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Share Some Laughs for Fitchburg Vets

August 3, 2018

Comedian Jerry Caruso will be the headliner Saturday night at the American Legion Post 429 on Daniels Street in Fitchburg. The post is in danger of closing due to a lack of funding. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE FILE PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

FITCHBURG -- They’ll be laughing Saturday night, but make no mistake -- it’s a serious situation for American Legion Post 429.

The post at 200 Daniels St., facing a budget deficit, hopes to raise enough money to keep the doors open.

“They don’t have enough money coming in to be able to keep it open, and if we don’t do anything, they could close as early as August,” said Veterans Services Commissioner Michele Marino.

Marino helped organize the fundraiser with Legion Post Commander Jack Walker and the Fitchburg Disabled American Veterans Chapter 30.

The Legion Post 429, which Marino said is the last remaining post with its own physical outpost in the city, is facing declining membership.

The Fitchburg DAV holds monthly meetings at the Legion Post, said the organization’s former commander, Tom Mailman.

“It is a sad situation, it’s hard for our post and Veterans of Foreign Wars to get membership, so this fundraiser will really help them out,” said Mailman.

The fundraiser will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, with the comedy beginning at 8 p.m.

Comedian Bob Sheehy will open the show before headliner Jerry Caruso, who performs in charity fundraisers across the region through his nonprofit, Comics for a Cure, takes the stage.

There will be a 50/50 raffle, and a fundraising auction where attendees may purchase tickets for the chance to win prizes. Light snacks will be served.

While the legion is normally open only to members and their guests, all are welcome to attend the fundraiser.

Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online at www.eventbright.com .

Few places remain where veterans can gather together, she said. The American Legion Post 10 meets at the South Fitchburg Social Club, said Marino.

Marino said the Legion Post is more than a place where veterans can order a drink and unwind. It’s a place for camaraderie, where all understand what it means to have served the country.

“I hope to see the community come and show its support so we can raise enough funds to keep the Legion open,” she said.

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