Girls Inc. Schedules Spring Gala
LOWELL -- Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell will host its 26th annual Celebration of Today’s Woman Gala on June 6 at 6 p.m. at UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St. The event honors local woman who make a difference in the community. Lura Smith, assistant to the president at Middlesex Community College, will be recognized.
In 1999, Smith collaborated with UMass Lowell to create the Lura Smith Fund, whose mission is to provide scholarship opportunities, programs and events that reflect the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including the annual Lura Smith Fund Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The event has grown to include more than 300 guests and awarding more than $50,000 in scholarships to date.
Donations for the gala are $100 per person. Register at girlsinclowell.org/be-inspired /celebration/.
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Innovators make their pitch
LOWELL -- Finalists in the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center $200,000 Challenge will pitch their medical device and biotech innovations to expert judges on March 27 from 5-9 p.m. at UMass Lowell’s University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St.
Challenge participants will receive services including legal, business and clinical assistance to help bring their concepts to market.
The event will feature speaker Rick Bright, director of the Biomedical Advances Research and Development Authority and deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Since its inception in 2007, M2D2 has assisted more than 100 startups.
-- AARON CURTIS
Leading a ‘Day Without Violence’
LOWELL -- Civil rights leader Fania Davis, UMass Lowell’s 2019 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies, will deliver the keynote address to the university’s annual Day Without Violence on April 2 from 12:30-2 p.m.
The free event, which is open to the public, will take place at the O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, on the South Campus, 61 Wilder St.
Davis grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where the murder of two of her childhood friends at the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963 cemented her resolve to become a justice-seeker and healer. She is the founder and director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, which works to transform public schools and juvenile court systems through reconciliation and other programs that are alternatives to punitive zero-tolerance policies.
Free parking will be available for the event in the Wilder Lot.
-- AARON CURTIS
Fundraiser to aid children in need
DRACUT -- The Comedy Night Fundraiser at the Four Oaks Country Club will be hosted by G.J. Brown Century to raise money for Changes for New Hope. The event is slated to take place on March 30 from 6-10 p.m. at the Four Oaks Country Club at 1 Clubhouse Lane.
The cost is $50 per person and will include entertainment provided by two Boston comedian, as well as a buffet. All proceeds will benefit Peruvian children in need of educational materials.
For more information, call Andre Roberts at 413-636-2219 or visit changefornewhope.com .