Woburn Charities Get Boost From Beacon Grille

Cummings Properties' restaurant donates proceeds to 60 charities.


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We are delighted to share the complete and very diverse list of 60 local charities that recently received major funding from Cummings Foundation, the beneficiary of 100 percent of Beacon Grille's net profits. Through its first cycle as a grant-making organization, the Foundation awarded a total of $6 million this summer, primarily to not-for-profits based in eastern Middlesex County and the Beverly area. Several charities in Suffolk County also received grants.

With a goal of supporting the communities in which the Cummings organization, including Beacon Grille, operates and where most of its employees live, the Foundation was pleased to make grants of $100,000 each to charities that address a variety of important issues, including education, healthcare, social justice, and underserved populations. These organizations were, of course, in addition to a broad array of not-for-profits that the Foundation has supported, in some cases, since it began in 1986. One such organization is the Cummings/Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education at Tufts University, to which Beacon Grille's profits are specifically allocated.

See below for the complete list of recipient organizations, as well as brief descriptions of the newly funded projects. This information is also available on our website.

We recognize and greatly appreciate your support of Cummings Foundation through your patronage of Beacon Grille.

Cummings Foundation's 2012 Grantees

$100,000 grants awarded to each 


American Islamic Congress 
Boston, Massachusetts


To support its efforts of fostering respect for human rights and civil rights, driving genuine relations, and promoting tolerance and the exchange of ideas between people of all faiths.


Angel Flight New England 

North Andover, Massachusetts


To provide free scheduled or emergency air transportation, ensuring patients receive the medical care they need without depleting their financial and emotional resources.


Armenian Heritage 

Belmont, Massachusetts  

To enhance the organization's online presence, and to help provide valuable educational and learning opportunities for visitors to the new Armenian Heritage Park in Boston.


Beverly Hospital 

Beverly, Massachusetts


To help expand the operating room of this full-service community hospital to meet the healthcare and surgical needs of its patients from the North Shore and beyond.


Boston Architectural College  

Boston, Massachusetts


To establish the Ada Louise Huxtable Fellowship in Civic Engagement and Service Learning in honor of the Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic of The Wall Street Journal.


Bridge Over Troubled 
Boston, Massachusetts


To support its Transitional Day Program, the only 24-hour drop-in center in Greater Boston designed specifically for high-risk homeless youth who need critical survival services.


Brookview House 

Dorchester, Massachusetts  

To help provide a safe, supportive environment for homeless moms and kids while these families pursue self-sufficiency through education, job training, and employment.


Catholic Charities, Boston 
Boston, Massachusetts


To support its nearly 100 programs and services around eastern Massachusetts that provide social services to thousands of our neediest neighbors of all faiths.


Catholic Charities - North
North Shore, Massachusetts


To benefit the programs and services offered throughout the North Shore via the organization's offices and child care centers in Danvers, Gloucester, Lynn, Peabody, and Salem.


Conversation Project 
Cambridge, Massachusetts


To support the Massachusetts launch of this project, founded by Ellen Goodman, that encourages the sharing of end-of-life wishes to create a more humane experience for the dying and their loved ones.


Cure Alzheimer's Fund 

Wellesley, Massachusetts  

To support its Stem Cell Consortium through which researchers will develop, study, and maintain Alzheimer's neurons that will be used to screen for new drugs.


Emmanuel College 
Woburn, Massachusetts


To help develop an interdisciplinary program in Middle East Studies and an Arabic Foreign Language Certificate as part of its Global Studies and International Affairs Program.


Empower Peace 
Boston, Massachusetts


To support its Stand Up anti-bullying program and fund a delegation of emerging female leaders from New England to attend The Women2Women International Leadership Conference.


Endicott College 
Beverly, Massachusetts


To help fund construction of a new, state-of-the-art facility that will support its expanded Entrepreneurship Center and its rapidly growing biotech/life sciences program.


Facing History and
Brookline, Massachusetts


To help nurture democracy and combat racism, anti-Semitism, and prejudice through educational programs, including the June 2012Holocaust Remembrance Project.


