Smiling Kids

Kids are near and dear to our hearts. Smiling Kids, Inc was founded in 2003 to fill a simple need, something everyone should be able to experience as a kid, the excitement and thrill of receiving a special gift on their birthday.

Behind the Smiles

Karen Sommers, Co-Founder

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Karen’s and her husband, Bob, started Smiling Kids Inc. in 2003. For over 10 years the charity has aligned with social service organizations throughout Massachusetts to provide birthday presents to a children who may otherwise not have an opportunity to experience a simple gift on their special day.

Outside of their involvement with Smiling Kids, Karen and Bob started City Wide Maintenance of Boston, a commercial building management company www.gocitywideboston.com.

Karen graduated from Boston University in 1989 with a B.S. in Mass Communications/PR. She lives in Southborough, MA with her husband and three children.

Bob Sommers, Co-Founder

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Bob and his wife , Karen, started Smiling Kids Inc. in 2003.   For over 10 years the charity has aligned with social service organizations throughout Massachusetts to provide birthday presents to a children who may otherwise not have an opportunity to experience a simple gift on their special day.

Outside of their involvement with Smiling Kids, Karen and Bob started City Wide Maintenance of Boston, a commercial building management company www.gocitywideboston.com.

Bob is a 1990 graduate of Hamilton College with a BA in Psychology and a 1995 graduate from Babson College Olin School of Management with a MBA in Marketing. Bob is also an active father of three and resides in Southborough, MA his wife, and Smiling Kids co-founder Karen.

 

ElizabethElizabeth Masterson, Executive Director

Elizabeth first became aware of Smiling Kids when her son attended a friend’s “Party with a Purpose” birthday party.  In lieu of gifts from party goers the birthday child requested donations be made to Smiling Kids.  Moved by this gesture, Elizabeth and her son hosted their own  “Party with a Purpose” when he turned five.  Elizabeth is now happy to be working with Smiling Kids to ensure that children in need continue to receive birthday presents on their special day.  In addition to her responsibilities with Smiling Kids Elizabeth is also actively involved with Southborough Organization for Schools, the Southborough Education Foundation and a member of School Council.  She also spent 14 years in Boston radio as a Director of New Business Development.

Elizabeth is a 1991 graduate of Marist College and lives in Southborough with her husband and two children.

Donna Freeman – Board Member

Donna is a Vice President and Senior Business Analyst at Loomis Sayles & Company, L.P.  She has been involved with Smiling Kids for more than 8 years and remembers how she was immediately “hooked” when she first met Karen and Bob Sommers and learned about Smiling Kids and their simple mission – every kid has a birthday and deserves a present.  She has served on the board of the Southborough Youth Commission and previously held several roles in the Southborough Organization for Schools.  Donna is a 1986 graduate of Providence College and lives in Southborough with her husband and two children.

Sheila Gaffey – Board Member

Sheila has been involved with Smiling Kids Inc. since our inception in 2003. She has been involved in various capacities, from organizing and managing fundraising events to handling accounting and compliance functions.  In addition to her duties with Smiling Kids,  Sheila is also the Office and Finance Manager for City Wide Maintenance of Boston.   Sheila is a 2003 graduate of Clark University with a BA in Psychology and Spanish and resides in Shrewsbury MA with her husband and two young daughters.