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Dedham Residents Rally to Fix Failing Boiler at Mother Brook

Organizers are looking for residents to host customized dinner events to raise funds for the project.

Photo Credit: MBACC
Photo Credit: MBACC

A group of residents from Dedham are working to raise funds to offset costs associated with replacing a failing boiler at the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center. 

To pay for the costs, MBACC officials are looking at residents from each of Dedham's seven neighborhoods to host all-inclusive dinners to be followed by dancing and entertainment at MBACC. 

The town wide in-home dinners to raise the funds beginning March 1. The dinners will be held at homes across town as part of the "Heat it Up! Replace-the-Dying-Boiler Fundraiser," according to MBACC officials.

"The boiler crisis came as a bit of a shock," MBACC Executive Director Jean Ford Webb said in a statement. "We knew we took over a fixer upper, but didn't realize it would give out in the first year. But having this kind of response from the community is its own kind of fuel, and will help us all power through one of the first major obstacles we've been given on our quest to build a first-class facility for everyone in Dedham."

The concept behind fundraising effort is to have residents from each of Dedham's seven neighborhoods host dinners in their homes, followed by dessert and dancing to a live band at MBACC. Transportation will be provided to shuttle guests to and from the MBACC building. The cost of the all-inclusive event is $50 per person with a suggested donation of $100 per person that would include a family membership to the center. 

Hosts are asked to serve a dinner of their choosing and style for a minimum of eight people including themselves. A suggested timeframe for drinks and dinner is 7-9 p.m. with a free bus transport provided to pick up guests between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

"In addition to dinner hosts, we are looking for two people from each neighborhood willing to serve as Neighborhood Dinner Co-Captains," said organizer Louisa Miller in a statement. "These people will be encouraged to identify potential host families and oversee the coordination of dinners with transportation. We hope that every neighborhood will be well represented in supporting this wonderful new addition to Dedham."

Those interested in helping out can contact Louisa Miller at lmiller@hammondre.com or 617-645-5450, Eileen Kelly at eileenfit6@msn.com or 617-953-9436 or Hope McDermott at hopemcdermott@gmail.com or 781-696-8325.

More information about the fundraiser can be found at motherbrookarts.org/heat2014 or on Facebook here.

steve February 12, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Who pays for all the up keep of that building heating electricity cooling landscaping plowing custodial duties is the town still on the hook for this building.
BOB KEESHAN February 13, 2014 at 07:52 AM
Are we talking about the Avery School ? Heat , lights, maintenance ? Steve, you've got to lighten up pal ! Fugggggged about it ..... You worry too much ! If you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem. Slick your hair back, put your pony-tail in an elastic, grab your best French beret, your favorite tie-dye T-shirt, oldest dungarees and raunchiest clogs and head on down to your " Neighborhood Dinner " ! Afterwards, we can all hop on down the Bunny Trail to the Avery ...... There'll be wine and cheese, and lots of really cool peeps hawking wicked cool stuff . And don't forget to " Save the whales" , o.k. Steve ?
Jean Ford Webb February 13, 2014 at 09:12 AM
For the record, the town does not pay MBACC's operating costs. Funding to support operations comes from a combination of rents, tuitions, donations and grants. Our first order of business, upon completing lease negotiations and signing with the Town, was to begin to lease artist work space and create some cash flow. Our artist work space is now fully leased and occupied. In addition, MBACC has been and continues to be the recipient of a lot of pro bono help from area businesses, tradespeople and volunteers. We owe many, many thanks to the artists in the building, Dedham Civic Pride, Mother Brook Community Group, Bill Lane and Superior Plumbing, Kevin Scollan and Trinity Painting, Jim Ray and Mystic Scenic, Rita Mae and LLoyd Cushman, Rob Campanello, a group of Girl Scouts and their parents, Whole Foods Market, and 60 or 70 individuals who have cut grass, shoveled walkways, painted, cleaned up the landscape, written articles, photographed our progress, and much more.
Eileen Kelly February 13, 2014 at 09:34 AM
This is a great use of an old building. Anyone who hasn't been in to see what's ggoing on should drop in. I love that we have been able to save the building and put it to amazing use. So many possibilities. Get involved you won't be sorry.

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