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Peter Pan Bus Lines: Making a Difference in Our Communities

Peter Pan and the Picknelly family have had a long tradition of community service and philanthropic generosity dating back three generations.

Peter and Melissa are continuing that tradition by establishing the Peter and Melissa Picknelly Charitable Fund, supporting a wide range of causes ranging from shelters for battered women and the homeless … to the United Way, the arts and many other civic causes. Both the Peter and Melissa Picknelly Charitable Fund and the Peter Pan Group of Companies are committed to improving the communities they serve.


The Friendiversary event at The Eric Carle Museum

FriendiversaryWe are so grateful for your team’s support and dedication through this event . The day was truly a celebration of friendship and reading, and we were so thrilled you could be a part of it.  Your dispatchers and drivers were excellent in their communication.

Peter Pan Aids “Ride To Remember Charity Bike Ride”

Springfield Police DepartmentWe want to express our deepest gratitude for your donation to the Springfield Police Department “Ride to Remember Charity Bike Ride.”  

With sincere gratitude,
John Delaney
Mike Goggin

United Way of Pioneer Valley & Peter Pan Team Up for Fourth Annual Stuff The Bus Program

School Supply Drive to Benefit Children in Agawam, Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield and West Springfield

4th Annual Stuff The Bus ProgramPIONEER VALLEY, Mass., July 10, 2013 – United Way of Pioneer Valley and Peter Pan Bus Lines will launch the fourth annual Stuff the Bus campaign on Saturday, July 13, 2013. The campaign, co-chaired by Peter A. and Melissa Picknelly, will run July 13 – August 3 and will solicit donations for new school supplies to be distributed to children in Agawam, Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and West Springfield that are homeless.
“Many children in our community facing homelessness do not have the basic things they need to go back to school,” said Dora D. Robinson, president and CEO of United Way of Pioneer Valley. “And we are thrilled to partner with Peter Pan Bus Lines to make sure each child has the tools necessary to start the year ready to learn.”

“All of us at Peter Pan are pleased to participate in this important campaign … let’s make sure all of our children have the necessary supplies to besuccessful in school,” said Peter A. Picknelly, Chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines.

This year UWPV has already obtained brand new backpacks and will be collecting new supplies only. The Holyoke Mall will host almost all of this year’s collections. Individuals are encouraged to donate the following age-appropriate supplies. Financial contributions are also welcome and will be used to purchase additional backpacks and supplies as needed. Contributions may be made online on the Stuff the Bus link at www.uwpv.org.

Supplies Needed:
Pens, Pencils, Crayons, Pencil Boxes, Glue Sticks, Pocket Folders, Highlighters, Notebooks, Reusable Water Bottles, Markers, Rulers, 3-Ring Binders, Lined Paper and Individual Tissue Packs.

Collection Sites and Dates:
Each site will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 13, 2013 Holyoke Mall (Inside the mall in front of the Target Entrance)
Saturday, July 20, 2013 Holyoke Mall (Inside the mall in front of the Target Entrance)
Saturday, July 20, 2013 Staples Parking Lot, Memorial Drive in Chicopee
Saturday, July 27, 2013 Holyoke Mall (Inside the mall in front of the Target Entrance)
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 Holyoke Mall (Inside the mall in front of the Target Entrance)

The Holyoke Mall will accept donations throughout the month of July at the customer service desk.

For more information and for drop off locations as they become available, visit the Stuff the Bus page at www.uwpv.org, www.peterpanbus.com or call United Way of Pioneer Valley at (413) 737-2691. For a printable flyer with complete information, click here.

Link to LibrariesFor nearly five years, Link to Libraries has been driven by our mission to promote literacy and open the doors of opportunity for children of our community through the magic of books. We are proud to report that working together with community partners like you has resulted in the donation of over 180,000 books to school libraries, nonprofit organizations and homeless shelters. Thanks to your generous contributions, we have been able to put beautiful, high quality books directly into the hands of hundreds and hundreds of children, sparking their enthusiasm for literacy and literature and fueling their desire to learn.

The overwhelming success of our many programs could not have been possible without your investment. On behalf of the Board and volunteers of Link to Libraries, we extend to you our deepest gratitude.

The NetworkThe Network Against Domestic Abuse would like to extend our sincere thanks for your donation.  Since October 2012 we have provided educational services, counseling support, shelter and court victim advocacy to over 1,844 individuals in our six towns.  All of our services remain free.  So, as you can see, we are very busy in our communities helping people and keeping them safe.  Thanks once again – you do make a difference!

