It Takes a Village

One of the colorful hats in evidence at the party - All images (c) Holly Bloomfield
One of the colorful hats in evidence at the party – All images (c) Holly Bloomfield

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The spirit of Margaritaville was in full force to benefit Bedford’s Signorello family on Saturday night, August 2.

When a rare neurological condition sent Mike Signorello to the hospital earlier this summer and made it impossible for him to work, the community stepped forward – first to help with dinners, cleaning, play dates and emotional support, and then with Saturday’s party.

Just a few of the volunteers who helped to arrange the party
Just a few of the volunteers who helped to arrange the party

Liz Hanegan and Carla Bradford gathered friends of the family and Signorello Construction vendors and customers for a terrific party featuring dinner and a successful fundraising raffle, followed by games and dancing. Hawaiian shirts and bright colors were the norm, and each guest received a bright, floral lei when they walked in the door.

In all, more than 40 volunteers helped to assure the event’s success.

Karen Vincent designed the [First Parish] Common Room’s festive decor, ably assisted by Rob Sanders’s amazing palm trees that helped to set the party’s mood. Sue and Joe Turner along with several teens and tweens created a safe and entertaining child care area. Dave Krzewick supervised the kitchen volunteers.

Other volunteers helped with cooking, baking and running the kitchen; making raffle baskets and selling raffle tickets; child care and clean-up; serving as Mistress of Ceremonies/DJ; supervising the bar; helping in the kitchen; and generally offering needed helping hands. Among the volunteers were Dorothy Anderson, Jean Balfour, Holly Bloomfield, Renu Bostwick, Carla Bradford, Megan Bradford, Paul Bradford, Janet Breslau, Gaye Carpenter, Nancy Daugherty, Rich Daugherty, Sarah Dorer, Christine Dudley-Marling, Laurie Groves, Janel Halupowski, Marge Heckman, Ali Hon-Anderson, Mary Hyatt, Jen Kelley, Dave Krzewick, Dawn LaFrance-Linden, Christopher Lanich, Rebecca Neale, Elizabeth Nemirovsky, Laura Newman, Renae Nichols, Ginny Packer, Janet Perrin, Janet Powers, Chris Rabinowitz, Janelle Sanders, Miranda Sanders, Robert Sanders, Trenton Sanders, Karen Vincent, and Cheri Winkler.

Delicious, healthy food was donated by b.Good
Delicious, healthy food was donated by b.Good

Bedford’s “healthy restaurant” b.Good donated veggie burgers, hamburgers, salads and awesome smoothies.

Gifts to the evening’s raffle included multiple gifts of wine, donated by Kathy Roth of Donelan’s Supermarkets; a 32-inch television, donated by Doyon’s Appliances; and a stay at Homewood Suites of Bedford/Billerica, facilitated by Peggy Woods.

Raffle TableThere were also dozens of gift baskets and gift certificates from the Winkler Family; Jimmy Perry of Prep-Rite Painters; The Body Shop & Laura Newman & Family; Apsara Boutique of Portsmouth, NH; Carlough Faulkner-Carroll & Ian Carroll; Chip-In Farm; Lisa Hurley; Fetch It!; Janel & Sharon Halupowski; The Orange Chair; and Bedford Florist.  Janet Perrin and Judy Bates made multiple donations.

SistersAmy Signorello’s sister spoke on behalf of their family: “[The Signorellos] have the most amazing community of friends, church and family surrounding them.”

Thanking those present and others who were present in spirit, she continued “I have seen clean, line-dried sheets delivered; food each night; grocery and gas cards; play dates for the girls; housecleaning and lawn mowing; and [messages of] encouragement, texts, emails, prayers, healing thoughts and energy. And this awesome party!”

All of the funds raised during the party went directly to the Signorello family.

Womenade, a group of Bedford women who raise funds to help Bedford families in need, has chosen the Signorello family to be the recipient of their fall fundraiser on Friday evening, September 5. Click here to download an invitation.

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