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April 19, 2013

Lawrence teachers, firefighters to hold fundraiser

LAWRENCE — City teachers and firefighters are teaming up to raise money for the Boston marathon victims and their families.

A fundraiser will be held on May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Relief’s In at 1 Market St., Lawrence. Admission will be $20 and the event will include entertainment, raffles and a cash bar. Boston pride T-shirts, which are being specially made for the event, will also be sold. All proceeds will benefit marathon victims and their families.

Three people, including an 8-year-old Boston boy, were killed and more than 180 people wounded during the bombings Monday at the marathon finish line. A federal investigation into the attack continues.

Oliver School teacher John McCarthy, who ran the marathon on Monday, is a driving force behind the fundraiser. He shared his plans with Maureen Santiago, a fellow Oliver teacher, and her husband Hector Santiago, a Lawrence firefighter..

“This is very sentimental to him seeing that he was a runner,” Hector Santiago said yesterday. “The plans are moving fast.”

Organizers are now seeking raffles prizes and donations. The event is sponsored by the Lawrence Teachers Union, Lawrence Firefighters Union Local 146 and Lawrence Firefighters Relief’s In.

“We will do whatever we can and raise whatever we can,” said Jim Driscoll, a Lawrence firefighter and Relief’s In manager.

The blasts Monday killed Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Campbell, 29, of Medford, and Lu Lingzi, a Boston University graduate student. More than 180 people were injured, many by shrapnel and other flying debris, and are being treated at Boston hospitals.

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