Mayor’s Holiday Fest

Youth homelessness is a persistent problem in the City of Lowell. According to the 2016 Point in Time Count there were there were a total 359 unaccompanied youth ages 18-24 and 15 unaccompanied youth under 18 in the City. These Youth are experiencing homelessness for a variety of reasons including family conflict and abuse, sexual identity, pregnancy, addiction or mental health issues, contact with the juvenile justice system or aging out of foster care. Homelessness for these youth takes the form of couch surfing, sleeping in their cars or in places not fit for human habitation. While some youth will enter shelters, most view this as a last resource as these shelters can be extremely dangerous places where they are at risk for sexual or physical abuse by older residents. Homeless youth are among the most vulnerable people in our community and are at elevated risk of sexual and physical exploitation and sex trafficking among other threats.

REGISTER HERE FOR TICKETS/SPONSORSHIPS/DONATIONS

2nd Annual Mayor’s Holiday Fest

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, Doors open at 6pm

Zorba’s Music Hall – 453 Market Street, Lowell MA  01852

Suggested donation of $20 per ticket

Dinner reservations available  978.459.7652 / 978.452.8092 

 

Youth homelessness is a persistent problem in the City of Lowell. Community Teamwork estimates that there are over 100 young people in Lowell each year who are experiencing homelessness for a variety of reasons as described above.

To help combat this issue and to provide support to these young people in our community, Mayor Bill Samaras is continuing and building upon last year’s very successful Mayor’s Holiday Fest for Homeless Youth  and  we hope that you will join with us to help make it a success!    

Last year’s Holiday Fest raised $11,000 that was donated to Community Teamwork for their efforts as the lead agency for the Merrimack Valley Youth Consortium that works to prevent youth homelessness. This program has been working with teens to help them reunite with their families, or find safe affordable housing on their own. In many cases it is simply a matter of helping a young person with a security deposit or to clear up past debts that can save them from spending years couch surfing, sleeping in their cars or in places not fit for human habitation.

Coming Soon — Listen in Tuesday morning November 20th, 2018 around 8:10am for Jon Geer, event spokesperson, and Jack McWilliams, marketing & design coordinator appearance on WCAP with Teddy Panos. Also joining WCAP and LTC this month will be the former Mayor of Lowell, Ed Kennedy and the current Mayor of Lowell, Mr. Bill Samaras. They will fill everyone in on the exciting event we have planned this year!

 

VIDEO FROM LAST NIGHT’S EVENT 11/27/18 – Thank you John Heslin   – What a fantastic night!!

 

Listen to WCAP’s Teddy Panos interview Mayor Bill Samaras and Former Mayor Ed Kennedy about the 2nd Annual Mayor’s Holiday Fest for Homeless Youth ~ Rock n’ Roll Fundraiser 2018

Listen to WCAP’s Teddy Panos interview Jack McWilliams and Jon Geer (two members of of the Mayor’s Holiday Fest Committee) about the Mayor’s Holiday Fest for Homeless Youth ~ Rock n’ Roll Fundraiser 2018.

 

Listen to WCAP’s Teddy Panos interview Attorney Richard Lalime (emcee of the event) and Jack McWilliams (Holiday Fest Committee Member) about the Mayor’s Holiday Fest for Homeless Youth ~ Rock n’ Roll Fundraiser 2017.

Watch the 2017 Highlight Video from the Fest on YouTube — Click Here!

Watch the 2017 Slideshow on YouTube – Click Here!

LINKS TO THE CONFIRMED 2018 BANDS – LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM

Marcia J. Macres and friends

Kevin Wall

Whisky Duo 

Bradley Copper Kettle and Friends

Nico Rivers and The Black Grass

Funrazrs

Emily Desmond

Blindspot

Peter Lavender

Take Two –  Mike Gacek and Mike Poulin

SIMPLICITY – Mickey Kanan of Blackheart  and George Bisson

John Powhida (with Dan Styklunas of Downbeat 5)

Love Train (with Dan Styklunas of Downbeat 5)

REGISTER HERE FOR TICKETS/SPONSORSHIPS/DONATIONS

TICKETS/PERSON $20 (purchased prior to event)

Tickets purchased at the door will cost more.

SPONSORSHIPS $250, $500, $1000  – Description

SPONSORSHIPS OF $1000 OR MORE QUALIFY FOR THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT (CITC) AND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A 50% CREDIT/REFUND.  Donate online or if you would like to sponsor, you can also send checks to:  Community Teamwork, Inc., c/o Mayor’s Holiday Fest, 155 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA  01852”

Sponsors

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Sunny Sky and Rainbows Child Care Center

 

Jack O’Connor

George and Carol Duncan

John Chemaly

Gary Sepe

Lowell School Committee

  • William Samaras, Mayor & School Committee Chair
  • Andre P. Descoteaux
  • Jackie Doherty, School Committee Vice-Chair
  • Robert J. Hoey Jr
  • Dominik Hok Lay
  • Connie AMartin
  • Gerard Nutter

Lowell City Council

  • Mayor William Bill Samaras
  • Rita M. Mercier
  • Vesna Nuon
  • Karen A. Cirillo
  • David J. Conway
  • Rodney M. Elliott
  • James L. Milinazzo
  • Edward J. Kennedy, Jr.
  • John J. Leahy

Sponsor Opportunities

Gold Sponsor                           $1,000  

  • Logo displayed on CTI Mayor’s Holiday Fest website and special inclusion in newspaper and radio coverage
  • Check presentation photo op: will also appear on commteam.org
  • Logo displayed at Event and on Event Program
  • Mention from podium and on all social media
  • Eligible for Community Tax Credit (CITC) – eligible for 50% credit/refund

Silver Sponsor                          $  500

  • Check presentation photo op: will also appear on commteam.org
  • Logo displayed at Event and on Event Program
  • Mention from podium and on all social media

Bronze Sponsor                       $  250

  • Logo displayed at Event and on Event Program
  • Mention from podium and on all social media

PARKING

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Arthur Tingas and Kosta Cocalis

Olympia’s Zorba Music Hall 

437 Broadway Street, Lowell MA  01854

Welcome to Olympia’s Zorba Music Hall Dining, Dancing & Entertainment

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

62 Lewis Street, Lowell MA  01854

http://holytrinitylowell.net/

 Macheras Service Mart

66 Broadway Street, Lowell MA  01854

Owl Stamp Visual Solutions

Lowell City Council

Lowell School Committee

 

 

 

 

SPONSORS 2017 – WE NEED YOU!

New England Medical Insurance

JONCAS ASSOCIATES

 

 

 

 

 

Lowell City Council

Lowell School Committee

 

Special Thanks 2017

Special thanks to Chandler Travis for his inspiration. Chandler has been putting on his Christmas Cavalcade Benefits for the Homeless for over a decade. We highly recommend you grab another helping of holiday cheer at one of his upcoming Christmas Cavalcades. For more info, www.chandlertravis.com

 

Arthur Tingas and Kosta Cocalis – Olympia’s Zorba Music Hall – 437 Broadway Street, Lowell MA  01854 – http://zorbamusichall.com/

 

Holy Trinity Church – 62 Lewis Street, Lowell MA  01854 – http://holytrinitylowell.net/

 

Macheras Service Mart – 66 Broadway Street, Lowell MA  01854