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December 10, 2003
Angel Fund Receives $1,000 Grant

ATHOL - The Star-Athol Masonic Angel Fund recently received a grant of $1,000 from the Masonic Angel Foundation in Orleans. This grant was part of a donation from a private donor in the Boston area to provide holiday gift and benevolence packages to children in communities served by Masonic Angel Funds.

This is the second year that Star-Athol Masonic Angel Fund has qualified for the grant. Masonic Angel Funds in Winchendon and Gardner will also receive holiday benevolence grants from this special fund.

For the second year, Star-Athol presented $1,000 to Valuing Our Children and North Quabbin Even Start to help their children have a Merry Christmas.

One of the founders of the Masonic Angel Fund is Athol native Robert W. Fellows of North Eastham. A software publisher and philanthropist, Fellows established the first MAF on Cape Cod in partnership with retired banker John Anden Sherman. Sherman and Fellows later formed a public charitable foundation to serve as the national leader for what are now 73 MAF's operating in eight different states.
MAF provides modest assistance to children in need who might otherwise fall through the cracks in the social service system. System-wide, the typical MAF benevolence is $225. The foundation projects that over $1 million in benevolences will have been granted system-wide by the spring of 2004, according to Executive Director Susan Hockman.

It is a charter requirement of each MAF that 100 percent of every dollar raised in a community must go to local children. Sponsoring Masonic Lodges assume any operating expenses of their local MAF.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, contact Charles Montalbano at 978-249-2337, or by e-mail at

RECEIVES GRANT - Thanks to a donation from a private donor in the Boston area, Star-Athol Lodge's Masonic Angel Fund received a $1000 grant. Left to right - Diane Praplaski from North Quabbin Even Start, Frank Foster from Star-Athol Lodge, Kathleen Hardie from Valuing Our Children, and Loristan Barnes from the Star-Athol Lodge