Winter 2011 Recent Events

HipHipHerRace

On Saturday, October 15, more than 200 people turned out to participate in the 2nd Annual HipHipHerRace, a benefit 5K race held in West Boylston. Runners and walkers alike enjoyed the beautiful course, which looped around the reservoir and through the autumn foliage. The race also featured prizes for overall and age category winners, raffle prizes, free food and massages, and was great fun for all.
The race wasn’t just about raising money for and awareness about Abby’s House. Just like last year, we heard stories from participants about their own struggles with domestic violence and what this race meant to them. One young woman disclosed that she had been molested as a girl and after several years of intense therapy, decided to run in her first-ever race to express her new-found strength. She said, “I just needed to prove to myself – and the world, I guess – that what happened to me isn’t going to stop me from living my life any more.”
The race was founded by a team of three area business women: Margaret Dix from O’Brien & Gibbons Insurance Center (Worcester), Susan Lauring from the Three Rivers Building (West Boylston) and Sue Manero of Susan Manero & Associates Insurance Services (West Boylston). According to Sue Manero, “Since Abby’s is such a grass roots community based organization, we thought a 5K Race would be a great way to create additional visibility, with the hopes that participants will get more deeply involved. A 5K Race is a great way to gather a diverse group of people together not only to do something healthy and active, but also learn more about what kind of challenges others in their community face.”
Invaluable support was also provided by volunteer Alison Tran, a Clark University student who
spear-headed outreach on local college campuses 
and Anne Marie Hurley, who helped coordinate sponsorship and volunteer efforts. Once again, volunteers have made a world of difference
at Abby’s!
The race brought in approximately $10,000; $3,000 of which was provided by our sponsors: Noar’s Oil, Pioneer Oil, Physical Therapy Innovations, Camosse Masonry Supply, Charter Communications, Millbury Savings Bank, Annette Rafferty, and Reliant Medical Group Foundation (formerly Fallon Clinic). Many other individuals and companies helped make the race a success—for a complete list, please see the HipHipHerRace page on our website! Race profits will help Abby’s House provide shelter, housing and advocacy to the hundreds of homeless women and children who turn to us for help each year. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s HipHipHerRace a huge success! We look forward to another great race next year!

Goddess Fair

Women of all ages attended the first ever Goddess Fair on Thursday, September 15. The fun-filled event was attended by nearly 200 women and featured hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, coffee, Reiki, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, chakra readings, angel cards, tarot cards, astrology readings, hair weaving, and henna painting. The evening concluded with a reading by medium Heather Clockedile. The $2,500 raised will help support the shelter at Abby’s House. Thanks to Kristine Binette, Marilyn Talley and the rest of the crew at the Millbury Health Care Center for hosting this successful event!

Sock Hop

On Saturday, September 17, MaryAnn Rollins, 
a long-time friend of Abby’s House, hosted a
Sock Hop at Union Station. People of all ages turned out for a night of music, dancing, food
and fun. The event raised more than $2,000 for Abby’s. A big thank you to everyone for making this happen!