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  • John Voket Named A National Ambassador Of Hope

    John Voket was presented with a 2014 National Ambassador of Hope Award on October 15, during the monthly Hearts of Hope-Newtown painting party.

    Hearts of Hope (HOH) Founder and Executive Director Judy Pederson said Wednesday morning that “An Ambassador of Hope is awarded to someone who goes above and beyond in service to others.”

  • Newtown’s Hearts Of Hope Arrive In Boston

    Standing within the lobby of The Fairmont Crown Plaza Hotel, on the left are Newtown residents Michael Hadgraft and his father, Jeff. Fifth from right is Hearts of Hope Founder Judy Pederson; second from right and on the right are mother and daughter Kathleen and Rachel Cole, also from Newtown. Volunteers from New York Life Insurance, which had subsidized the costs for the majority of hearts that were painted in Newtown, joined the group on May 15.

  • With Painted Ceramic Hearts, Newtown Has An Opportunity To Pay It Forward

    Residents of all ages gathered in the hall at Newtown United Methodist Church on May 8 to paint ceramic hearts, part of the Hearts of Hope community support initiative. Newtown was introduced to Hearts of Hope in February, and now has a chance to pay it forward, sending hundreds of hand painted ceramic hearts with simple messages of caring to Boston.

  • Hearts Of Hope Spread Messages Of Love

    Among those who hung the colorful hearts for residents to find on Valentine's Day were Judy Pederson, the founder of Interregnum — the agency that established the community support initiative — pictured at Edmond Town Hall with Sue and Ryan Macheska of Montville, N. J.