Published in the December 18, 2015 edition

MELROSE — The Melrose High School Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country teams both made donations to the Emergency Fund this week, helping to bring the total for this year’s fundraising drive to over $30,000.

“Every year, for as long as I can remember, the cross country teams have made a donation to the Emergency Fund,” said Mayor Robert J. Dolan. “They are among the many young people who take the opportunity during this festive season to reach out to their neighbors. It’s easy to help someone we know, but offering help to a stranger in need is a truly selfless act. That spirit of generosity is one of the things that makes Melrose such a strong community.”

The Emergency Fund provides one-time help to Melrose residents experiencing financial emergencies. All donations go directly to aid, with no administrative costs, and the fund administrator makes referrals to other local agencies if needed.

Watch for the Emergency Fund holiday special, featuring Mayor Dolan and other City Hall staff, which will be running frequently throughout the month of December on MMTV.

Recent donors to the Emergency Fund include:


FROM THE LEFT ARE Athletic Director Pat Ruggiero, Andrew Fox, Matthew Cosman, Elizabeth Hirsch, Meghan Cincotta, Lydia, Gyurina and Robert Hanlon.

• Jeff Berlin

• Ronald and Donna Albertelli

• Samantha and John Hammar

• Anthony and Judith Pecci

• Frederick and Gale Babin

• Ronald and Charlene Weekley

• Susan Cinella, in memory of Ted Cinella

• Kimberly and John LaFontana

• Beth and Dennis McCarthy

• Gerald and Ann Levinson

• Linda Croke-DiPietro

• Lynda Morgenroth

• Maryfaith Henderson

• Leone Fagan and Jean Bell

• The 200 Club

• Robert and Janice Tribble

• Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church

• Rosemary Sutich

• Patricia and Paul Reynolds

• Hank and Janet Murphy, in honor of Molly Fitzgerald

• Karen and Lawrence Capuano

• Robert Christiansen

• Barbara Perry

• Donna and Jerold Larsson

• Nancy Strickland

• John and Carol Brandano

• Susan and Edward Hollingshead

• Anne L. Swenson

• Deborah Hurley

• James and Ellen Herrington

• Ellen Crocker

• Mary Clark and Bernard Wideman

• Karen and Tim Konicek

• Janis Crafts

• Henry and Maura Bagley

• John and Debra Donnell

• Paula and Glen Emelock

• Patrick Ruzzo

• Sally and George Stubbs

• Robert and Susan Walsh

• Eleanor Hooton

• Peter and Yvonne Vanderhorst

• David and Maureen Kourtz

• Francis Walsh and Fairlie Dalton

• Claire and Jon Scarborough

• Joel and Joan Nordberg

• Michael and Marylou Lackett

• Leonard and Joanne Colasanti

• Raymond and Joan Gillis

• Jean Gorman

• Lynne and Peter Reveno

• Dr. and Mrs. James Timmons

• Charles and Jane Madden

• Bob Hughes

• Nancy McLellan

• The Bunco Babes

• Melrose High School Cross Country

• Anthony and Margaret Koles

• J. Victor and Glenda Amirault

• Priscilla Eustis, in memory of Priscilla and Edward Chick

To make a donation, send a check to Melrose Emergency Fund, Mayor’s Office, 562 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176 or bring it directly to the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of City Hall. Checks should be made out to the City of Melrose, with “Melrose Emergency Fund” in the memo line. For more information about the fund, call 781-979-4440.