Springfield Boys & Girls ClubThank you for your support and generosity; it truly makes a difference in our kids’ lives.  Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting our Kids ‘N Summer Fun Program which will serve a hundred of our most deserving inner city youth.  We speak for them when we say Thanks!  We are proud to be one of the few organizations that are able to keep our doors open during the summer months, providing a fun and safe environment for our community’s kids.

United Church of ChristOn behalf of the members of First Congregational Church, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for your donation to our Craft Fair Raffle.  Your donation was a wonderful enticement to the many individuals who purchased tickets.  We have encouraged all of our friends, members, and those who came to the Craft Fair to patronize your business and services.

Mental Health AssociationOn behalf of the Mental Health Association, thank you for your donation of a raffle prize that will help us meet our fundraising goal.  We truly appreciate your commitment to the participants who receive services and support from the Mental Health Association.

Springfield Jewish Community CenterOn behalf of the Springfield Jewish Community Center, we want to thank you for your support of our Annual Auction.  The JCC provides services to all segments of our community; senior, adult, teenage and childhood education programming, recreational classes, lectures, trips, child care, or a place for any individual or family to come and feel like they belong.  Thank you again for your generous support. 

Special Olympics MassachusettsI would like to thank you for your generous donation to Special Olympics Massachusetts!  Special Olympics Massachusetts is proud to offer the benefits of athletic training and competition to our athletes and coaches at no cost to them or their family.  Over 12,000 athletes, under the direction and assistance of over 13,000 volunteers, will compete this year due to the generosity and commitment of people like you.  Thank you again for all that you have done to support Special Olympics Massachusetts and for making a difference in the lives of our athletes.

Mont Marie Health Care CenterAll of us at Mont Marie are most grateful for your support of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.  Mont Marie Health Care Center is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.  By helping us achieve our goals, you assure that daily life for residents and staff continues to move safely and efficiently throughout the Health Care Center.  The proceeds will be used to further expand the implementation of the soon-to-be required electronic records system as well as toward the completion of a sprinkler project.  Thank you again.  You will be remembered in the prayers of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and the residents of the Health Care Center.

Baystate Children's HospitalOn behalf of the many patients and families at Baystate Children’s Hospital, thank you for your support.  As the only accredited children’s hospital in our region, Baystate Children’s Hospital provides a comprehensive range of primary care … from sore throats and stitches to pediatric oncology and cardiac services – Baystate Children’s Hospital treats more than 40,000 children each year.  Funds raised will continue supporting the patient care, equipment needs and pediatric programs provided through Baystate Children’s Hospital.  Again, thank you for your generous support.

The Children's Study HomeWe greatly appreciate the support of Peter Pan Bus Lines; thank you very much for your donation to our raffle.  As one of the oldest human service organizations in Massachusetts, we are passionate about caring for and improving the lives of at-risk children, youth and families through high quality educational, residential and family services.  This year, the money raised will support our educational initiatives as well as improving existing programs.  We greatly appreciate your generosity and your continued support to The Children’s Study Home and those we serve.

Rebuilding Springfield

Dear Mr. Picknelly,

What an amazing day! About 1,000 hardworking volunteers packed Tyler Street on April 27 to help give 25 homes a facelift at the Green-N-Fit Rebuild. Thanks to you, more than 70 sponsors and donors, and 1,000 volunteers, we were able to rebuild the homes of 25 families, all on one block, in one day!

On behalf of the Springfield affiliate of Rebuilding Together, I would like to express our gratitude to you and Peter Pan Bus Lines for providing the Bus Shuttle Service to volunteer parking lots. We greatly appreciate your provision of this much-needed service to us on April 27! We would also like to thank Karol Birdsall, who donated her time to drive the bus for the day.

Because of you, 25 Tyler Street families have safe, energy-efficient homes on a clean, beautifully landscaped street. You helped rebuild a sense of community and civic pride in a downtrodden neighborhood. You reminded everyone in Springfield and beyond of the power of good people who are willing to help their neighbors. Thank you for your support, because it means so much!

In the past year, Rebuilding Together completed 71 other home repair, modification and rehabilitation projects, continuing our pursuit to assure warm, safe homes for people in need in the City of Springfield. With the support of generous donors like you, families with children, elderly citizens, military veterans and disabled homeowners have a place to turn to when home repairs are out of reach.





Colleen Loveless
Executive Director

Peter Pan Joins Thousands In Cheering Huskies

The UConn Huskies racked up their 8th Women’s NCAA Final Four college basketball championship on Tuesday, April 9th, besting Louisville 93 to 60. When the team returned to the Storrs campus the next day, Peter Pan’s Double Decker Coach was front and center among more than 2000 fans who celebrated on the plaza in front of the Gampel Pavilion. In this photo from the AP’s Jessica Hill, UConn’s Stefanie Dolson proudly raises this year’s trophy.


