Latham Volunteers and Donors Share Hope and Support at Recent Events

Latham Centers was blessed with an outpouring of  community support over recent days with three back to back events showcasing a shared commitment to the children and adults with complex special needs who call Latham home.

On Sunday, August 12th, ten dedicated amateur volunteer runners successfully ran in the 40th running of the Falmouth Road Race to benefit Latham Special Olympic programs. Despite challenging heat and humidity, the runners stood tall amongst 12,000 registered entrants. 

Of the ten individuals, five are Latham employees, another was a Latham student, and the remaining four were generous, community-minded Latham supporters. Together, they raised a combined $10,000 with many new Latham donors sponsoring their run on

Please join Latham in thanking and congratulating the members of Team Latham Ten. 

Pictured (top left) are Team Members Jeremiah Nickerson (l), Science Teacher at Latham School with Gerry Pouliot, Assistant Principal of Latham School, celebrating the completion of the race.

Next—on Monday afternoon August 13—Latham Centers officially dedicated the Tim Semple Memorial Playground on the campus of Latham School. Tim Semple worked for Latham Centers for 14 years until his death in 2010 and served as our much appreciated Maintenance Director for 11 of those years. During his tenure, Tim launched a vocational maintenance program for our students as they learned new skills working alongside his crew. Tim also played Santa Claus on campus for many years, bringing excitement and laughter as he entertained the children and handed out a special gift to each student.  Many members of the Semple family attended the playground dedication, funded by numerous generous foundations and private donor support.

Pictured are Chip Semple (right), brother of Tim Semple, helping to unveil the playground sign with Latham Centers Board Chair Kathryn Earle.

And finally, on Monday evening August 13, some 60 Latham supporters gathered at the Second Annual Donor Appreication Event sponsored by Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Attendees were welcomed by Robert R. Newman (pictured left), President of Corcoran Jennison Hospitality Company and General Manager of Ocean Edge and member of the Latham Centers Board of Directors. Keith W. Bradley of Chatham was also recognized for his ongoing service to the Latham board of directors and “pinned” as the newest member of the Latham Legacy Circle for planned gifts and bequests.

Latham ended its fiscal year on a positive note with an estimeated 20% increase in donor support over the previous fiscal year. For more information about Ways to Give to Latham and the Latham Legacy Circle
Click HERE.

Submitted by:
Gerry Desautels
Latham Centers VP of Development & Community Outreach

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