WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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long for the long-held dream to shatter. The youth of Wellesley — teenagers, specifically — broke quite a few Community Center rules and soon abandoned the place, Grignaffini recalled. "It really held in there after that," said Grignaffini, who served as a member and pres- ident of the Community Center's board of di- rectors. "People kept donating to keep the place alive. It was a struggle at times. For a while, we had bingo games there. They were really pop- ular, but then we had competition from the churches, so that died away. It helped us go through tough times. The beauty of it all was the Community Center didn't cost the town any money. We raised it all." A Welcome Home for Arts Organizations Indeed, unlike most municipalities that fund their own community centers, Wellesley's prime meeting place is self-sufficient. The Community Center is a privately-funded, tax- exempt 501(c)(3). Flash forward from the innovative fundrais- ing, teenage hijinks, and bingo games, and the Community Center hasn't veered from its mis- sion. The building still serves as a meeting place for all: World of Wellesley, Wellesley Rotary, Wellesley Chamber of Commerce, Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club, Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project, and American Needlepoint Guild are just a handful of the organizations that hold meetings and events there. 93 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8

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