Many SOWMA friends came to Lombardo’s in Randolph to Open Doors for School on Wheels students and celebrate their success, on Friday evening, September 18.
Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing to the Legit Band, silent and live auctions, and raffles. Following a School on Wheels slide presentation, Arny, a School on Wheels student, shared the story of her journey from a student experiencing homelessness to her participation in a student leadership conference in Washington, DC this summer. Lila Burgess, Director of Family Services at Old Colony YMCA, spoke about the experiences of families living in shelter and the academic challenges that homeless students face.
Cheryl Opper, founder and executive director, presented the “Champion for our Kids” corporate partner award to Jim McDonough, President and CEO of Randolph Savings Bank for their efforts to bring School on Wheels’ services to the Randolph community.
To close the program portion of the evening, SOWMA’s High School Plus student and Bridgewater State University Scholar, Zachary, sent greetings and shared his new experiences from South Korea where he has begun his sophomore year studying abroad.
Our emcee, Brian Shactman, NECN morning news anchor, brought the event to life, conducting the live auction and dancing with Cheryl Opper.
Guests were supportive of School on Wheels students with donations, sponsorship and encouragement for continued success. View photos of School on Wheels Open the Door Gala.
All proceeds raised at the gala help provide academic support and one-on-one mentoring, empowering children to reach their full potential.
This year I have had the incredible experience of tutoring homeless children, both in a homeless shelter setting as well as in the classroom. The time spent with these remarkable, sweet, funny and eager children has been one of the most enriching times of my life.
AIM HIGH FOR SOWMA's KIDS!
Join us March 25, 2017 for some HOOPla!
Click here for information THE 2017 SOWMA 4ON4 TOURNAMENT
Saturday, March 25th
for the 7th annual
"4 on 4" Basketball Tournament
to benefit children in your community impacted by homelessness.
Check in - 9 a.m. Game start - 10 a.m.
Oliver Ames HS, Nixon & Old Gyms, 100 Lothrop St. in Easton.
Shout out to our listed sponsors for supporting our kids' education.
Get your game on and let's box out homelessness!
For grade 9 through basketball centurion legends and beyond.
Registration closes March 15, 2017
The 2016 SOWMA 4on4 Tournament
On Saturday March 26, twenty-three teams competed in a 4-on-4 basketball tournament at Oliver Ames High School in Easton to raise over $11,000 for School on students who have been impacted by homelessness. Referees, time keepers and snack bar volunteers donated their time, and Oliver Ames donates its gym facilities to support the students we serve. This year we thank Eastern Bank, the JDerenzo Companies, Karen Francioso-Howe and The Farmer's Daughter for sponsoring the tournament and supporting our kids' education.
Congratulations to Our Winners!
Division A Winners - Boneyard
Division B Winners - Opper
View pictures of the tournament on our Facebook page!
School on Wheels Basketball Tournament sponsored by Evolution Sports took place at Oliver Ames High School in Easton.
On Saturday March 21, 24 teams competed to raise money for School on Wheels students who have been impacted by homelessness. The referees donated their time and Oliver Ames donated their gym facilities to support the organization. Mallory Breen, a junior at Oliver Ames HS kicked off the tournament by singing the national anthem. Great job Mallory!