Area briefs: Nominations for Eva Trager Memorial due; Dignity Grow bags to be assembled

Published: 07-24-2023 4:29 PM

Nominations for 2023 Eva Trager Memorial due

NORTHAMPTON — The Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2023 Eva Trager Memorial. First introduced in 2012, the memorial recognizes individuals who made a significant impact on the vitality of downtown Northampton during their lifetimes. Eligible nominees for this year’s memorial are persons who have died since the event was last held in September 2019. Nominations are due no later than Tuesday, July 25.

Hailed as the “Queen of Main Street,” Trager distinguished herself as a successful businesswoman and champion for downtown for nearly 50 years. Named in her honor, the memorial celebrates the lifetime and exemplary achievements of those who demonstrated a personal commitment and dedication to downtown Northampton and the community.

Nominations may be submitted online at The list of honorees selected for this year will be announced by Aug. 4. The Eva Trager Memorial Ceremony will take place on Friday, Sept. 8, in front of the Owl at 157 Main St.

Jewish Federation to kick off new Dignity Grows program

HADLEY — The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts’ Women’s Philanthropy is inviting the community to help neighbors in need at Amherst Survival Center by packing Dignity Grows bags. The bags will be filled with a month’s worth of personal and menstrual hygiene products.

The bags will be packed on Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. at 14 Hockanum Road in Hadley.

Dignity Grows is powered by Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy to provide women, girls, and individuals assigned female at birth in need with essential hygiene products so that they can attend school and work and participate in community life without interruption.

Women’s Philanthropy mobilizes volunteers and distribution partners in western Massachusetts to organize, assemble, and distribute free of charge, reusable, branded zipper-top Dignity Grows Totes filled with a month’s supply of personal and menstrual hygiene products. Each bag costs $10 and is funded by the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and private donations.

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