What is Charityfest?

Dear fellow employees,
Partners in Business is pleased to announce Charityfest 2009, an event this year that will emphasize one of the best things we’ve done collectively throughout the years—charitable giving. We hope that everyone will support this charitable event and that you will continue to support events like this one in the future.

Charityfest 2009 will include a Silent Auction, Charity Raffle, and 50/50 Raffle. It will take place December 11 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Boylston cafeteria. We will be serving light refreshments.

On the day of Charityfest, the Way-To-Go Award winners will be presented, and an acknowlegement of the significant contribution that employees have made to Rosie’s Place will be made.

Start Today!
You can purchase your 50/50 Raffle tickets right now by coming to the Boylston cafeteria between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. this week (beginning November 30) and next week (up until December 11). At the same time, we are conducting a Food Drive to benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank (canned or dry goods only). We will also preview some of the Silent Auction items.

We encourage you to donate items for the Silent Auction and Charity Raffle. Please read the information below this message. All donated items will be displayed for live viewing along with a preview of the items posted on the PIB blog.

We welcome your participation and encourage your charitable giving!



Charityfest 2009 Donation Information

Charityfest 2009 Silent Auction/Raffle Information for 2009
When: Friday, December 11th
Where: Boylston Cafeteria
Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM (Auction/Raffle closes at 4:30PM)

2009 Beneficiary
Horizons for Homeless Children

What to donate?
Popular items in the past have included:
• Employee-produced artwork
• Employee time and talent (in-kind), such as a golf lesson or a photo session. Please contact Al Velasquez to make an in-kind donation. • Homemade crafts, such as sweaters and baked goods If you are donating baked goods, please make sure they are in an AIRTIGHT hard plastic or metal container, both for freshness and pest deterrence.
• Tickets to sporting events, plays, and concerts

Please note that items should be in new or like-new condition, in the original, unopened packages.

When to donate?
You may donate items through Monday, December 7.

Where to donate?
9th floor Human Resources Suite – 9E 302 (Keryn Broydrick)
or any PIB member (see PIB blog for PIB member information)

Visit the Boston PIB Blog for information on PIB, Charityfest 2009, and to
view Auction Items https://bostonpib.wordpress.com/


PIB Local Charity Poll Ends…

Our Charityfest2009 local charity poll has ended and the results are in!

Out of 103 respondents who voted our Charityfest2009 charity is Horizons for Homeless Children with 43 votes (45%) of the votes cast (for a voting breakdown see the graphic below).

Thank you to all who took time to cast their vote!


Horizons for Homeless Children 46 votes
Children’s Hospital Boston 15 votes
Fenway Community Health Center 15 votes
Jimmy Fund 14 votes
Rosies Place 13 votes

PIB Calls for Your Vote on Local Charities

Please take a moment to participate in our Decemberfest 2009 Silent Auction Charity Poll. Vote for the one organization from the list of local charities whose core mission you are passionate about and for which you would like to direct all proceeds from our Decemberfest Silent Auction. A follow-up posting will announce the Decemberfest 2009 Silent Auction Charity winner based on the highest number of votes.

For further information please visit the website of the respective charity:
Children’s Hospital Boston: http://www.childrenshospital.org/
Fenway Community Health Center: http://www.fenwayhealth.org/
Horizons for Homeless Children: http://www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org
Jimmy Fund: http: //www.jimmyfund.org/
Rosie’s Place: http://www.rosies.org

This poll will close by Friday, November 20 at end of day.

Thank you for your interest and participation.

Boston PIB Photo Contest Ends…

The Boston PIB Walks Photo Contest is officially over. We want to thank the following employees for submitting photographs for consideration and judging: Zareh Artinian, Lori-Anne Cohen, Amy Joyce, Emily Lalka, Ann McNally, Becky Napoleon, Al Velasquez, Amanda Watters, Jeff Wickersty, and Michelle York.

From among the entries, the following winners have been selected:
Amy Joyce: “Baskets of Grapes” and “Sunflowers”
Ann McNally: “Duck On Pond”
Amanda Watters: “Lunch Time!”
Jeff Wickersty: “No Place To Sit”

All winning entries will be framed and formally exhibited in the 9th floor library. An announcement of the exhibition will follow.

PIB Wants Your Photos!


PIB wants your photos!
PIBʼs Fall Photo Contest is up and running! So grab your camera, grab a friend, and take a walk around downtown to snap some great photos of Boston.

Better yet, join us for one of our upcoming Autumn Walks:
Thursday 10/15 and Thursday 10/29
12:30 pm in front of the Boylston entrance
Hope to see you there!

Visit bostonpib.wordpress.com/2009/09 for rules and entry forms.
Email jennifer.creane@pearson.com or robert.stahlinski@pearson.com for more info.

Boston PIB Walks Photo Contest Kick-Off

To coincide with the PIB Autumn Walks we are happy to announce our PIB Walks Photo Contest open to Curriculum Group and FEN (Family Education Network) employees. Any employee armed with a digital camera is encouraged to enter.

The simple rules are:
• Open to Curriculum Group and FEN employees (only)
• Entries will be accepted from Thursday, October 1 up to an including Friday, October 30, 2009 (no extensions beyond deadline)
• Each employee may submit up to two photographs for consideration
• Photos may be black & white or color
• Submissions should be print-quality digital (jpeg files please)
• Photos will be judged on their interpretation of the theme “Lunch Time Walks,” and should be taken within walking distance of 501 Boylston
• Entries will appear on PIB’s blog and will be posted in the cafeteria. Winning photographs will be displayed in the 9th floor library.

Please email your photo and entry form to Jen Creane (jennifer.creane@pearson.com) or Rob Stahlinski (rob.stahlinski@pearson.com) by October 30, 2009. Thanks!



Boston PIB Autumn Walks Begin are set to begin in October

Walking Buddies

Join us for a 30-minute walk every other Thursday in October. Rain or shine, the walking group will meet on the steps in front of the 501 Boylston entrance at 12:30 pm.

10/1/09 Join us for a walk through the Public Garden and Boston Common to kick off our fall photography contest. Don’t forget your walking shoes and camera.

10/15/09 Join us for a walk along Newbury Street and Boylston Street.

10/29/09 Join us for a walk around the Commonwealth Mall.

Don’t miss these opportunities to take some great photos of Boston. The deadline for photo submissions is October 30. See listing in this blog for more information about Walking Buddies and the Fall Photo Contest.

PIB Ice Cream Event—update!

Thank you to all employees who donated food during the PIB Ice Cream event. Your donations of 797 lbs of food amounts to 613 meals that The Greater Boston Food Bank will be able to provide needy families in greater Boston and Massachusetts.

PIB Ice Cream Event, July 8th at 3:00 in the Boylston cafeteria

PIB ice cream poster

This event takes place July 8 and 3:00 p.m. at the Boylston Cafeteria. All Curriculum Group employees are encouraged and are welcomed to participate. We ask for a charitable donation of healthy food items which in turn will be donated to The Greater Boston Food Bank to supplement the growing food needs of families experiencing hardship in Massachusetts.

Thank you for your participation and heartfelt contribution.