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2016 Gala Auction Bid Leads to Once in a Lifetime Experience

Nick Matte,14, as the co-pilot.

A night on the town to support a great cause is always an exciting experience, but winning a coveted auction item simply pushes the experience to another level – especially if it is an auction item you have long desired.

Perkins Clinical Coordinator Bridget Matte, her husband Greg, and her son Nick had the opportunity to fly to Nantucket in a private plane and enjoy a day on the island thanks to their generous bid on an auction item at last year’s Inaugural Evening Under the Stars, Creating Bright Futures Gala. The trip – sponsored by Costas Malapanis and Cherie Ansin – was a private flight for two from Nashua to Nantucket Island for a day of relaxation, plus $200 in cash to spend while exploring. The Matte family chose to explore on bikes.

“Neither my husband nor I had been to the island before, but our son had been there with a Scouting group and was excited to show us around,” Bridget said. “The best part of the day was our visit to Brant Point and the Working Mill – actually that was the best part when we were on the island.” The highlight – according to Bridget – was seeing her son in the co-pilot’s chair of the plane on their flight. “Seeing my son as the co-pilot was awesome,” Bridget said. “It was a delight and a once in a lifetime unexpected turn of events.”

Nick and Bridget Matte with pilot, Costas Malapanis.

Nick was thrilled to learn about the mechanics of the plane and experience the trip from above. “Truly, this is the only way to go to Nantucket,” Bridget said. “It sounds so funny to say we just flew over. I feel so spoiled to have experienced the beauty of the island from above and without weekend crowds.”

Bridget went on to say how very fortunate she and her husband felt for having the joy of experiencing this trip. “We are long-term supporters because we believe in the mission of Perkins,” Bridget said. “It is always rewarding to give to Perkins because we are confident that the money will be used to directly benefit the students and clients.  It also feels good to give locally.  It was an absolute delight to win this auction item and we look forward to bidding again at the upcoming event!”

The Evening Under the Stars, Creating Bright Futures Gala is scheduled for November 3, 2017, from 6 to 10 PM. Tickets can be purchased here. To bid in this year’s Evening Under the Star’s online auction, please click here and register to bid. Bidding will go live October 11 and continue through the night of the gala. This trip will be up for grabs again, so get your bids in early!

Leading Economist Teaches Students Rules for Success

Dr. Fred McKinney spoke to Perkins high school students today as part of our ongoing inspiring speakers series. Dr. McKinney is the current Managing Director of the Minority Business Programs at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Prior to his time at Dartmouth, he served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of BusinessContinue Reading

Perkins Unveils 2018-2020 Strategic Plan

Dear Friend, I am pleased and very proud to provide you with our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, Expanding Capabilities for Greater Impact. This plan represents months of dedicated work on the part of Perkins trustees and employees. Included in the plan is our refreshed Mission, Vision, and our Values. We invite you to partner with us asContinue Reading

Perkins Newsletter – Summer 2017

A Tribute in Memory of R. David Perkins

David Perkins (1952-2017): Ambassador, Donor and Grandson of Perkins’ Namesake Perkins commemorates the passing of R. David Perkins on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. David was the son of long-time Perkins director, Franklin H. “Bud” Perkins, Jr., and grandson of Franklin Haskins Perkins, M.D., the eminent child psychiatrist for whom the agency is named. David wasContinue Reading

Taste of Wachusett Celebrates Twenty Years

Hard to believe the Taste of Wachusett is in its twentieth year. The very first host, Susan Templeton, the then Executive Director of the Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce, decided that it would be great fun to create a trade show for the sole purpose of sampling great food and drink while mingling with aContinue Reading

Successful Initiatives Save Money

Going and staying green is an important goal here at Perkins. We have put many initiatives in place over the last several years to reduce our environmental footprint and, in the process, save money. From purchasing environmentally benign cleaning products, switching our ice melt to a biodegradable anti-corrosive calcium magnesium acetate product, to single-stream recyclingContinue Reading

Heroes and Leaders Celebrated at Summerfest

The annual SummerFest celebration hit the sunny lawns of the Doctor Franklin Perkins School this past Thursday evening, August 17th. Families and staff alike could be seen socializing, enjoying delicious food, and partaking in numerous games and activities dotted around the campus. Attendees were able to enjoy the bouncy house and obstacle course, pet theContinue Reading

Engaging Students in Learning

Perkins is always seeking new ways to engage our students in learning and encourage them to pursue new passions. Our education team incorporates many different learning options for students, and work steadily to reach every single student. Some of our students learn best by doing and others by observing. Learning is different for every student.Continue Reading

Grit Defines Perkins Class of 2017

  As the clouds parted to reveal the sunshine rather than downpours, Perkins graduates paraded across the manor lawn proudly dressed in Perkins purple ready to receive the accolades they have worked so hard to achieve. Presiding over the event was CEO Michael W. Ames, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer Timothy Hammond, and Director of EducationContinue Reading