Somerville:Second Chances Celebrates Ten Years of Supporting Local Families

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Thanks to its many supporters and partners, Somerville-based nonprofit clothing donation program, Second Chances, is celebrating ten years of service to the Cambridge and Somerville communities!

To mark this special occasion, Second Chances is hosting a 10th Anniversary Celebration, the “Party of the Decade,” on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the American Fresh Brewhouse Outdoor Beer Garden at Assembly Row, Somerville.
Since 2005, Second Chances has provided free clothing, shoes, accessories and gift cards to more than 2,600 lower income and homeless people in Cambridge and Somerville. They have recycled and reused nearly 800,000 pounds of clothing as well, keeping more than 90% of it out of our region’s overflowing landfills.
“We’re a small, local organization, but our reach and our impact over the past decade has been huge,” said Andrea Shapiro, Second Chances’ founder and CEO. “In the next decade, we’re looking forward to doing even more – strengthening partnerships with local residents, nonprofits, and businesses, providing free clothing to even more people in need, and recycling and reusing even more clothing, shoes, and accessories.”
More than 200 community members, friends, allies, and partners from Cambridge, Somerville, and Greater Boston are expected to attend this after-work celebration, fundraiser, and community-building event in Somerville’s new Assembly Row neighborhood.
American Fresh Brewhouse will provide locally-brewed craft beer, locally-sourced appetizers, and their celebratory Beer Garden. Sera Congi from WCVB-TV 5 will act as the evening’s emcee. Guests will enjoy a recycled fashion show – announced by fashion and lifestyle blogger Tobias Otting (juniorsartorialist.com) – with clothing restyled, designed, and modeled by students from Bay State College’s fashion design program. And in between, DJ Angie Donuts will play all her best playlists.

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