Come Celebrate Community, Art and Opportunity for South Boston Youths

Artists for Humanity (AFH)

One of the most anticipated events in South Boston is the 6th Annual “Greatest Party on Earth,” a benefit hosted by the non-profit Artists for Humanity (AFH) at the organization’s phenomenal EpiCenter at 100 West 2nd Street. Starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday May 21st and ending at 1 a.m. on Sunday, the party features an exciting array of live entertainment, fine cuisine from Boston’s gourmet eateries and affordable art for sale.

The popular success of the event should be no surprise to anyone familiar with the organization. Since it was founded in 1991, AFH has delivered a highly innovative youth apprenticeship program that brings cultural enrichment and economic development to South Boston. The facility provides underserved youths with a safe environment for developing the skills they need to generate income and pursue successful careers in the creative arts. AFH apprenticeships include the following media:

  • Digital Media/Video
  • Graphic Design/Motion Graphics
  • Painting/Murals
  • Photography/Web Design
  • Screen Printing
  • Sculpture/Industrial Design
  • Web Design

One of the chief strengths of he AFH program its close ties with the Boston’s largest corporations. Much of the work created at the EpiCenter is the result of collaboration between the urban teens who participate in the program and their mentors, resulting in lucrative commissions, with half of proceeds going directly to the artists. Despite the economic downturn, the program generated over $800,000 is sales last year.

CBS video about Artists for Humanity (AFH)To purchase tickets and get details about the event, or to get more info about the organization, visit the AFH’s public website. You can also view an illuminating CBS News feature that profiles the AFH.


Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team

Join the Sunset Walk at Castle Island and Help Give Women a Hand Up

If you want to help empower disadvantaged women seeking employment, health and self-sufficiency, you’ve got to “walk the walk.” That is, to make a difference you’ve got to take action. And it’s easy to get involved. Just pledge your support for the 2011 Power Walk for Dress for Success.

Boston is celebrating this important annual event with a 5K sunset walk on Saturday May 7 at South Boston’s scenic Castle Island. By participating, you can play a vital role in the efforts of Dress for Success, an international organization that gives women the tools they need to advance themselves economically and achieve well being. The 2011 Power Walk will take place in more than 30 cities across the U.S. and around the globe to help raise funds to meet these ambitious goals. Since 1997, Dress for Success has served more than 550,000 women in over 100 cities around the world.

You don’t need to walk to support the cause. Just sponsor a walker or make a donation online. But if you enjoy exercise, magnificent views and the camaraderie of like-minded supporters, come join the walkers. Or if you’d prefer, simply show up to cheer them on. Registration begins at 4 pm and the walk starts at 5 pm, rain or shine. To sign up, make a pledge or get more info, click here. You can also find out more about the event by sending email Email me or by visiting the organization’s public website.

PS – If you come to the event in person, don’t forget to bring your camera. With the city and Boston Harbor in the background, there’s no place like Castle Island to view the sunset! And you can get to Castle Island easily by car or public transportation. Here are directions.

Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team

Who Will Help the Animal Survivors of Devastation in Japan?

Helping Animal Survivors in Japan

Among the thousands of traumatized survivors of the natural disasters that struck Japan last week are countless numbers of pets and wild animals. A host of international humanitarian organizations are mobilizing efforts to help deliver food, shelter and medical attention to the human victims of the events. But the animal population also needs help to avoid unnecessary death and suffering.

The plight of animals left homeless and injured by the disasters is brought to light in a video distributed widely on the Internet via and Yahoo! News. The stark imagery and commentary in Japanese, which is translated into English in text beneath the clip, captures heartbreaking suffering, as well as the inspiring courage of one dog protecting another that’s been injured.

Residents of South Boston want to know what they can do to help. In partnership with other businesses and animal lovers in the community, the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate team has launched a drive to provide assistance to animal victims of the disasters in Japan. The group has set up an account for donations at Mount Washington Bank. In addition, JLRE is offering storage and shipping for relief supplies such as food and bedding, and has pledged to donate 1% of its total commissions from April to the cause. For more information about how you can help, call 617.269.6400.