Peter Pan joins all of New England in congratulating the Huskies on another great season.

Red Sox Fans Join Peter Pan Sports On Opening Day

For Red Sox fans, nothing compares to being at the ballpark for the home opener. And for scores of the Fenway Faithful, Monday, April 8th was no exception. More than 50 local fans climbed aboard the Peter Pan Sports motorcoach to watch the home team notch a 3 to 1 victory over the Baltmore Orioles.

The Republican newspaper’s Patrick Johnson reported on the excursion, interviewing several fans who sang the praises of taking Peter Pan to the park. “You can relax on the bus,” said Enfield’s John Unghire. “You don’t have to worry about driving back afterward.” And of course, taking the bus means not dealing with game day traffic in The Hub. What’s more, as reporter Johnson noted, the ticket package through Peter Pan Sports is less than the cost of purchasing a ticket, paying for gas and paying for parking. It all adds up to an enjoyable, carefree day on Yawkey Way.

To read the full story of the opening day journey to Fenway Park on the MassLive website, click here.

Peter Pan Transports Putnam Basketball Team To Victory

It was a historic victory 75 years in the making! The Putnam Vocational High School Boys Basketball team won the Massachusetts Division I Boys Basketball State Championship for the first time in the school’s 75 year history. Peter Pan Bus Lines was pleased to transport the team to and from the the big game at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Under the guidance of coach William Shepard, the boys achieved a dramatic 50 – 48 overtime win against Eastern Massachusetts champions Mansfield. “We’re bringing this back to Springfield,” said the coach. “As a city, we can build on this to continue to do good things for Springfield.”

Doing good things for Springfield has been an 80 year tradition at Peter Pan Bus Lines. Peter Pan was proud to be there for Putnam as they accomplished this momentous achievement for the school and for the city

Picknelly Charitable Foundation and Peter Pan take part in Valley Gives

Valley GivesValley Gives is a one-of-a-kind celebration of generosity for Western Massachusetts.  Residents from Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties came together on 12-12-12 for a special online campaign event in which people made a donation to their local non-profit of choice. The 24-hour philanthropic fund-raising campaign was able to get very close to their $1 million goal by raising a total of $974,737.  The success of this campaign will allow hundreds of nonprofits in Western Massachusetts to benefit and will have a positive impact on the members of our community.

Valley Gives, online giving campaign, is a partnership led by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.  The Peter and Melissa Picknelly Charitable Foundation donated $7,500 to the Valley Gives campaign efforts.  Peter Pan was able to give back by helping to promote the 12-12-12 Valley Gives day on their social media pages as well as on their electronic highway billboard.  Valley Gives staff helped spread the word throughout the pioneer valley yesterday while traveling on our Peter Pan VIP bus.  Congratulations to the team at Valley Gives on their successful efforts in raising money that will assist non-profits throughout the area. 

Peter Pan Supports JUNTOS Adult Basic Education Collaborative

I would like to express my sincere appreciation on behalf of the HALO Program and its students for your generous donation to Link to Libraries.

As you know we are an Adult Education Program located on the third floor in the Picknelly Education Center in Holyoke. Susan Jaye-Kaplan and Link to Libraries have provided us with enough books to stock a small library at our program. This is an invaluable resource for the students. We encourage our adult students to read and to further strengthen their skills and family bonding by reading with their children.

For the most part our students do not have the means to purchase reading materials on their own. Without donations such as yours we would be unable to provide books for our students and their families.

Thank you again for your support in encouraging literacy to families in Holyoke.

Martha Owen
Director Family/Adult Education Programs
JUNTOS Adult Basic Education Collaborative

Peter Pan Transports UMass President on Statewide Tour

UMass President Robert CaretUniversity of Massachusetts President Robert Caret launches his second annual statewide tour of the UMass five-campus system this week. And once again this year, Peter Pan Bus Lines is proud to have been chosen to transport the President aboard our luxury VIP Coach. We’ll be taking the esteemed educator on a journey of more than 500 miles that begins in Springfield. The tour will include stops in Worcester, Lowell, Gloucester, Boston, Dartmouth, Fall River, New Bedford and Barnstable, among others.

President Caret’s mission is to assess and promote the University of Massachusetts system’s impact and influence on the state. And Peter Pan Bus Lines is proud to lend a hand in that important undertaking.