Family Service of 
Greater Boston

Boston, Massachusetts  

To increase its capacity to provide in-house services for children and families with intensive therapeutic needs, who are referred through childcare centers participating in its Strong Start program.

  Gay & Lesbian Advocates  & Defenders (GLAD)Boston, Massachusetts



To help fund legal challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), according to which the federal government refuses to acknowledge the marriages of same-sex couples.


Germaine Lawrence School    Arlington, Massachusetts



To support its services for girls who have been sexually exploited, including clinical therapy, academic education, support groups, mentoring, and creative activities.


Giving Camp 
Medford, Massachusetts


To help provide fun activities and friendship for Woburn area people with physical and mental challenges, as well as a respite for their families and caregivers.


Griffin Museum of

Winchester, Massachusetts


To support its exhibits and programs that promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional, and social impact. 


Hallmark Health 
Stoneham, Massachusetts


To help fund its new, state-of-the-art Comprehensive Breast Center, which will provide residents of Boston's northern suburbs with ready access to the most advanced care for breast disease.


Harvard University 
Cambridge, Massachusetts


To support the research of Arlan Fuller, Jr., which explores how Roma (Gypsy) youth in Serbia, Romania, and Italy experience exclusion, and also identifies mechanisms for change.


Hebrew SeniorLife 

Boston, Massachusetts  

To support its Healthy Housing for Seniors program, which seeks to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare for frail elders living in subsidized senior housing.


Home for Little Wanderers 
Roxbury, Massachusetts


To support Roxbury Village, a new program that provides former foster youth with safe, stable housing and the necessary support to become self-sufficient adults.


Inner City Scholarship Fund 

Boston, Massachusetts


To provide financial assistance to Boston area students of all faiths attending Catholic elementary and secondary schools, helping to ensure the accessibility of a quality education.


Irish International 
Immigrant Center
Boston, Massachusetts


To benefit its Inclusion and Integration Project, which will educate its large network of clients, students, partners, and supporters on the value of diversity and inclusion.


Marlborough Hospital 

Marlborough, Massachusetts


To help fund construction of a state-of-the-art Cancer Pavilion, bringing all of the hospital's cancer services together under one roof to provide comprehensive care and treatment.


Middlesex Canal Commission 
Woburn, Massachusetts


To reconstruct the Middlesex Canal Towpath in Woburn and connect it to pedestrian outlets at Alfred Street and School Street, providing a recreational path for Woburn area residents.


Mission of Deeds 
Reading, Massachusetts


To help provide more needy families in Middlesex and Essex counties with beds, furniture, and basic household items, free of charge and with a minimal waiting period.


Montserrat College of Art
Beverly, Massachusetts


To develop a much needed new website and other tools to increase functionality and enhance relations with students and their families, community members, and potential supporters.


Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, Massachusetts


To support the exhibition Ori Gersht: History Repeating, a survey of the artist's work, which serves to promote intercultural understanding and discussions about anti-Semitism in the past and present.


Museum of Science 
Boston, Massachusetts


To help underwrite the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, bringing its ancient artifacts to Boston and helping visitors understand the divisions and inequalities that still echo in modern society.


Mystic Valley Elder Services 
Malden, Massachusetts


To support Project Reach, which includes needs identification, outreach, programs, and services targeted to a growing population of diverse and marginalized elders in the region.


National Alliance on Mental
Woburn, Massachusetts


To help prevent unnecessary arrests of persons with mental illness, diverting them instead to community-based crisis treatment and stabilizing follow-up care.


Nativity Preparatory School 

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts


To help expand its classroom offerings to include fourth grade, enabling the school to have a more significant effect on each student's learning experience.


Neighbors Who Care 
Waltham, Massachusetts


To help fund outreach services to assist underserved homebound elderly and chronically ill adults without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap.


North Shore Community College 

Beverly, Massachusetts  

To support the most urgent needs of this two-year, public college, offering programs leading to Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees as well as one-year certificates.


Boston, Massachusetts


To support Tech Goes Home, providing low-income families with a new netbook or mobile device, classroom training, and access to low-cost home Internet.


Our Place Daycare Center for the Homeless  

Cambridge, Massachusetts


To support a one-time building expansion project to expand the children's daycare facility by 25 percent and increase the program's enrollment capacity.


