WGBH News and Media Relations


July 24, 2014

WGBH Donates Parking Raffle Proceeds to Brighton Main Streets

2014 WGBH parking lottery raised $5,360.00
BOSTON, Mass. (July 24, 2014) – WGBH has chosen Brighton Main Streets to receive the proceeds from its annual employee parking ‘lottery.’ WGBH Vice President for Communications and Government Relations Jeanne Hopkins presented the local volunteer-driven organization with a check for $5,360 representing contributions from WGBH employees who participated in the public broadcaster’s 2014 employee parking raffle. This year’s proceeds are donated in memory of WGBH Director of Budget Operations Valerie Gunderson, who volunteered as treasurer at Brighton Main Streets. 
“WGBH is pleased to support the valuable work that Brighton Main Streets and its volunteers do for local residents and business owners,” Hopkins said. “The improvements they support have a positive impact not just in the center of Brighton, but throughout the community, year after year.” 
Brighton Main Streets is dedicated to the improvement of Brighton’s neighborhood commercial district and quality of life in the community. They strive to enhance the appearance of their stores, diversify the business mix and services in the community, keep the neighborhood clean and promote Brighton as a destination within the city of Boston while encouraging residents to support the local economy.
“We are honored to accept this generous donation from WGBH in the name of Valerie Gunderson. Valerie was a valuable asset to our organization, and she is deeply missed by myself, our Board of Directors and everyone who knew her,” said Brighton Main Streets Executive Director Ali Carter. “Many thanks are owed to the generosity of our neighbor, WGBH, and their fine staff for giving these funds every year to smaller neighborhood nonprofits. We appreciate your support.” 
This is the seventh year WGBH has conducted the parking raffle. Past recipients of the donation include Cradles to Crayons, the Allston-Brighton Little League, Friends of Allston, Brighton libraries, Presentation School Foundation, the West End House Boys and Girls Club and the Jackson-Mann Community Center. Since starting the lottery when WGBH moved to its new headquarters on Guest Street, WGBH employees have contributed over $32,000 to local community groups.
Photo: Brighton Main Streets Executive Director Ali Carter (left) and WGBH Vice President for Communications and Government Relations Jeanne Hopkins. Credit: Elias Mallette/WGBH
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