West Roxbury's holiday season is going to be very festive after more than $13,000 was raised in an effort led by state Rep. Ed Coppinger.
On Sept. 28, more than 350 people filled the Irish Social Club of Boston for the Raise Some Green for West Roxbury Fundraiser.
Several local businesses and institutions had the giving feeling, particularly Blue Hills Bank and the Corrib Charitable Trust, both pledging $2,000, before the doors were even opened for the fundraiser. Entertainers Fenian Sons, and DJ George Manning donated their time, too.
“We raised much more money than I had expected; this will not only ensure that we have West Roxbury looking great for this Christmas, but also establish a strong base for making sure West Roxbury will be decorated for future holiday seasons,” said Coppinger, after the money was all counted.
Coppinger decided to create and coordinate the fundraiser after last year when he and his employer Leader Bank stepped up in mid-December to purchase and put up holiday decorations.
But this year West Roxbury will be looking good well before mid-December.
“We are lucky to have such a tight-knit community. Last September, West Roxbury and Greater Boston came together for a fundraiser to save the Irish Social Club," said Coppinger. "One year later, many of the same people came back out to an event at the Irish Social Club to bring more holiday cheer to West Roxbury this winter."
Coppinger also worked with West Roxbury Main Streets and the West Roxbury Business and Professional Association on this year's fundraiser.
In addition to Blue Hills Bank and the Corrib Charitable Trust, significant donations were made by others including: Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, City Councilor At-Large John Connolly, Energy Credit Union, Mount Washington Bank and The Cooperative Bank.
Donations are still welcome and can be sent to Representative Ed Coppinger, PO Box 320610, West Roxbury, MA, 02132. Checks should be made out to “Raise Some Green for West Roxbury.”