Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Fund Raiser for Danversport Chemical Explosion Victims a Huge Success

The Hawthorne Hotel was pleased to host an event on Sunday night, March 11, as a benefit for the people who lost their homes in the chemical explosion that occurred this past November in Danvers, Massachusetts. We raised over $5,000 for the victims, which is being transmitted to a fund that has been set up to assist.

Here you see Julie Dougherty and her band, as they played during their segment of this show that featured over 15 bands and groups.

Here you see Claire Kallelis (right), the Hawthorne Hotel's Director of Food and Beverage with Honey O'Neil, who helped out with the event by working at the door that day. Honey used to work in our Tavern from 1976 to 1993, and she worked with Claire for a lot of those years.

Claire was so pleased to see Honey, along with a number of former staff members from the Hawthorne, at this event.

Here you can see an 'aerial view' of the Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom, taken from our 'grandmother windows', with the band that was on stage at the time of this photo.

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Thank you to all of the bands and individuals who participated in making this event the huge success that it was, with special thanks to Julie Dougherty and Claire Kallelis for setting it all up!


1 comment:

  1. julie dougherty1:08 PM

    Juli .. it was an honor to organize some of the finest bands in the area to raise money for the victims of the Danversport Chemical Explosion ... everyone involved from volunteers to hotel staff to performers were all in sync with the "greater good" of raising as much money as possible that day, whether it was through the raffles (from many fine establishments who donated gift certificates and gifts of all kinds), or through the donations at the door... the musicians who all gave of their time and talent with no question of payment .. I was just so touched at how our "musical community" banded together to help our neighbors... after all, it could happen to any of us and it's nice to know that folks are willing to extend a helping hand in a time of need. Thanks for the use of the most beautiful room in the area to hold this festive and healing occasion... it was a pleasure to help... Julie D.