Team Noah Walks Again

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Walk-a-thon in order to raise funds for the Schwartz Center for Children. The annual event took place on Sunday, September 14th at Fort Taber in the south end of New Bedford.

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As many of you know, Noah was unable to attend the walk-a-thon this year. At the time, he had been admitted to the Children’s Hospital in Boston (thankfully, he is home now!)

We were overwhelmed with the sea of green and are so incredibly thankful for all who attended in honor of Noah and to everyone who donated to this great school.

Team Noah with your help, raised nearly $7,000!

 

 

Noah’s Make-A-Wish is Coming True!

It’s been over a year since we found out that Noah was nominated to receive a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We were (and still are) extremely moved that one of Noah’s amazing, caring, and thoughtful nurses (aka angels) at Boston’s Children’s Hospital had nominated him out of all of the children they see on a daily basis.

At first, it was easy to choose Noah’s wish. His love for Cars and anything Lightening McQueen (ca-chowww) made it a breeze, but then we found out that Pixar (the creators of Cars) didn’t grant wishes. We had to go back to the drawing board! As 2013 and much of 2014 passed us by, we were still uncertain on Noah’s wish.

After almost a year of searching, it only took us one trip to Nashville, Tennessee to the K-Love Awards to find our wish for Noah…Mandisa. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Mandisa, she is an extremely talented and passionate singer. Her song, “Overcomer” speaks volumes to me and our family.  She truly is an inspiration. Come Tuesday, our wish will be granted. Mandisa will be flying to Massachusetts, will sing to Noah and have lunch with us!

Watch and listen to Mandisa’s “Overcomer” video below. We are sure you’ll be moved too!

Golf Tournament Date Announced!

Attention golfers! Our next fundraising event is the 2nd annual Team Noah Foundation Golf Tournament at the Acushnet River Valley Golf Course on Monday, June 23.

Registration for the event begins promptly at 10AM with a shot gun start at 11AM.  Following a morning of golf, dinner will be served at Cafe Europa in New Bedford.

If you are interested in joining the tournament, you will need a team of 4 (the tournament will be scramble format). To ensure your team’s spot, please print out this form and send it along with payment to the address provided by June 2, 2014. Remember space is limited to 144 golfers (36 teams)!

If you aren’t a golfer, but would like to sponsor the event – apparel, sign and Putting Contest sponsorships are all currently available. Please see above form for details.

Help us spread the word by joining our Facebook Event and share it with your friends. We look forward to another successful fundraising event! Thank you again for your continued support.

Check out our feature in the Schwartz Center Newsletter

We are honored to be included in the latest Schwartz Center Newsletter! Thank you for including us.

 

“The goal of our foundation is to pay it forward and keep Noah’s name as a legacy for generations to come. We want to keep supporting the Schwartz Center and families like ours in meaningful, tangible ways. The Team Noah van we purchased for the Center last year was just the beginning of a wonderful collaboration. We are very pleased to be able to now contribute significantly to the new Sensory Integration room at the Center with this fundraiser. We will keep helping children like Noah and families like ours for as long as we possibly can,” stated Christine Fernandes.

Tickets for the February 28th Wine Tasting are already sold out, but donations to support Team Noah’s efforts are encouraged. Team Noah is a nonprofit organization named after Noah Fernandes, who received physical and occupational therapy at the Schwartz Center. For more information, please visit:www.teamnoahfoundation.org

Thank you to Freitas Package Store!

A special thank you to Freitas Package Store for coordinating all of the vendors for Team Noah Foundation’s 2nd annual wine tasting.

While at Team Noah’s second annual wine tasting, sample wine from a variety of vendors. Once you’ve selected a favorite wine (or two, or three) head over to Freitas (on Cove Road) to take advantage of their special promotional pricing for wines featured at our event. A portion of proceeds from the wine sales will benefit the Team Noah Foundation.

Merry Christmas from Team Noah

Merry Christmas from Team Noah!

