This fundraiser came across my desk too late to include in the issue, but I thought I should post and share with you all!

This year’s New Year’s Eve, you can be entertained with musical selections, comic skits and Abbott and Costello routines while also helping build affordable housing in Sturbridge.

Stageloft Theater is donating all the proceeds from it’s December 31 Variety Show to the Tri-Community Habitat Project in Sturbridge. Two shows are slated for the evening, at 6 and 8 p.m. at Stageloft Theater, located at 450A Main Street, Sturbridge. Tickets are $8 and the show is appropriate for all ages. No reservations are taken for these performances.

Donating to charitable causes is nothing new for Stageloft. “We’ve been doing a Variety Show for 10 years and previously donated to other charitable organizations. We like to connect with the local community and give back–the people who attend are very gracious,” said Ed Cornely, owner of Stageloft Theater. “ In the 1990s, we donated to Habitat to support a Westborough project. It’s a great cause.”

The Habitat Affordable Housing Project in Sturbridge is the product of a partnership between the Town of Sturbridge, the Sturbridge Housing Partnership and Habitat for Humanity – MetroWest/Greater Worcester (HFH-MW/GW). The Sturbridge Housing Partnership purchased the land using Community Preservation funds specifically to increase the affordable housing inventory in town. They subsequently awarded HFH-MW/GW the right to develop 79 Fairview Park Road as an affordable Habitat home.

The project is a single family home with 1200 square feet of living space. The unit is designed as a raised-ranch with three bedrooms and one and one half bathrooms. The structure will be detailed and landscaped in a manner compatible with neighboring homes. Work on the foundation is expected to happen in March of 2011, weather permitting.

Habitat is an independent, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry with a mission of building simple, decent, affordable homes for low-income families in the Greater Worcester and MetroWest areas of Massachusetts. Under the motto of “A Hand Up, Not a Handout,” Habitat builds houses with families rather than for them. Partner families must contribute 400 to 500 hours of sweat equity building their homes and learning skills to become successful homeowners.

For more information on the New Year’s Eve Variety Show, call Stageloft Theater at 508.347.9005.



About Habitat for Humanity-MetroWest/Greater Worcester

Habitat for Humanity-MetroWest/Greater Worcester is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization that provides simple, decent, affordable home ownership opportunities for families in need living between 25-60% of the area’s median income.  This affiliate was founded in 1985 as Greater Worcester Habitat for Humanity.  In 2008 it merged with MetroWest Habitat for Humanity.  The organization is pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation.  Homes are sold to qualified and carefully selected low-income families on a no-profit basis with an interest-free mortgage.  Selected families work with family partners and attend monthly meetings to prepare for successful home ownership.  In keeping with its motto of “a hand up, not a handout,” partner families must contribute 400 to 500 sweat-equity hours helping build their homes.


Habitat has an open-door policy, welcoming all volunteers and supporters, regardless of religious affiliation, race, nationality or other background.  For more information about HFH-MWGW, please visit