Pine Street Inn 
Boston, Massachusetts


To help homeless US Veterans and low-income individuals who have served in any branch of the U.S. armed forces access resources for housing, employment, and community services.


Salem State University 

Salem, Massachusetts  

To help establish the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which will increase access to related educational resources and connect with area survivors of genocide.


Social Capital Inc. 
Woburn, Massachusetts


To help train teen leaders, expand theWorldFest Multicultural Leadership program, develop an online guide and training program, and pilot a Social Capitalist Fellows program.


Solutions for Living 

Medford, Massachusetts  

To support a pilot program that helps its students explore their multicultural roots and discuss with their families issues of prejudice, discrimination, and racism.


Spaulding Hospital Salem 

Salem, Massachusetts  

To help fund its adaptive sports and recreation program, enhancing the independence, physical health, and emotional well-being of people with disabilities.


Tufts Cummings School 
of Veterinary Medicine
North Grafton, Massachusetts


To help fund a recognized leader for the school's signature International Veterinary Medicine program, part of a comprehensive global health network across Tufts University.


Tufts Osher Lifelong 
Learning Center
Medford, Massachusetts


To increase the size of the office staff, upgrade computer and A/V equipment, develop an online registration system, and introduce new audiences to the program.


Tufts University 

Medford, Massachusetts  

To support the Cummings/Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education, which hopes to teach a new generation the importance of moral action in the face of persecution and oppression.


United Way of Mass Bay 
Boston, Massachusetts


To support Project BOOST, which works with struggling youth in four specially identified underperforming middle schools to create emotionally safe environments and increase graduation rates.


Wilmington Youth Soccer 
Wilmington, Massachusetts


To help fund TOPSoccer, a special athletic program helping Wilmington area kids with physical, emotional, and intellectual challenges develop social and gross motor skills.


Winchester Field  Development 
Winchester, Massachusetts


To support a capital program to renovate and restore Winchester's athletic fields, providing the community and its athletic teams with safe, adequate, and accessible facilities.


Winchester Hospital 
Winchester, Massachusetts


To benefit a variety of areas, including its new Ambulatory Services Center, patient services at its Center for Cancer Care, and nursing education and scholarships.


Multicultural Network

Winchester, Massachusetts  

To help fund a new executive director position, which will enable the organization to sustain and expand its programming, which promotes the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity. 


Woburn (North Suburban)
Woburn, Massachusetts


To further its mission to connect people of all backgrounds, and to provide scholarships, childcare, and programs for healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development.


Woburn Boys & Girls Club 
Woburn, Massachusetts


To support its strategy to deepen program impact and promote capacity building at this organization that welcomes boys and girls of all races, religions, and ethnic cultures.


Woburn Council of  Social Concern 
Woburn, Massachusetts


To help serve those in need through its food pantry, children's center, family childcare system, parenting education program, and supervised visitation program.


Woburn Historical Society 
Woburn, Massachusetts


To support the planning, production, and promotion of programs and exhibits that inform and educate the citizens of Woburn about their city's history and rich heritage.


Woburn Supportive Living 

Woburn, Massachusetts  

To help fund individualized support services and professional care at Warren House, allowing survivors of brain injury to live more independently in a home-like atmosphere.


Woburn VNA Hospice Care 

Woburn, Massachusetts


To help further its mission to provide comprehensive care and support to patients and families facing the challenges of life-limiting illness and loss, regardless of acuity, cost, or ability to pay.


Youth Villages 
Woburn, Massachusetts


To support Transitional Living, a program designed to help young adults who are aging out of state custody learn skills to transition into independent and productive lives.


Zoo New England  

Boston and Stoneham,  Massachusetts



To help expand cultural participation in its zoos with free and discounted days, community pass programs, cultural activities, and more user-friendly signage and promotional materials.

mdonahue September 05, 2012 at 12:52 PM
So nice to see Cummings Properties and Beacon Grille supporting so many local charities. Thanks to their board for their vision.
Dianne Autenzio December 03, 2012 at 01:10 PM
nice to see the money used for locally helping so many people. in our Community. Great job


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