Noah and the rest of the people behind the Team Noah Foundation would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas filled with health and happiness.

 

Special thank you to Isaac, Noah’s big brother for the great Christmas pictures of Noah and little sister Isabella for the Santa!

Tom Finneran: Just in Time for Christmas, Part Two

Thanks to Speaker Tom Finneran for taking an interest in our story and writing about it last week. Humbled that we were one of a few humanitarian stories that he chose to write about!  Read the full article below!

What would Jesus do?

Jesus would smile. Jesus would applaud. And he’d shake the hands and kiss the cheeks of Victor, Allen, and Nelson, three of his present-day apostles. These three saints and hundreds of saintly volunteers brought a smile to the child of Bethlehem and joy to a family in Wareham. That’s called living the Word.

In a very local version of the television show “Extreme Makeover”, Victor, Allen, and Nelson became aware of the plight of Cindy, a local grandmother fighting against some long odds and gamely trying to take care of her two grandchildren all by herself.

Click here to read Just in Time for Christmas, Part One

The grandmother has lupus, a tough, painful, and insidious disease. The oldest grandson is Jeremiah, age twelve. Jeremiah has cerebral palsy and he is confined to a wheelchair. The younger grandson, age eight, like all eight year-olds, is an exhausting ball of energy. And their home, so tiny, so cramped, completely unable to even fit a washer and dryer, obligated Nana Cindy to lug the family wash to and from the local laundromat, costing her a pretty penny each week.

Jeremiah, wheelchair-bound and unable to access the small bathroom, has to be lifted and carried into the bathroom several times a day. Jeremiah now weighs about one hundred pounds………good luck to Cindy lifting and carrying him in the years ahead…………………………………

Enter Jesus, in the form of Victor, Allen, and Nelson. These three gents share a few things in common. They are hard-working, talented, and conscientious contractors. They are Portuguese-Americans and they are generous souls. They know the pain of illness and loss. They have buried children, their own, carrying a grief which knows no end. They have raised developmentally disabled children, bearing that constant exhaustion with a noble strength and dignity. And having walked the walk themselves, with and for their own loved and lost family members, they wanted to walk the walk for Nana Cindy too.

What a light they cast into this world’s darkness. During a season which has become less and less spiritual and more and more material, the example of Victor, Allen, and Nelson provides a great reminder of the joy of giving. And aren’t we blessed to see such joy, to see such giving, to see such love all around us? Countless examples of quiet service, great generosity, and human kindness abound in our communities.

For a heart-warming Christmas movie check out the video below…………………it stars Victor, Allen, and Nelson and a cast of thousands, all of whom shine as brightly as Christmas lights. Jesus saw the movie being made. He gave it two thumbs up, five stars, and a slew of Oscars. Merry Christmas.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/JeremiahsProject

Article courtesy of GoLocalWorcester.com

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Congrats to Carol Almeida, Recipient of the Team Noah Foundation Humanitarian Award

A big congratulations to the 1st recipient of the Team Noah Foundation Humanitarian Award – Carol Almeida (shown below right).  Carol has worked at the Schwartz Center for Children for the last 40 years. She will be retiring this month. Carol was given this award because we believe she has been the heart and soul of this special school since the founder, Agnes “Posa” Raposa’s passing. Carol truly took over Posa’s legacy!

Words cannot express what Carol has meant to us – let alone other parents, children and staff. We believe SHE is Schwartz! Her passion and love of her work and the children shows in what she has accomplished in the past 40 years. Carol is truly an inspiration to us and we strive to be a little more like her each and every day. We love you and good luck in all of your future endeavors!

Thank You!

100 poker players strong! We would like to thank everyone who came out yesterday to make our 2nd Annual Poker Tournament a success. Your generosity never ceases to amaze us.

Thanks to you, we are one step closer to the Schwartz Center for Children’s sensory integration room redo. We chose that as our next project because Noah loved it so much.

Stay tuned for pictures of the event!