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Event to raised funds for Arlington EATS

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Professional dancer and dance teacher Seyyide Sultan introduced the basics of belly dancing at 6:40 p.m. Thursday, April 1, with all proceeds donated to Arlington EATS.

The Arlington artist, with Art Links Arlington, organized an event to raise funds for Arlington EATS. Because she contacted them too late to offer some class passes for its Beats for Eats auction, she proposed a class with all proceeds donated to the group, and that was approved.

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Beats for EATS online only auction raises $70.3K

UPDATED, March 30: Beats for EATS, a fund-raiser for Arlington EATS, was set to occur Saturday, March 28, at Town Hall, from 7 to 11 p.m., but that event was canceled in favor of an online auction only.

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Held March 23 through to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 28, the event raised $70,325. Last year's event, the fourth annual, yielded more than $80,000.

"In a time of crisis, people come together and that is true of all of you," Andi Doane, executive director of the nonprofit, said in an email March 30. "I want to thank everyone who has given over the past few weeks of their time, money, those who bid on our Beats for EATS auction items, those who donated auction items, those who converted Beats tickets to donations, and the many businesses that sponsored Beats.

"All of this tremendous support has allowed us to coordinate and respond quickly to this Covid-19 crisis. Know that your dollars are going to feed our most vulnerable neighbors during this time."

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Arlington Beats for EATS at Home raises over $50K

Unique fund-raiser -- socially distant scavenger hunt, online auction

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UPDATED, March 26: Arlington EATS, amid a $1.25 million capital campaign to build the organization’s first dedicated headquarters in its 29-year history, has raised more than $50,000 via Beats for EATS At Home -- the 2021 socially distant event featuring a townwide scavenger hunt and an online auction designed for the whole community.

The goups' March 26 emailed newsletter reported the amount. "Your support is what helps us continue to we deliver fresh produce and pantry staples to over 270 familes each week," it said.

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4th Beats for EATS raises more than $80,000

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UPDATED, March 29: Beats for EATS raised more than $80,000 at the fourth annual fund-raising event at Arlington Town Hall on March 23.

Andi Doane, executive director of Arlington EATS and the Arlington Food Pantry, reported the amount and announced at the event that the two groups will now be known by one name: Arlington EATS.

In addition, the Arlington Food Pantry is now called the Arlington EATS Market, serving fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and meat available weekly for any Arlington resident who needs food.

She also announced that more than $10,000 from the event will be used to fund the summer lunch program, including an expansion of the program at Robbins Library. The group also debuted a new tag line: Neighbors Serving Neighbors.

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Food Link virtual concert fund-raiser held

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Food Link, an Arlington-based organization that rescues fresh food and contributes to environmental sustainability, plans to celebrate the sounds of nature and beauty at "Srishti, The Melodies of Nature: An Abhinaya Arts Presentation,while generating awareness and raising funds.

The virtual event is set for Friday, Feb.  26. Virtual doors open at 7:45 p.m., program begins at 8. RSVP here >>

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ACA's 3rd annual Blue Jean Ball raises about $20,000

UPDATED, Feb. 8: This year's Blue Jean Ball, the third annual, raised about $20,000 for the Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA), an amount exceeding its goal for this event.

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Aneleise Ruggles, representing the ACA, told YourArlington that an estimated 250 people attended at Town Hall on Feb. 1.

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"Funds raised at this event directly support our organization's mission to transform lives and build community through the arts," she wrote Feb. 7.

That money "will allow us to continue to present community programming, such as exhibitions, classes and workshops for children and adults; vacation arts camps and special annual events, like Open Studios, the Jug Bands Festival and Porchfest to Arlington and beyond."

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NEAT: Bright spot for a pandemic Thanksgiving

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NEAT (Neighbors Eating All Together), a passionate group of citizens who started serving community meals in spring 2017 in the downstairs hall of St. John’s Church in Arlington, continued its service on Thanksgiving despite the pandemic.

The effort brought people together to create a welcoming space and nourishment, serving a meal open to all Arlington citizens in need of either food, company or both. Before suspending operations, NEAT had served 27 community meals.

On Thanksgiving Day, the group finally had the chance again to offer nourishment to those in need.

How it happened: Learning that the Council on Aging (CoA) traditionally delivered meals to housebound elders on Thanksgiving Day, NEAT offered to help. CoA was thrilled to bring us into the fold.

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Donate to AYCC's '50K for 50 Years' fund-raiser

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Arlington Youth Counseling Center  (AYCC). In recognition of this milestone, and in lieu of the annual AYCC gala fund-raiser, the Board of Youth Services is appealing to the community for donations to the "50K for 50 Years" campaign.

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The ninth annual gala for the AYCC was held last November at Town Hall and honored Carlene Newell. 

For 50 years, AYCC has provided outstanding mental-health care and compassionate service to Arlington’s youth and families. For 50 years, AYCC has evolved as a mental-health agency, learning from and responding to the changing needs of the community. 

Today, AYCC is the leading provider of outpatient and school-based child and adolescent mental-health services in Arlington, and remains resolute in its mission to eliminate barriers to care. 

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9th AYCC fund-raiser honors youth champion Newell

UPDATED: The ninth annual gala for the Arlington Youth Counseling Center  (AYCC) is set for Friday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 10:30 p.m., at Town Hall.

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This year, the gala will honor one of its own board members, Carlene Newell. She is the longest member of the Board of Youth Services, as well as an active member of the Arlington Youth Health and Safety Coalition.

The AYCC event is an evening for community members to gather and socialize while also supporting crucial mental-health services for Arlington youth and their families. 

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Stratton 5th grader raises more than $1,300 for shelterless animals amid pandemic

Stratton Elementary School fifth grader Sabina von Goeler with Fonzi.

Stratton Elementary School fifth grader Sabina von Goeler collected more than $1,300 in contributions during August and September for her online donation drive, Fundraising 4 Paws.

The funds went toward cleaning supplies, dog treats and toys, which were delivered to Sweet Paws Rescue in Groveland, on Sept. 26. The website,, remains open to any individuals still wishing to make a contribution.

"Kids like Sabina doing selfless donation drives to support our rescue makes a huge difference for our animals, and we are extremely grateful," Sweet Paws Rescue said in a statement.

Von Goeler started Fundraising 4 Paws as part of a community-project requirement to earn her black belt from Elite Freestyle Karate on Medford Street. She chose Sweet Paws Rescue after going through their adoption process and welcoming a puppy, Fonzi, home this summer.

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