts and job insecurity for a number of Sudbury residents and others.

“Every year, the need increases,” Granahan said. “This may be a function of changes in families' individual financial circumstances, the increase in the cost of living, the shifting burden of school expenses falling on families or just the fact that after 11 years, HOPEsudbury has become known in this community as partnering with the town social worker to make this happen.”

One of the primary fundraising tools for The Hope Fund is the Telethon and Auction, which will held this year on Saturday, Nov. 3, from noon to 10 p.m. at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

The telethon will showcase the talents of a number of Sudbury residents who will sing and dance. The auction portion of the event will include hundreds of gift certificates, theater and sports tickets and other items, with the proceeds benefitting The Hope Fund. 

Rachel Goodrich, auction donation co-coordinator, said some of the more high-profile items include tickets to the sold-out Kiss 108 Jingle Ball with pop star Justin Bieber and tickets to the Women’s U.S. Open semifinal tennis match. Other offerings include an autographed Patriots football, a wine tasting for 12, and a ride on a fire truck during the Fourth of July Parade next summer. 

The event will be shown live on Sudbury TV (Comcast 8 and Verizon 31) and can also be viewed on-line at Sudbury TV.org.

kdroop November 01, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Just seeing the generosity in spirit and deeds in Sudbury is so gratifying. The Telethon has become a true Sudbury icon, 11 years after it's founding. We look forward to another great Telethon that could not happen if not for the graciousness of our citizens. Tune in!!!
Sudbury Citizen November 01, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Is it true that a lot of the money raised DOES NOT stay in Sudbury. A friend told me much of the money is given to organizations outside of Sudbury. I would like to know how much stays and how much goes ? I always thought HopeSudbury meant Sudbury. Can someone please shed some light.
kdroop November 01, 2012 at 11:06 PM
We are always happy to share any information about this organization with anybody who is interested! Please visit our website at www.hopesudbury.org and read our mission statement. We also have our financials available. If this is not sufficient, any member of the Board would be happy to provide you with what you need. Thank you for the question! Hope you visit the Telethon this weekend to see just how amazing this community is.
Sudbury Citizen November 01, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Typical polititcian, why don't you just answer the questions so all of Sudbury knows who they are giving to. What are you afraid of, the community finding out all the money DOES NOT stay in Sudbury and the amazing becomes educated.
Sudbury Citizen November 01, 2012 at 11:54 PM
kdroop, What does Boston, Framingham, New Jersey, Haiti, etc. have to do with helping Sudbury families. Please come clean with Sudbury residents. This is a world wide charity. Don't get me wrong I give a great deal to honest charities. HopeSudbury in my humble opinion is not honest.
Ella November 02, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Wait...the money raised by the HOPE Sudbury Telethon doesn't stay in Sudbury? Why don't we just call it the United Way/ Sudbury edition? Thanks for shedding the light on this issue. I'm not so comfortable with this new information....
PsandQs November 02, 2012 at 03:02 AM
The Hope Sudbury web site as listed above is pretty straight-forward and has more information available to read than should be posted in a tiny comment box. Check it out and decide how you feel about its mission. I see no dishonesty.
Pat Brown November 02, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Mission Statement: HOPEsudbury is dedicated to engaging the people of Sudbury in community-wide efforts to provide humanitarian aid to people in need, both at home and abroad. From http://hopesudbury.org/?page_id=73 The organization is straightforward about its mission statement. It's the contributor's responsibility to decide to what extent s/he supports this mission.
Sudbury Citizen November 02, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Ms. Brown, let's be clear and honest. How many Sudbury families need help in Haiti, or New Jersey, Boston, or Framingham. The headlines say helping Sudbury residents, the fine print says helping the world. Thank you, I will send my donation to United Way. They are honest and clear who they help.
Pat Brown November 02, 2012 at 02:28 PM
The 2010 HOPESudbury financials show $44,895 distributed to the Community Assistance Fund, and $10,031 distributed to "Other Beneficiaries". http://hopesudbury.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/HOPEsudburyFinancials2010.pdf The 2011 HOPESudbury financials are not currently posted on the website that I could find. The 2010 financials are discretely linked to the bottom of the "About Us" page here: http://hopesudbury.org/?page_id=2 . Kdroop, the most recent financials should be posted as soon as possible; it's difficult, time-consuming and unnecessary for potential contributors track down individual board members on a one-by-one basis to obtain this information. Sudbury Citizen, you can (should!!) certainly withdraw support as a donor if you disagree with the use to which your donations would be put. HOPESudbury does give you at least some information to guide this decision.
Sudbury Citizen November 02, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Ms. Brown, thank for shedding some light on the fact that over $ 10,000. of Sudbury resident donations DID NOT stay in Sudbury. Now I know for a fact and I hope that everyone else in Sudbury learns that BEFORE they donate. I just wish they were upfront with me. Can I ask for my $ 1,000. that I donated the last few years back ?
Pat Brown November 02, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Let me complete the trifecta and list the board members of HOPESudbury for those attempting to obtain additional information. I am not a board member, nor am I affiliated in any capacity. Everything I've mentioned is on the HOPESudbury website, because that's the only insight I have into this organization. The information IS there, though (except for the 2011 financials which I've requested). That's all I'm saying. Our Board 2012-2013 http://hopesudbury.org/?page_id=403 HOPEsudbury Board of Directors Marilyn Martino & Tracy Stewart, Co-Presidents Jackie Kabat, Clerk Corinne Meyer, Treasurer Carole Ann Baer Beth Farrell Christina Granahan Rachel Goodrich Robin Gunderson Jody Kablack Karen LaCamera Edie Ravenelle Kirsten Roopenian Jill Stansky HOPEsudbury is an all-volunteer organization.
Sudbury Citizen November 02, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Thanks Pat, why do you think their are no males on the Board ?
siobhan hullinger November 02, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I'm not sure I'm following why this is an issue. Everyone should be looking into any financials of charities they are considering giving to. It's the responsibility of the donor to know who they are giving to. While I agree the site could be more user friendly for information, HopeSudbury does great work. I feel like Sudburycitizen is trying to imply something untoward. No one is forcing anyone to contribute and asking for your money back when you should have done your own research seems a bit juvenile. Must be a slow day for him/her. Personally, I think HopeSudbury does great work and should be supported.
Sudbury Citizen November 02, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Ms. Hullinger. The only point I'm making is for several years I thought the money I donated to HOPESudbury was going to help Sudbury residents. That is not the case. Shame on me for not calling a Board member to ask the correct questions. If I wanted to give to a national charity it would be The United Way not HOPESudbury. Now that I now know I was duped I would like my donation back or I want them to give it to The United Way.
siobhan hullinger November 02, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Quite frankly, I would give to HopeSudbury before i give to the United Way. I guess you didn't fully research them either
Samantha Hammel November 04, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Great event run by wonderful people who are eager to help those in need...local and abroad. It's a Sudbury gem!

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