May Institute

Benefit Days at Borders

In December, May Institute held Benefit Days at Borders. During the event, shoppers could use a special coupon that allowed a portion of the purchase to be donated to May Institute. At stores throughout Massachusetts, May Institute recruited a large number of family entertainers including musicians, storytellers, jugglers, dancers, and more! Many families came out to see us, and lots of kids took part in our Holiday Drawing Contest. We had a great time and helped raise money for the children that we serve.

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Paralympian athlete Anjali Forber-Pratt and author Lynn Toomey of the book series "Color, Learn, & Play"

Dancer Kira Seamon with David Ira Rottenberg, author of "Gwendolyn, The Graceful Pig"

May Institute employees (l-r) Dana Pellitteri, Corlis Gross, and Karyn Vostok at the Copley Square Borders store

(l-r) Anjali Forber-Prat, Lynn Toomey, Alicia Lauren, and Alice Silver-Heilman

All-female a cappella group Terpsichore from Boston University sings holiday music

Hundreds of children throughout Massachusetts participated in a coloring contest for a chance to have their design on May Institute holiday cards next year

Jenny Abarca of Face Paint Fantasy transforms faces with her excellent craftsmanship

Melissa Scarry, Admissions Coordinator for May Institute, smiles for the camera at Borders in Dedham

A dancer from the Dancing Arts Center of Holliston engages the crowd at Borders in Shrewsbury

Holiday drawing contest participant Katherine wishes everyone a "Merry Jazzmas"

Borders Corporate Sales Coordinator Sandy Thomas and May Institute's Vice President of Communications, Eileen Pollack

Ted Murphy, author of "Saving Santa's Seals," signs books after giving a reading

Classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan gives a concert in a Borders cafe

Children's musician, Fran Friedman, delights her audience with sing-alongs

A girl enjoys a pony ride from local favorite Paul's Pony Parties

May Institute employee Karyn Vostok braves the cold to hand out flyers to people passing by

Jared Starr, interactive storyteller, has a captive audience

Children enjoying Jared Starr's interactive storytelling