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Bingo on January 30 to Benefit Lawrence Police Detective Running Boston Marathon for BGCL

January 28, 2016

As a veteran marathoner, Lawrence Police Detective Dean Murphy already had a bib number for the 2016 Boston Marathon - but turned it down to join the fundraising team for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

Community members can show their support at bingo on Saturday, January 30 at 4 p.m. at Relief's In located at 1 Market St., Lawrence. Admission at the door is free, with half of the proceeds benefiting Murphy's goal of raising $10,000 for the club's 3,800 youth members.

Murphy, a Lawrence native who now lives in Marlborough, was a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence in the fifth and sixth grades. His most vivid memories are playing on the basketball team and participating in the after-school reading program for the prize of a pair of sneakers (which, regretfully, he did not win). In his roles as a police detective and father of two boys, he feels strongly about connecting with the youth of the city.

"In today's world, establishing and maintaining a positive relationship between the police and youth is crucial and has the ability to make a life-changing impact on individual lives," Murphy said. "I just hope kids know that as a police officer, I want to go above and beyond to help them in their lives, and maybe inspire others in the community to get involved as well. The smallest amount of help could make an important difference."

The total fundraising goal of the BGCL Boston Marathon team, which also includes Haverhill native Renee Robertson, is $20,000. The two guaranteed entries were awarded as part of John Hancock's Non-Profit Marathon Program.

For more information and to donate to the BGCL Boston Marathon team, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/lawrenceboysgirlsclubboston2016/fundraiser/lawrenceboysclub.

 

Did You Know?

Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence attend professional sports games throughout the year thanks to the generosity of individuals and corporations in the community.