Day of Service at Carter School

Recently we held a Day of Service to prepare the Carter School for the Summer Program. It was a lot of fun putting on our gardening gloves, and working together to spiff up the Sensory Garden. We’ll be back in the Fall.

Thanks to all of you, in the Spring we were able to donate $10,000 to the Carter School to update the sensory garden with new tables and updated water fixtures. The students and staff at Carter school were thrilled!

 

Batter Up for the Challengers League ⚾️

 

Team Victoria McGrath Foundation was delighted to be a sponsor for the Westport Challengers League, where children with disabilities play a full season of baseball with the help of buddies.

Thank you for your donations which make this possible!

 

Boston Marathon Weekend

On Marathon Weekend we ran for children with special needs and their families. We met our goal to sponsor 5 families with special needs to attend a refreshing week at Joni and Friends Family Retreat, and made a meaningful contribution to updating the sensory garden at the Carter School in Boston.

Joni and Friends Family Retreats offer a haven for special needs families where they are encouraged and rejuvenated in a fully accessible camp environment.  Families look forward to this respite for 51 weeks a year. 

The Carter School is a Boston Public School located on the border of Boston’s Lower Roxbury and South End neighborhoods.  Ranging in age from 12 to 22, Carter students have both severe, intensive disabilities and complex health needs. The school is a bright haven for children and their families. In the sensory garden, students learn, play, and plant vegetables in a quiet protected place.

Thanks for running with us, and supporting our runners!

 

Cinco de Mayo Party

Thanks for joining us at the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Bell in Hand Boston to raise funding for the Carter School in Boston. The Carter School educates children with severe, intensive disabilities.

Together, we raised $10,000 to update the sensory garden. Thanks to our amazing sponsors and all of you that attended to the event and volunteered!

Let’s make this an annual event!

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Teaming up

On Memorial Day weekend, the "golden feet" of the Weston Adult Soccer League held their annual tournament to raise funds with us for local charities. Seventy members played their hearts out for three games, and children participated in a penalty shoot out.

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Funds raised through player donations and the generous support of corporate sponsorships, supported the following charities:

The Prospector Theater

The Prospector provides meaningful employment to people with disabilities through the operation of a premium, first-run movie theater in Ridgefield CT.

The employees, known as Prospects live a higher quality of life through meaningful employment, and are encouraged to sparkle, shine, and turn their passions into professions.

 
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Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County

Mental health issues such as anxiety, eating, and mood disorders affect 20% of all children and represent one of the most common life-limiting challenges faced by children. Without early intervention, many of these children are at risk of suffering serious life-long consequences. The Child Guidance Center serves as the safety net for thousands of families that are unable to afford private mental health services for their children.

 
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Joni and Friends

In honor of Victoria’s love for children with disabilities, team Victoria McGrath Foundation laced up to complete the B.A.A. 5K, and her best friend ran the Boston Marathon.

We sponsored five families to attend Joni and Friends Family Retreat in New England. Family retreats offer a haven for special needs families where they are encouraged and rejuvenated in a fully accessible camp environment. Thanks to your amazing generosity we were also able to donate 26 restored wheel chairs to individuals in need worldwide.

 
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Where Angels Play, Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester

Volunteers spent the weekend celebrating Victoria's life building a playground in her honor at the Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester, MA. Jimmy Plourde, Victoria's first responder in the marathon bombing, and now dear friend initiated the project with Where Angels Play. Hundreds of children now play in this special place. 

“Victoria is doing another great thing here. This is Victoria here, this is her giving back to the community,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh 

“This is not about tragedy, this is about my friend. This is about a friend that came and changed my life.”Jimmy Plourde

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Cesar Batalla Playground, Bridgeport CT

Our town of Weston, and the local Kiwanis rallied around us and uplifted Victoria by building a playground in her memory at Cesar Batalla in Bridgeport CT. This is the largest elementary school in CT that now has it's first playground for young children.

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