Cook Family Charitable Fund Names Avery Executive Director

Filed Under: Non Profit News, Philanthropy

The Marshfield-based Cook Family Charitable Fund, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for families dealing with cancer, substance use and intellectual disabilities, has selected Trudy Avery of Sandwich as the organization’s new executive director.

 In this role, she will work with Cook Family Charitable Fund co-founder Peter Cook and the other team members to direct and support fundraising and community outreach activities, as well as oversee the day-to-day activities of the organization.

Avery joins the Cook Family Charitable Fund following a very successful fundraising career. Most recently, she was National Development Officer for the Wernersville, Penn.-based Caron Treatment Centers, developing a comprehensive action plan with the organization’s New England staff and overseeing all New England fundraising events, including their annual gala. She also developed an action plan with the New England staff, incorporating team efforts through alumni relations, student assistance programs, and business development branding and leadership.

Prior to Caron Treatment Centers, she was the director of advancement for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay. She is also the former director of annual giving for the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, former membership manager at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth and senior philanthropic officer at the UMass Dartmouth.

Avery earned a bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York Excelsior College, and a Certificate in Meeting Management from Bentley University.

She is active in a number of community organizations. She serves on the Massachusetts Organization of Addiction Recovery (MOAR) and the Bourne Substance Free Coalition. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Bourne/Sandwich, the Kiwanis Club of Sandwich, and the Philanthropy Partners of Cape Cod and the Islands.

The Cook Family Charitable Fund was established in 2006 by Peter A. Cook, Sr., and Peter A. Cook, Jr., with a goal of raising funds for families dealing with cancer, substance abuse and intellectual disabilities. Together with their friends and supporters, the fund has raised more than $1,500,000 for organizations and individuals, including Cape Cod Hospital, Cardinal Cushing Centers, Caron, Gavin House, Jordyn Cook Epilepsy Fund, and Work Inc. One of the Fund’s first initiatives was working with neurologist Elizabeth Thiele of Massachusetts General Hospital and raising $350,000 necessary to fund the site, “Growing Up with Epilepsy.”

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