WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

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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dangerous," admits Cynthia Chapman, a WGC member. "But some of the oldest members are the ones that put the wreaths up and they do it fearlessly." For many WGC members the day marks the beginning of the holiday season and the club takes great pride in its work. "The wreaths look so lush," says Chapman. "No wreath you buy in a store would compare to the ones we make, especially the one we make for town hall." For that wreath, the best greens are pulled – arborvitae, chamaecyparis, special pine – and only the most experienced wreath makers are invited to work their magic. As the long day grows to a close and the wreaths are stacked for distri- bution, members of the club depart with scraps for their own home wreaths and the concluding words of their anthem echoing in their heads: "Merry Christmas to all and to all a green thumb!" OPEN TO WESTON GARDEN CLUB MEMBERS. For more information, visit www.westongardenclub.org. Little Cup of Hope On December 7th, the halls of the Brae Burn Country Club will be filled with over 150 pajama-clad children decorating cookies with gooey frosting, crafting and dancing their hearts out, and taking pictures with 146 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 4 / 2 0 1 5 Merry and Bright Santa in honor of the true spirit of the holidays: giving back to others. It's all part of Little Cup of Hope, a fundraiser started three years ago by Wellesley resi- dent Sarah Williams and photographer Roger Pelissier and his wife Nancy. "I wanted to do something that would help kids understand the importance of giving back during the holiday season," says Williams. "But I wasn't quite sure what that would be, until one day when I walked into Roger's studio." On the studio walls were pictures of terminally ill children that Pelissier had taken for the charity Flashes of Hope, which connects professional photographers around the country with families of sick children. "To say those pictures were incredible is an understatement," says Williams. Williams and the Pelissiers began to talk and craft a vision for a day that would raise funds for Flashes of Hope and provide some comfort to the hospitalized children, many of whom are in the hospital for long stays. They came up with the idea of a ticketed holiday fundraiser for families, with child attendees bringing in a pair of slippers for dona- tion. The first year, they raised $10,000, enough to cover the operating cost of Flashes of Hope at Boston Children's Hospital for one year. The second year, they raised $20,000 and were able to donate half of that to the Neuroblastoma Treatment Program at Boston Children's Hospital. Party favors (above) and pajama-clad guests (below) help make the Little Cup of Hope event fun for young and old while raising money for a very important cause H E A T H E R S H A N A H A N H E A T H E R S H A N A H A N

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