Fundraiser for West Roxbury Holiday Decorations Being Led by Coppinger

September 28 fundraiser at the Irish Social Club will raise funds for holiday decorations for the West Roxbury business district.


State Rep. Ed Coppinger is a pro-active kind of guy and doesn't want to see what happened last year, when . Thus he is leading a fundraiser for the West Roxbury business district on September 28 to raise funds for holiday decorations for this winter season.

Last year, Coppinger, with the help of IBEW Local 103 and volunteers, put up wreaths and bows along Centre Street, funded by the rep and Leader Bank (who he works for). Centre Street has traditionally had holiday wreaths and decorations.

“Every time you go to a mall or visit downtown Boston to do some Christmas shopping, you walk into places that are beautifully decorated to celebrate the holidays. By decorating West Roxbury in a similar fashion, I hope to encourage more people to visit our local small businesses to shop and go out for dinner,” said Coppinger.

“Last year, thanks to Leader Bank, my friend Keith Barry, IBEW Local 103 and a number of volunteers, I was able to purchase wreaths and put them up on Centre Street,” added Coppinger.

Coppinger is sponsoring the fundraiser along with the West Roxbury Business and Professional Association at the . It will be on Friday, Sept. 28 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Fenian Sons Band and DJ George Manning are donating their time for the event. Tickets are $10 at the door. There will also be numerous raffles.

And even in a mere couple of days, the fundraiser has already generated the type of generosity the West Roxbury community is known for.

"Since announcing this fundraiser just a few days ago, I am amazed at the support I am receiving from the community. Not only did The Fenian Sons and DJ George Manning volunteer their time and talents for the event, but I have received many calls and emails from individuals and business owners in the community who want to volunteer at the fundraiser. This will truly be a grassroots community event and I am thankful for everyone that wants to be involved," Coppinger told Patch.

Having the fundraiser at the Irish Social Club is also fitting, said Coppinger, “...it will not only mark the , but also because the Club is itself an important local institution plays such a crucial role in our community.” 

Mary Mulvey Jacobson September 14, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I applaud your leadership, Ed. We are lucky to have you. The Friday, September 28th event at the Irish Social Club should be a great time.
Stephen Smith September 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM
This is a great idea & I hope everyone will make an effort to attend
cher September 14, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Please keep those of us who cannot attend posted as to where we can send our donations. I know a Kickstarter fund was suggested, I have friends who have used Indiegogo and speak favorably of that platform, so perhaps that would be another good option. Thanks!
John Rodgers September 17, 2012 at 07:31 PM
its very nice to see fundraisers like this....its important that as a community we find ways to help each other in tough times. i know last year getting some holiday decor was expense and so we find some pretty sweet deals on http://www.homeseasons.com/ and they were pretty nice. im thinking about doing the same thing this year for halloween.


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