Stop & Shop celebrates 100 years by giving $10K to JBP

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A huge thank you to Stop & Shop for their generous support of Jessica’s Boundless Playground. Their donation of $10,000 solidifies our belief that our community is what keeps this project moving forward. The wonderful people who we work with, shop with, eat with…people who share in seeing our kids grow up together…these are the people who are making a difference in our community. You will see them in your local Stop & Shop, and soon…you will see them at Jessica’s Boundless Playground!

Volunteers began site work July 23

MANY MANY THANKS to the volunteers who began site prep work July 23 and 24! They are listed below and deserve public acknowledgement for donating their time, talent, and machinery to help prepare the site where Jessica’s Boundless Playground will be built Sept. 13 & 14. An old basketball court was removed and the land was surveyed and cleared, preparing it for the foundation stone layer.

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You are officially members of Team Jessica!

  • Steve Hulmes, ST Hulmes & Sons Excavating
  • Jason Lafleur, JL Construction
  • Lloyd Butler, Lloyd Butler Jr. Trucking
  • Fran Garrow, Garrow and Sons Landscaping and Excavating
  • Keith Terry, Sherman and Frydryk Land Surveying and Engineering
  • Archie Archible, Selectman
  • David Kibbe, Complete Septic Service
  • Taylor Davis Landscaping – equipment use donated


[PICTURED ABOVE] Volunteering on July 24 are Steve Hulmes of ST Hulmes & Sons Excavating, Dave Kibbe of Complete Septic Service, and Jason Lafleur of JL Construction.

Next week we have eight different local contractors donating their time and machinery to pick up 520 cubic yards of stone from Warner Brothers in Sunderland, who gave us a generously discounted price for the material.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Stop & Shop Quincy wants to celebrate 100 Years with Team Jessica

Stop&ShopFBBannerBELCHERTOWN, Mass., AUGUST 7, 2014 – July was a big month for Team Jessica, Inc. We met our Be One Challenge, which raised $55,000, we raised $20,000 at our Beer & Wine Tasting event, and we received the full amount we asked for, $25,000, from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

Local contractors have already volunteered several hours clearing the site and next week we have eight different local contractors donating their time and machinery to pick up 520 cubic yards of stone from Warner Brothers in Sunderland, who gave us a generously discounted price for the material.

We are making great progress, have many more things in the works, and are ready for the community build to take place on September 13-14, 2014.

Our most recent contact has been by the Quincy Headquarters of Stop & Shop informing us that they are celebrating 100 years in business and would like to celebrate with Team Jessica and the community.

On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 11 a.m. (sharp), there will be representatives from Quincy, as well as some local managers, coming for a “meet and greet” with Team Jessica members at the playground site in Belchertown. The short event will last for 30 minutes and Stop & Shop will be arriving with refreshments for all in attendance.

Stop & Shop representatives have asked that we reach out to the community to attend and to local press to advertise this gathering.

The total raised to date for Jessica’s Boundless Playground is more than $358,000! There remains less than $70,000 to raise. It has been a four-plus yearlong journey that many of you have been following. We ask that you please join us for this brief event that could possibly bring us some very big news.

Beer & Wine Tasting huge success

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Eight days ago, TJI held our final fundraising event (before the build) – a Beer & Wine Tasting – in an effort to build Jessica’s Boundless Playground, an effort that has been ongoing for more than four years. Last year, we held a similar event in November and raised $8,000. This time was a little different: we could expand outside, we had a live band (the amazing BIG RanDom) and it was summer rather than fall. You never know how these factors will play out – some could be in our favor and some not.

We batted around a goal of maybe $10,000. Weeks before the event, we had only 40 advance tickets sold. Some of us were a little concerned. Not Vicky. She was certain all along we would raise $20,000 – no doubts, no wavering, just smiles of positivity. The same positivity she had with the date of the community build – September 13 & 14, 2014 (Jessica would have turned 24 this year on September 13). When I say Vicky has positivity, I mean she is the opposite of negative AND she’s 100% certain – she’s positive!

We’re happy to report that Vicky was positively right on the money; we raised $20,000 at the Beer & Wine Tasting July 26!

We’d like to thank all the people who came out to support the cause, support our Team and support Vicky. We saw some familiar faces and we saw a lot of new faces, as well. We had two surprise donations of $5,000 each. We made new friends and we witnessed what our community is made of.

Special thanks are given to the many people who donated everything to the event. We do not pay for anything when it comes to our fundraisers. It’s either donated or members of our team pitch in to cover necessary costs. One of the reasons for a delay in this post is to make sure we have not missed anyone, so please forgive us if anyone is missing from this list and let us know so we can add them.


