Saturday, November 18 through Saturday, December 2, 2023

Methuen Festival of Trees

A visit to the Methuen Festival of Trees is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! There you will find a beautiful teacher-themed tree, Colleen’s Christmas Lesson, donated by the Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Fund. Purchase raffle tickets there for a chance to take the tree home.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Konjoian's Greenhouses' Holiday Open House & Christmas Cactus Pickup

Kick off the holiday season from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 25th at Konjoian’s Greenhouses (225 Chandler Rd, Andover, MA). Shop from their wreaths, mixed greens, and trees to get your home ready for the holidays. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and a warm fire. You can also purchase some beautiful pink Colleen Ritzer Christmas Cactuses. These make fantastic gifts for teachers, neighbors, hostesses, etc.

Sunday, March 10-Saturday, April 27, 2024

Couch to 5K Training Program With Merrimack Valley Striders

The Merrimack Valley Striders running club is launching a free Couch to 5K training program to help walkers and runners prepare for spring and summer road races, including the annual Step Up for Colleen. The 8-week training program begins at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 10. Participants should meet at the Andover Town Offices park at 36 Bartlet Street, Andover. Each session will be led by volunteers with the Merrimack Valley Striders, a non-profit running club whose mission is to encourage running at all levels. Participants do not need to be a Striders’ member to participate, but all participants do need to register. Full details, schedule and registration is available on the MVS website.

Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28, 2024

Colleen Pink Daisies

Colleen pink daisies are now available for purchase! The daisies are grown locally at Konjoian’s Greenhouses in Andover, MA by Colleen’s dad and his friends. Proceeds from the sale of the daisies benefit charitable activities honoring Colleen’s legacy including the Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship. 

Sunday, May 5, 2024

11th Annual Step Up for Colleen 5K Walk/Run

Colleen’s friends and family created this walk/run to celebrate her life and her commitment to helping and inspiring others. Through the Step Up for Colleen Walk/Run, organizers and participants celebrate Colleen and the values by which she lived. Register as an individual, or start – or join – a team! Corporate sponsorships are available by contacting

Sunday, September 15, 2024

2nd Annual Pink Golf Ball Drop

We’re excited to announce the Pink Golf Ball Drop at Sarkisian Farms Driving Range will be returning for a second year! Check back this summer for more details.

Saturday, September 21, 2024

Andover Day

Stop by our booth at Andover Day on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for pink candy and a chance to win a fabulous prize!