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.

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, 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!

Friday, October 18, 2024

Kindness for Colleen Blood Drive

We invite you to spread kindness in memory of Colleen Ritzer by donating blood to pediatric patients receiving treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital. We are hosting their Bloodmobile at St. Augustine Church (43 Essex Street, Andover, MA) on Friday, October 18, 2024. One adult’s blood donation can support up to four young patients! They call it Giving Pints for Half-Pints. Click here to make an appointment. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2024

Kindness for Colleen

A few years ago, a good friend of Colleen’s started Kindness for Colleen – a campaign encouraging everyone to perform random acts of kindness in Colleen’s honor on October 22. These efforts include everything and anything from holding the door for someone to buying someone’s coffee, thanking all those who support you, teaching lessons of kindness in the classroom or simply just sharing a smile. We ask that you join us in this effort and share this with all those you know to allow Colleen’s legacy to continue to spread and impact students everywhere. You can share your acts of kindness on social media using #Kindness4Colleen.

Sunday, May 4, 2025

12th 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 sponsorships@colleenritzer.org