Successful Friends Village event educates and inspires as it raises profile and funds

    In keeping with its goal of serving the wider community, Friends Village’s spring fundraiser not only raised funds for resident programs, but also inspired the audience to take action to promote biodiversity.

    The event successfully raised net proceeds of over $24,000 while attracting over 120 people to its campus, many for the first time, and empowering them to take action on the environment.

    New York Times bestselling author, professor and co-founder of Homegrown National Park, Doug Tallamy, inspired and educated the audience with his presentation, “Nature’s Best Hope.”

    One guest remarked, “What a great day…He is such an inspiration!”      

    The event, titled “Afternoon in the Garden”, brought together families, friends, and neighbors to hear Dr. Tallamy discuss how our own gardens can help save the planet and support biodiversity.

    Friends Village is a uniquely small and kind community for older adults in Newtown.

    A 501(c)3 Quaker, non-profit organization, Friends Village seeks to be a community resource for healthy and active aging with programming such as our Growth and Change lecture series and our free Senior Planet technology classes.

    All proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will support resident programs and foster a vibrant and sustainable future for both Friends Village and our world.

    The event included Dr. Tallamy’s presentation, a delicious buffet catered by Piccolo Trattoria, a gift card pull, book-signing, silent auction, and exclusive Q&A session with Dr. Tallamy. 

    The event enjoyed strong support from its sponsors particularly its Gold Sponsor: Britney O’Donnell Landscape Design, and Silver Sponsors: Kellett’s Landscaping and Fulton Financial Advisors.

    Silver Sponsors: Kellett’s Landscaping and Fulton Financial Advisors. The afternoon was a smashing success and great fun for everyone involved.

    One guest, new to Friends Village, said “I never knew about Friends Village. Every town should have a community like this!” For more information about Friends Village, please visit our website: Or contact Barb Heverly at or 215-968-3346 extension 108.

    PHOTO CAP: Attendees at the spring fundraiser

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