Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 17, 2013

Business Briefcase


Over the past two years, ALKU — formerly The Start Group — has raised $50,000 for Mass Mentoring Partnership, the umbrella organization for youth mentoring programs in Massachusetts.

The Rodman Ride is a 25-, 50- or 100-mile bike ride that takes place every September in Foxboro. This year, ALKU’s riding team consisted of 25 employees who participated in the noncompetitive ride.

The firm also pledged to match 10 percent of all donations collected and The Rodman Ride pledged to match 10% on top of that, meaning Mass Mentoring received 121% of all contributions raised by the ALKU team.

Wright-Pierce honored by water works group

Wright-Pierce, a New England-based civil and environmental engineering firm with an office on Shattuck Road in Andover, received the 2013 Sponsor of the Year Award from the New England Water Works Association, a nonprofit, professional organization.

The award recognizes Wright-Pierce’s “significant, long-term support of the association through the volunteer services of employees, participation in committees and programs, financial support of various activities, and major contributions to fundraisers.”

Wright-Pierce has been a service provider member of New England Water Works Association since 1977, and 15 employees are individual members, holding leadership positions and serving on key committees. Over the years, employees have helped organize member events; served as speakers and moderators at monthly meetings, conferences and professional development and training programs; and mentored young professionals. The company has also provided funding to support the association.


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