Resource-Volunteer Fair in Winthrop a great success for community

Mayor Dan Rizzo addresses the crowd at the 2012 Resource-Volunteer Fair held on September 8 at Ingleside Park in Winthrop.

By Judie VanKooiman

Special to The Advocate


On Saturday, September 8, the Resource-Volunteer Fair was held at Ingleside Park in Winthrop.  Judie VanKooiman hosted this event in memory of her husband, “Van” Kenneth VanKooiman who lost his life to cancer five years ago.

Judie wanted to do something to help others going through difficult times so she is in the process of starting a non-profit “Those who can, for those in need”.  The category’s that will be covered are seniors, losing a loved one, children, low income and homeless issues.  Many organizations from the North Shore and Boston area came together to talk to the attendees what they had to offer.

Also at the event were children activities and live entertainment including Ellen O’Brien singing two of Judie’s husband’s favorite songs.

Also present were Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo, Town Council President Peter Gill and Mayor of Revere Dan Rizzo, who all spoke at the event.

Judie was thrilled she had such a positive feedback from the event.   And look forward to next year’s event.

If you would like more information on the event or would like to make a donation to the organization, please contact Judie at 617-462-5719.