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Merrimack Valley

May 5, 2013

Bird, bird's the word; annoying song makes money for One Fund

A look at how the Merrimack Valley is helping out the One Fund


Peyton’s dad, Paul — a veteran of about 25 past marathons, though not this year — accompanied the students on their four-hour run.

The Andover Rotary Club and Phillips Academy faculty and students all contributed to the fund-raiser.

The student runners also left a giant poster signed by 500 Phillips faculty and students at Copley Square in Boston, at the finish line where a makeshift shrine was created in memory of the three people who died in the Boston Marathon bombings and the MIT police officer was shot to death three nights later by the bombing suspects. The poster included the initials of the dead victims.

Cottage helps out

Methuen’s Collie Ryan set out with to raise $10,000 for the One Fund, by donating 100% of food sales at Irish Cottage one day (including his cost of the food).

Lawrence firefighters and teachers unite

John McCarthy, a teacher at the Oliver School in Lawrence, was inspired by a personal experience to get involved in fund-raising activities for the Boston Marathon victims. He finished just ahead of the bombings.

McCarthy shared his plans with fellow Oliver teacher Maureen Santiago and her husband, Lawrence firefighter Hector Santiago. The result: The Lawrence Teachers Union, Lawrence Firefighters Union Local 146 and Lawrence Firefighters Relief’s In held a special fund-raiser Friday night at the Relief’s In at 1 Market St., Lawrence.

“John spearheaded this whole fund-raiser and we donated the hall and jumped in to help him,” said Hector Santiago, who is treasurer of the firefighters union.

“We’re shooting for $15,000,” Santiago said of the fund-raising goal.

Admission tickets sold for $20 and the event included entertainment, raffles and a cash bar. Commonwealth Motors agreed to match whatever was raised through ticket sales. Boston pride T-shirts, which are being specially made for the event, were also be sold. All proceeds will benefit marathon victims and their families.

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