All Night Graduation, 2019 ~ Another Grand Success

By Dawn Kociubes and Kerry Rackey

On the night of Bedford High School Graduation, June 6th, 2019, the All Night Graduation Committee welcomed 159 Bedford graduating seniors to the 32nd annual All Night Graduation Party.  This long-standing Bedford tradition offers a safe and substance-free event on the night of graduation.  The seniors arrive at 10:30 pm and stay in a completely transformed Bedford High School until 5:30 am.  They are thoroughly entertained throughout the evening with a variety of food and a constant stream of fun activities.  The activities, entertainment options, and performers are some of the best-kept secrets in Bedford, allowing each and every graduating class to experience it anew.

The Bedford PMC Kids Ride ~ A Letter to the Community

Submitted by the 2019 Bedford PMC Kids Ride Team

This past Saturday we hosted the 15th Bedford PMC Kids Ride at JGMS.  The event was wonderful in many ways:  watching little ones navigate the obstacle course on “Wally’s Way” and seeing so many children (and adults!) head off through the balloon arch on scooters, tricycles, and bikes in support of such an important cause. It was especially meaningful to celebrate last year’s pedal partner, Stella Downey, who recently had her 1-year cancer free appointment. She and her twin brother Thomas spent hours on the obstacle course, much to the delight of their parents, family, and friends.

Record Number of Runners at 4th Annual BEST PTO Color Run

Submitted by BEST PTO

On Saturday, June 1, the Bedford Elementary Schools Together (BEST) PTO held their 4th Annual Color Run Fundraiser.  Over 890 runners registered this year, which is a new record for this event in Bedford since its first year in 2016.  The success of this fundraiser allowed the BEST PTO to raise over $30,000 for the Davis and Lane Schools.

69th Annual Strawberry Festival ~ Indoors if it Rains!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Residents with long memories can’t recall a Strawberry Festival ever being rained out, but the possibility exists tomorrow, with a forecast of wet weather from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday, June 13.

If it rains, First Church has its guests covered — the 69th Annual Strawberry Festival will move to First Church’s Upper Fellowship Hall, but everything else will stay the same. The main event will be strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, with real whipped cream, along with Bedford Farms vanilla ice cream and homemade hot fudge sauce.

Reasons to Ride: An Update on Stella ~ the 2018 PMC Bedford Kids Ride Pedal Partner

Submitted by the Bedford PMC Kids Ride

Last June, over 200 riders gathered at JGMS to ride in the 14th Bedford PMC Kids Ride. Some were riding in support or memory of a family member or friend who battled cancer. All were there to raise funds in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.  We had the privilege of hosting Stella Downey- a beautiful happy 18-month-old girl who was battling cancer. 

Last week, I received an update from Stella’s parents, Fio and Ben. In her recent appointment at the Jimmy Fund clinic, Stella and her family received the wonderful news that she is cancer free.
Stella is living proof that we can beat cancer. We need to continue to ride, raise money, fight and hope that we will find a cure for all cancers. And that Stella’s success will be one of many we can share.

Stella and her twin brother Thomas (age 2 and 1/2) will be riding in the upcoming PMC Kids Ride on June 15th at JGMS. Stella is living proof that we can beat cancer. We need to continue to ride, raise money, fight and hope that we will find a cure for all cancers. And that Stella’s success will be one of many we can share.

Letter to the Editor, 4 June 2019: Thank You to the Community from the Relay for Life Leadership Team

By Calista Barber, Caitlin Pequeno, Emily Sollecito, Ashley Tonini and Jenn Heller
Relay For Life of Bedford Event Leads

Wow Bedford! We did it again! Thank you so much for joining us at our 14th Relay For Life! We exceeded our goal of $40,000! Truly amazing! It was a wonderful day filled with sunshine!

We couldn’t have done it without all of you – all our Participants/Teams, Survivors & Caregivers, Chaperones, Speakers, Sponsors, Donors, Friends/Family, Local Businesses, School Administrators/Faculty/Staff, BHSPA, MSPA, BEST-PTO, DPW, Fire Department, Police Department, and Bedford Recreation Department …definitely a town/team effort!

PMC Bedford Kids Ride Announces New Routes

Submitted by the PMC Bedford Kids Ride

Bedford’s 15th annual PMC Kids Ride will take place on Saturday, June 15, beginning at the JGMS parking lot at 9 am. Early registration will take place in the JGMS cafeteria from 5 until 8:30 pm on Thursday, June 13.

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