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Salem Philharmonic Youth Orchestra has partnered with Salem State University for access to rehearsal space and a recital hall. SPYO, a nonprofit organization, has served the North Shore for more than 25 years. Orchestra members range from students in grades six through 12 from public, private and home schools.
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Kelly Delaney, the owner of Cakes for Occasions in Danvers, was featured on an episode of "The Mentor" on the Bloomberg Television Network. "The Mentor" is an original series featuring top CEOs mentoring small-business owners across America. Delaney was paired up with Mindy Grossman, CEO of the Home Shopping Network. The episode focused on Cakes for Occasions' rapid growth and Grossman's advice on how the business can be taken to the next level as preparations are made for an expansion and the possibility of opening additional locations. Delaney will also launch her own "Cake Mentor" program, which will allow children ages 10 to 15 to write to Cakes for Occasions and explain why they should win an afternoon at the bakery to learn more about the industry.
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The North Shore Community Development Coalition was selected as the recipient of the Community Police Partnership Award. The award, given by the Beverly Police Department, recognizes an organization that has contributed significantly to improving issues of public safety or quality of life within the city of Beverly. In the past six years, the North Shore Community Development Coalition has undertaken projects including the Cabot Street Homes and Holcroft Park Homes developments.
Friends of Marblehead's Abandoned Animals, an animal shelter in Marblehead, received a portion of the proceeds raised at the Goodness Gracious Run for Rescue. The race, hosted by Goodness Gracious, a pet-treat maker and humanitarian organization, raised more than $10,000 for New England animal rescues and shelters. More than 150 people and their dogs gathered for the 5K and 10K run/walk events.
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J. Barrett & Company, a privately owned real estate firm on the North Shore, made a $5,000 donation to The Open Door in Gloucester. For the second consecutive year, the donation from J. Barrett and Company included a dollar-for-dollar matching grant. The Open Door works to alleviate the impact of hunger in local communities and provides low-income households with consistent access to adequate nutritional resources in a socially acceptable environment.