Venue Space & Wine Donated by
VFW, Belchertown, Massachusetts

Food Donated by
McCarthy’s Pub
Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice

Beer & Wine Vendors
Lefty’s Brewery
Scantic Valley Brewery
Harpoon Brewery
Westfield River Brewery
Yuengling Beer
Mt. Warner Vineyards, Gary Kamen
Wine provided and poured by Marlene and Darryl Beech

Live Music Courtesy of
the BIG RanDom

Tent Donated by
TJ’s Taylor Rental

Auction Items Donated by
Air Fresh Cleaning Systems
AJE Financial Services
Alex Erb
Amherst Cinema
Amy & Jason Meserve
Amy’s Animals
Anita Thompson
Arizona Pizza
Berkshire East
Big Y
Bill Brown Photography
Bob & Monica Panek
Boston Bruins
Central Rock Gym
Christina Rouleau
Cold Spring Golf Club
Dan Greeley
David Flowers
Deb & Ed Weigel
Deb O’Connell
Delaney House
Derek Kellogg
Gary Nielan
Glenn Auffrey
Hanson Jewelers
Harpoon Brewery
Iron Duke Brewing
Justin Long
Kappy’s Liquor Store
Kerri Parker
Kimberly Allen
Looks to Kill
Maria Philpott
Mary Ingram
Mill Valley Golf Links
Mission Cantina
Myndi B. Photography
Northeast Christmas Tree Farm
Olde Hadleigh Hearth
Patti & Todd Thornton
Patti Hayes Designs
Patty Haze
Paul McGrath
People’s Massage
Phyllis Martz
Route 9 Diner
Scantic Valley Brewery
Scotts Miracle Grow Co.
Silver Hook Fishing Charter
Soaring Adventures
Spirit Haus
Sugar DLs Baked Goods
Team Jessica, Inc.
the BIG RanDom
The Hair Shop
Thomas Stratford
Trader Joe’s
V-One Vodka
Village Package Store
Wildwood Barbecue
Yankees Organization

Stay tuned for a post with special thanks to all of the volunteers who have donated time, talent, expertise and equipment in preparing the site where Jessica’s Boundless Playground will be built next month!

BE ONE Challenge Met!

BEONEOnce again, the community came together to help Team Jessica meet a goal. Our BE ONE Challenge, to receive 500 $100 donations, raising $50,000, was extended an extra month and it turned out to be exactly what was needed. Our challenger and anonymous donor has added $5,000 to mix!

Team Jessica members offer a sincere and heart-felt thank you to all of the people near and far who reached into their heart, and their pocket, to help us reach this milestone.

This is one of our final fundraisers for Jessica’s Boundless Playground. Another recent fundraiser was our Beer & Wine Tasting held, July 26 (more on that to come), where we raised $20,000. None of this is possible without the commitment of the community.

We have about $70,000 remaining to raise for the playground. We’ve raised more than $350,000 in the past four-plus years and we know this will happen.

If you have given to the project, thank you for your support. If you haven’t given yet, but plan to, please take a moment and visit us online or on mobile to make a donation today.


the BIG RanDom gave a us a BIG surprise

theBIGRanDomHere’s a giving story that keeps on giving. the BIG RanDom graciously donated their time and talent to our Beer & Wine Tasting Saturday, July 26. They are a smooth sounding bunch of musicians with a BIG heart.

They entertained the crowd with familiar rock all night long and provided a donation jar for brave souls who wished to unleash their inner-rocker by singing with the band.

During our live auction, the band turned the mic over to our auctioneer, Erin Herbert, who roused a whopping $2,000 from the interactive crowd with items that included a five-hour Silver Hook Fishing Charter Trip on Lake Ontario with Jerry Zalucki, a four pack of Red Sox tickets, and a day of fishing on the Quabbin hosted by Gary Nielan.

Just when we thought the fundraising was over, the BIG RanDom stopped the show with a surprise donation: a free performance at the event venue of the winner’s choice! The bidding started at $100 and quickly went up and up until it was SOLD to the man way in back for $500! Wow. What a great band and what a great crowd.

This story line has an even longer giving trail, but some would like to remain anonymous. But YOU know who you are. And we thank you from the bottom of our heart.

THANK YOU to the BIG RanDom: Rodney Norcross on rythym guitar and vocals, “Rocket” Ralph Gendron on lead guitar and vocals, Rob Kocis on bass guitar and vocals, and Dave LaPointe on drums and vocals.

“A hard driving rock band, with an accent of soft rock, the BIG RanDom will bang out random songs from Lynryd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, The Who, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Free, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Santana, Grand Funk Railroad, Bad Company, Steve Miller Band, Elvin Bishop, Foghat, BTO, KISS, Robert Palmer, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tom Petty, Wild Cherry, The Eagles, The Cars, Bob Seger, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffet, along with more modern songs by Kid Rock, Barenaked Ladies, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, 4 Non Blondes, Soul Asylum, Darius Rucker and Garth Brooks.”

Learn more at their website.