We Celebrated…and We’re Grateful! BT Celebrates a Birthday & Anniversary Sunday at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn

Thank you to the Wayside Inn for such a beautiful cake — it even incorporated our event logo!

What a day for a celebration! This past Sunday, Bridges Together celebrated 25 years of the Bridges program (now officially known as the Bridges Program Curricula Suite) and 5 years of our incorporation as a nonprofit. The afternoon was a celebration of our journey from a one-person, one-program initiative to a center for intergenerational excellence.

Bridges Together Founder and Executive Director Andrea J. Fonte Weaver shared a bit about how Bridges Together came to be, and we were delighted that some of the original Bridges volunteers from 25 years ago joined in the festivities! Bridges Together was also delighted to honor three individuals pivotal in the BT story: Ruth Griesel, former director of the Sudbury Senior Center; Emmett Schmarsow, Program Manager for Councils on Aging and Senior Centers at the Executive Office of Elder Affairs; and Dave Stevens, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging.

Thank you to all who supported our celebration either by attending, purchasing one of our “birthday surprises” (hope you liked what you got!), bidding on auction items or by sending in a financial donation.

We’d like to thank the following sponsors of the event: TD Bank, Ad-Vantage Inc., HouseWorks, Morrill Insurance Agency LLC, Nardella & Taylor, LLP, and Denise McDonald Garzone, Realtor.

Here’s to the next 25! (Thank you to Sue Ogar Photography for capturing the images below.)

Original volunteer Bob Vannerson with his wife Alice

Andrea and board member Lee Ann Frigulietti cut the cake

A truly intergenerational moment

BT Board Chair Chris Hammer and Honoree Ruth Griesel

Honoree Emmett Schmarsow

Honoree Dave Stevens








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