Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Outings to the zoo and seal tour

The boys (Simpkins/Vineyard/Cabin) went to the Roger Williams Zoo on Staurday and then went on a Seal Tour in Chatham. Both days were hot and beautiful. the boys were all very patient and cooperative. Another fun weekend of outings for the guys!

Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; 
to me those have always been the two most beautiful words 
in the English language.
~Henry James

Friday, July 9, 2010

Horseshoe crabs, Artists and Hotrods- Fundraiser for Latham Kids

On August 7 in Palmer, MA, the Milltown Returns Car Show will be taking place. Local artist Greg Vaughan, owner of Vaughan Art, has gathered other artists from around the country to try their hand on a unique canvas- a horseshoe crab shell.

This prehistoric, and rare, species of crab is found on Cape Cod and Mr. Vaughan has been collecting and painting on their shells for the last few years. He wanted to involve other artists in fundraising for Latham students. All money raised at the Milltown auction will go to our arts and music program.

If you are interested in bidding on a crab before August 7 or donating to this fundraising drive, you can contact Greg through his website www.vaughanarts.com

"Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something." 
~Henry David Thoreau

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Outings to Battleship Cove and the Cape Cod Scenic Railroad

The 2010 “End of Year” Celebration

Under a canopy of blue sky and sunshine, Latham Centers celebrated our annual “End of Year” event. Students, families, staff, members of our Board of Directors, friends, community leaders, and advocates attended this joyous occasion to reflect on all the wonderful things our school, and most importantly, our students have accomplished throughout the school year. Through the generosity of our friends at Ocean Edge Resort & Spa, a delicious luncheon was prepared and served to our guests as they shared the day with all of us.

The students displayed their musical talents with songs from Broadway, the Beach Boys, and Disney, as well as dancing and bell ringing. Outgoing BOD members were presented with a token of our appreciation for all of their hard work on behalf of Latham Centers and two members were surprised to learn that buildings will be named in their honor for their tireless dedication to our students and individuals:

Harry MacDonald Cottage
Dr. Russell S. Boles, Jr., M.D. Clinical Building

Congratulations also went to Latham Centers staff Gary Joseph, Amy Smith and Amy Schmaltzer who received the Morgan and McClennen Awards which were based on nominations made by their peers. The awards were presented by Program Directors Mike Marchese and Jonathan Smith. Community awards went to the Ocean Edge Resort, Irene Miller - The Orleans Convalescent & Retirement Center and Miguel Cruz – Mid Cape Racquet & Health Club to recognize their support and efforts on behalf of those we support.

As we reflected back on the year’s achievements, Anne McManus, Executive Director of Latham Centers, also expressed our collective sadness over the untimely death of a member of our Latham staff, Director of Maintenance Tim Semple. To honor Tim’s memory and commitment to Latham, it was announced that a playground will be built on the School Campus and named The Tim Semple Playground. There will be more information to come on this wonderful and meaningful fundraising project. All are welcome to participate. Summer on Cape Cod is officially here. Students are getting ready for swimming, clubs, outdoor activities and adventures. What a great way to spend the Summer!

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are
tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Latham Profile for: Carol Sullivan
Executive Assistant for Latham Centers

Picture a Juggler! That’s me! Hi, I’m the Executive Assistant for Latham Centers and I have been working here for going on 12 years. My job requires lots of multitasking. There is always a variety of work to do; it’s fun, exciting and sometimes crazy-making, but never boring. I enjoy my work and the people I work with.
One of my responsibilities is in development and fundraising. Did you know that there have been 31 foundations that have given to Latham over the 12 years that I have been working here! That’s amazing! We also have more than 400 faithful and generous individuals, companies and organizations that have given over the years to our bi-annual appeals. Newsletters are sent out twice a year to keep everyone up-to-date on what is happening at the school and in adult services. We recently joined Network for Good, an online marketing and fundraising company. On our website, there’s a convenient Sign-Up button to receive our online communications and you can now easily and securely donate to Latham using the Donate Now button.
Right now I’m working on an upcoming fundraiser in October. We’re having our First Annual Latham Centers Charity Golf Classic. You can find out all about it on our website. If you’re a golfer, you can download the registration form; or if you would like to sponsor the event, the sponsorship forms are available too.
My other responsibilities include all Board of Directors activities, correspondence with donors and managing the donor database, foundation proposals, worker’s compensation claims reporting and processing, just to name a few. I also have the pleasure of working with some of the individuals who have part-time jobs in the office or help me with special projects, and although I don’t work with them every day (I admire those who do), I am proud of the work I do and feel that it impacts their lives for the better, making my job very fulfilling.

Carol Sullivan