Lawrence Police Detective Dean Murphy is preparing to run his 14th Boston Marathon overall and second benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.
Community members can show their support by attending a fundraiser on Friday, April 7, 7 to 11 p.m., at Relief's In located at 1 Market St., Lawrence. Tickets at the door cost $20 for the event featuring music, drinks, and raffle prizes including Boston Celtics tickets, golf clubs valued at $800, a baseball autographed by Hall of Famer Jim Rice, footballs autographed by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater, and running back free agent LeGarrette Blount, numerous gift baskets, and gift certificates.
Proceeds benefit Murphy's fundraising goal of $15,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, which provides critical programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and community involvement for more than 4,400 youth members.
Murphy 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 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 Katie Ciciarelli, is $30,000. 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 http://bit.ly/2jRAKNW.
Alumni of the Club include the Mayors of Lawrence and Methuen, the President of Merrimack College, the Director of the Lawrence Housing Authority and the CEO of Pebble Beach.