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Local CEO to Run Boston Marathon for MassBay Student Hunger Scholarship Fund

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Liz Cooper

Dana Ehrlich WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (October 6, 2021) — MassBay Community College will be cheering on Verde Farms Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Dana Ehrlich of Newton, MA, for the Boston Athletic Association’s 125th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, October 11, 2021. Ehrlich was awarded an invitational Boston Marathon entry by the Town of Wellesley, and will use funds raised for the MassBay Student Assistance Hunger Fund. This fund provides meal scholarships to MassBay students who face food insecurity.

Ehrlich, a first-time marathoner, will tackle the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston, crossing a huge item off his bucket list while raising money for something near and dear to his heart. “When I heard about the opportunity to run for MassBay, I jumped at the chance,” said Ehrlich.

“I grew up on the North Shore and have been watching the Marathon since I was a kid — I’ve always wanted to run it. When I learned about MassBay’s Student Assistance Hunger Fund, doing so became a new personal mission for a several reasons. The fund aligns with my company’s goal to provide healthy and sustainable food to people across the country, as well as with my volunteer work for Pine Street Inn for their meal assistance program. Everyone should have access to high-quality food,” he said.

“I also have a connection to MassBay though my wife Noemy, who took pre-requisite classes at the institution before earning her bachelor’s degree in nuclear medicine at Regis College.”
“I’m looking forward to crossing the finish line,” Ehrlich said. “My wife, kids, co-workers, and friends will be waiting for me along the course to cheer me on towards Boston. I’m excited to be a part of this word-class race that’s in my own backyard while at the same time, helping local students gain the access they deserve to nutritious food. It’s going to be an amazing experience.”

Based in Woburn, MA, Ehrlich’s company Verde Farms is the leading U.S. provider of Organic, 100% grass-fed, grass-finished, 100% pasture-raised beef, sourced from family farms globally. 

To support Dana’s $5,000 fundraising goal benefiting the MassBay Student Hunger Assistance Fund, visit:

MassBay Community College is the most affordable higher education option in MetroWest Boston, offering a robust portfolio of courses and more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs with flexible day, evening, and weekend classes in Ashland, Framingham, Wellesley Hills, and online. MassBay students receive an unmatched educational value by earning stackable credits that transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, and workforce-ready skills necessary to advance careers in high-demand fields such as health and life sciences, automotive technology, engineering, business, cybersecurity, and the humanities. MassBay’s Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) programs were both ranked as the #1 Nursing Program in Massachusetts in 2020-2021 by national nursing advocacy organizations, and Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and remains firmly committed to its mission of meeting the needs of the diverse local communities it serves. We value the intrinsic worth of all individuals, collectively in pursuit of inclusiveness and prioritize our work towards achieving equity within our community and beyond.

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