Archive 2008 - 2019

Meet Some of the Celebrate Holliston Sponsors: Part 2: Senate President, Karen Spilka

by Theresa Lamkin

Celebrate Holliston is proudly in its 27th year of celebration!  It is a completely volunteer based organization whose goal is to raise money for the town while promoting unity and town pride.  It is one of the longest standing, if not the longest standing, volunteer run events in town.  Celebrate Holliston also holds the huge responsibility of the town’s birthday parties.  We hosted the 275th with amazing fanfare and are planning equally large festivities for the 300th! 

We could never meet our goals without the support of our amazing sponsors!  Each year we put out a simple request to the community:  Who will give Celebrate Holliston financial support?  And through all types of economic conditions, the supporters turn out. 

This year, we would like to profile a few of those sponsors and let them explain to you, in their own words, why they chose to support our event and what Holliston means to them.

PLATINUM sponsor - Senate President, Karen Spilka

"I have the honor as serving as the State Senator for the 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk district, which includes Holliston, Ashland, Framingham, Franklin, Hopkinton, Medway and Natick. I have just begun my second year as President of the Senate and previously served as the Chair of Joint Committee on Ways and Means, the Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, the Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, among others. My previous careers as a social worker, mediator, and labor lawyer provide invaluable insight to my work on Beacon Hill."

"This is my second year sponsoring Celebrate Holliston, but I’ve been marching in the parade since 2005. I am sponsoring Celebrate Holliston because it’s a singular event which brings the community together in a unique way. Holliston is an incredible place, and I’m proud to support the people and institutions that call it home."

"Every year I’ve been to Celebrate Holliston I’ve tried to sample every entrant in the chili contest. Unfortunately, the chili is always too tasty, and by the end, I’m too full to try any more. I’m hoping this year will be different!"

"Holliston is an incredibly welcoming community, filled with history, culture, nature, and some of the most wonderful people in the Commonwealth. I’m a huge fan of the natural space the community has cultivated, from Stoddard Park and Lake Winthrop, to the Rail Trail, to Brentwood."


PLATINUM sponsor - Ahronian Landscaping 

Ahronian is a long standing and well-respected landscape and design company based in Holliston and owned by the Ahronian Family.  Mark and Linda Ahronian have been at the heart of Holliston’s volunteer and community support network for as long as anyone can remember. 

Here is a bit about their community involvement in their own words:

Ahronian Landscaping and Design is a landscape design installation company. We focus on plantings, walkup patios and stone walls.  We’ve been serving Holliston for 32 years.

We’ve been sponsoring Celebrate Holliston for over 10 years.  We feel that Celebrate Holliston is a good vehicle for getting community projects done.

Why do we love Holliston?  Holliston is a close-knit community of volunteers that care deeply about our town.