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Fundraiser on April 13 to Benefit Lawrence Police Detective Running Boston Marathon for BGCL

March 26, 2018

Lawrence Police Detective Dean Murphy is preparing to run his 15th Boston Marathon overall and third benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

Community members may show their support by attending a fundraiser on Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Relief's In located at 1 Market St. in Lawrence. Tickets at the door cost $20 for the event featuring music, refreshments, a 50/50 raffle and raffle prizes such as sports memorabilia, gift baskets and gift certificates.

Proceeds benefit Murphy's fundraising goal of $13,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, which provides critical programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles and community involvement for more than 4,000 youth members.

Murphy, a club alumnus, is running to give back for the life lessons he learned through participating in the basketball team and after-school reading program. In his roles as a police detective and father of two boys, he feels strongly about connecting with the youth of the city.

"Helping the people of Lawrence is my job, but I want to go the next step and show the boys and girls at the club that I choose to put in all the training hours and long (sometimes painful) runs for them," he said. "I'm not doing it to be recognized, or for accolades, but because they deserve that commitment. It sets an example that hard work pays off, and if you put your mind to it and stay determined, you can accomplish whatever you want."

The total fundraising goal of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Boston Marathon team, which also includes NAI Hunneman Vice President Michael Allen, is $26,000. The two guaranteed entries were awarded as part of John Hancock's Non-Profit Marathon Program.

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Did You Know?

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Alumni Association seeks to offer mentoring, financial and volunteer support to the Club.