Texas-sized party

Nov. 15 Spirit of Giving blowout supports nonprofit Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm

[caption id="attachment_2223" align="alignright" width="300"]LOOKING FOR AN OUTFIT?  Dresscode and Izzy's Emporium in downtown Andover have partnered with us for "Dallas: Bring Your Bling". Ten percent of sales come back to Ironstone Farm, and you get a discount. LOOKING FOR AN OUTFIT?
Dresscode and Izzy’s Emporium in downtown Andover have partnered with us for “Dallas: Bring Your Bling”. Ten percent of sales come back to Ironstone Farm, and you get a discount.
See the Dresscode deal.
See the Izzy’s Emporium deal.[/caption]
BUY TICKETSGet ready for a Texas-sized party.
The Ironstone Farm Spirit of Giving Gala on Nov. 15 is designed to lasso big fun for guests and big support for local children with special needs.
Known for its dare-to-surprise thematic events, the Spirit of Giving is not your typical charity affair. This year’s theme for the gala is “Dallas: Bring your Bling.” Guests are welcome to dress the part, with big belt buckles and cowboy hats expected to help transform the Andover Country Club into a slice of the Lone Star state.

Ride a mechanical bull.
Visit chuck wagons to sample high-end Texas food.
Kick up your heels to the rock and country music of the Houston Bernard Band.
Go “all in” at the Texas Hold ‘em table.
Learn to line dance.
Leave with prizes from our live auction hosted by the great Bob Lobel.

And all the money raised supports Ironstone Farm’s nonprofit programs. Ironstone Farm, on Route 133 in Andover, provides therapy for children and adults with special needs, cancer survivors, combat veterans returning with stress, teens at risk, elders with memory issues and others.


[caption id="attachment_305" align="alignright" width="300"]Doug and Diana Berthiaume this fall gave a generous matching donation this fall to help extend Ironstone Farm's programs and reach. They will match any individual donation of $5,000 or more, up to a total of $500,000. To learn more about the match, click here. Doug and Diana Berthiaume of Andover.[/caption]The fun night, on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 6:15 p.m. honors three local stars who have inspired many with their “Spirit of Giving.”

  • Doug and Diana Berthiaume, of Andover, have touched countless people’s lives, highlighted by their truly transformative donations to organizations dear to them such as Ironstone Farm, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston Children’s Hospital. Both Doug and Diana are members of the Ironstone Farm Leadership Committee, and offered a match donation that powerfully launched Ironstone’s five-year capital campaign to further improve its nonprofit programs and facilities. Their leadership and spirit of giving continues to provide immeasurable benefits to society, improving education, the environment, entrepreneurship and healthcare for children.
[caption id="attachment_2080" align="alignleft" width="240"]Normand Deschene of Lowell Normand Deschene of Lowell[/caption]
  • Normand Deschene, CEO of Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital, has led the transformation and growth of Lowell General Hospital during his three decades of service at the hospital. In 2012, Norm introduced Circle Health, a progressive collaboration of physicians, hospitals, other health providers and organizations with a shared vision for empowering people and communities to be healthier. Under Norm’s leadership, Lowell General has become one of the fastest growing hospitals in Massachusetts, garnering numerous quality, satisfaction, and financial benchmark honors. Lowell General Hospital also contributed over $27 million in community benefit last year.

Tickets to Spirit of Giving are $125 and sponsorships range from $500 to $20,000.  In addition to recognition that evening, all sponsors will be recognized in the Ironstone Farm 2014 Yearbook and Annual Report to be published next spring.

For more information, please contact Megan Donovan at Ironstone Farm at 978-475-4056 or at megandonovan@challengeunlimited.org.

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