The Parmenter Foundation’s Fourth Annual Hoedown raised thousands of dollars for the local children’s bereavement programs: HEARTplaysm and Camp Erin Boston. Guests enjoyed a barbeque feast prepared by Tennessee Barbeque and The Dudley Chateau at the festively decorated Wolbach Farm in Sudbury. The festivities continued with country line dancing and a High Striker competition. Lisa Hanson, of Sudbury, and Mike Hamill, of Sudbury, were the winners of the women’s and men’s high striker event, respectively.
Underlying all the fun was a serious cause – helping grieving children, teens and young adults to cope with the death of a loved one. Before finishing high school, one in five youth will experience the death of a family member. Young people grieving the death of a loved one are especially vulnerable to mental health problems, such as depression or PTSD, and substance use. These youth often feel isolated in their grief, but rarely receive formal grief counseling.
HEARTplaysm and Camp Erin Boston are made possible thanks entirely to the generosity of philanthropic donors. For more information about how to participate in or give to these programs, visit www.parmenterfoundation.org.
The Parmenter Foundation acknowledges with appreciation its Hoedown for Hope sponsors. Platinum Sponsors: Mr. & Mrs. William V. Efthim Gold Sponsors: Rob & Janine Wolkon; Manny & Alice Salos; The Halloran Family; Cambridge Trust Company; Mount Auburn Hospital; John C. Bryant Funeral Home; Berry Dunn; The Wayland Depot; Stow Community Chest; and St. Peters Episcopal Church, Weston. Silver Sponsors: Tom & Jo Travers; Tom & Cathy Nicholson; Len & Nancy Carapezza; Karen Back, MD; Emil & Marty Ragones; The Herzog Family; NSK, INC.; Marlborough Savings Bank; Hamilton Law Office, P.C.; Berkshire Hathaway; Enos Home Medical; and Keystone Homecare and Private Duty Nurses.