Mar 062014

Last Thursday’s fundraiser for the Blood Farm Employee’s Assistance fund exceeded all its goals and packed the house at the Gibbet Hill Barn, organizers said.

“We raised upward of $17,000 with more donations still coming in. We’ll probably end up north of $18,000, at least. There were more 300 people in attendance throughout the night,” according to Shelia Harrington, one of the event organizers and Groton’s State Representative.

Groton Selectman and fund organizer Jack Petropoulos was just as happy.

“I was overwhelmed with the response. Attendance beat all projections and the enthusiasm was amazing. The parking lot was filled to capacity and people actually parked at Lawrence Academy and walked across the dark busy street to be a part of it. Contributions by local business owners and performers, frequently at great cost to themselves, made this an exemplary community effort. More than anything, the appreciation shown by the Employees of Blood Farm has demonstrated that we have come together and done something truly good,” he said.

“These 20 or so employees will benefit from the money that was raised on Thursday and from the donations that continue to come in through the website and by mail. We will be able to help them to make ends meet as they look for other jobs, and hope for the day that they can return to work at Blood Farm,” he said.

The Groton Board of Trade canceled its usual monthly meeting, instead opting to attend the fundraiser as a group.

The Barn at the Gibbet Hill Grill hosted the event, provided a large selection of food from its renowned kitchen, and will be making a donation to the fund. Desserts came from other members of the Groton food and restaurant community : Bliss Bakery, The Blackbird Café, The Farm To Table Cafe at Groton Wellness, and The Main Street Café. Music was provided by the Groton-based Gary Wilson Blues Project. The Groton Line was the fundraiser’s media sponsor.

For more information on the effort, visit the Blood Farm Employee Assistance Group website at or its Facebook page at