The Open Door’s annual Autumn Breakfast, hosted by Cruiseport Gloucester, was especially beautiful and meaningful this year as it is the organization’s 40th year serving the Cape Ann community. The maxim of the Open Door is ‘feeding people and changing lives,’ and the heart rending testimonial given by guest speaker Colleen Moceri spoke to just that as she shared her story of how her life has been deeply affected by the assistance she has received from executive director Julie LaFontaine and her kind hearted staff.

Sheree Zizak received a huge round of applause and standing ovation for her tremendous generosity and was presented the Unsung Hero Award. The Helen Muise Community Service Awards were given to Jeffrey and Nancy McKeen, Janice Nolte, and Chris Pitman. The Charlotte Pope Award was presented to Ben Steele, and the Outstanding Partner Award was given to Addison Gilbert Hospital.

If you would like to make a donation to this most worthy of organizations visit the

The Open Door’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is Saturday, November 17th, from 9am to 3pm. Items most needed are peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, healthy snack items, 100 percent juice and juice boxes, breakfast cereal, hearty soups, and caned fruits and veggies. Your food donations will be collected at Stop and Shop Gloucester,  Market Basket in Gloucester and Rowley, and Shaw’s on Eastern Avenue and in Ipswich.


The Open Door Autumn Breakfast

The Open Door Autumn Breakfast will be held on Thursday, October 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester. This celebration of community spirit kicks off the 2016 Thanksgiving Meal Basket and Food Drive season. Breakfast is free. Donations requested.

Reservations required by 10/21. Call 978-283-6776 ext. 209 or emailing

Can’t make it? Want to help? Donate online or find out more at

The mission of The Open Door is to alleviate the impact of hunger in our community. We use practical strategies to connect people to good food, to advocate on behalf of those in need, and to engage others in the work of building food security. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex, Ipswich, Topsfield, Boxford, Rowley, Hamilton, and Wenham. 12042662_10153068500796771_1199919748706488517_n

Our Joey Receives Community Builder Award!!!

Joey Ciaramitaro Receives Outstanding Community Builder Award

Highlights from this morning’s The Open Door Autumn Breakfast ~

Joey received the “Outstanding Community Builder Award”–so well-deserved, as anyone who is involved with GMG knows. His love for the people of Gloucester and for our community is evidenced a hundred times a day through his commitment to Good Morning Gloucester. We who are GMG contributors are blessed to share in his passion.

The Open Door Award Recipients

Nicole Duckworth and Family

Amanda Donovan

Joey and Mom ~ She’s so Proud!

Felicia, Joey, Pat, Sefatia,

Sista Felicia, Joey, Pat

Julia LaFontaine, The Open Door Executive Director and Senator Bruce Tarr

Ed Collard, Joey, and Pat

Open Door Autumn Breakfast Thursday October 25th


Breakfast is FREE. Donations accepted.

Thursday, October 25 Cruiseport Gloucester

6 Rowe Square

7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

RSVP by Monday, October 22

978-283-6776 ext. 205
Register to reserve a seat

Founders’ Award

Leslie Pearlman

Helen Muise

Community Service Award

Bruce Gordon

Sharon Muddiman

Unsung Hero

Val Gilman and Jared Gilman

Lisa Reis

Outstanding Community Builder

Joey Ciaramitaro
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