Sun Staff report
LOWELL -- Two big holiday fundraisers will be held this week -- 980 WCAP's Salvation Army Radiothon & Auction and state Rep. James Arciero's annual fundraiser.
Organizers behind the Salvation Army Radiothon hope to raise $200,000.
The annual fundraiser and auction benefiting the Greater Lowell Salvation Army will take place Saturday at the station located at 243 Central St., Lowell.
"The event, over the years, has attracted tremendous attention and it's really, more importantly, attracted the goodwill of literally dozens of people," said Warren Shaw, the longtime host of the Radiothon. "It's important that we do this because we are no longer just helping the Salvation Army. We've actually partnered with them in helping to provide services to families that come to the Salvation Army for help."
There will be an on-air auction of a large assortment of high-valued products that have been donated to the cause. Shaw said they include professional sports team tickets and vacation opportunities.
Something new organizers are excited about? An appearance by the 2018 World Series trophy.
"It really combines two things: It combines a love for the Red Sox and our ability to be for others, to help others. It's a win-win for everybody," said Captain Nicole Ross of the Salvation Army. "You get to know that you're doing good by donating to the Salvation Army and then you also get to see a trophy that, for some people, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Ross and her husband, Timothy, have taken over as captains of the Salvation Army in Lowell. They succeed Captains David and Stephanie Childs, who are now in Pennsylvania.
"We feel excited," said Timothy Ross, adding that the trophy will be in the building from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
He added that an online auction runs all this week through 1 p.m. Saturday at www.salvationarmyradiothon.com.
A major Sun Santa event, state Rep. James Arciero's annual fundraiser, is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 6.
Beginning at 6 p.m. at Westford's Franco-American Club, the event offers hundreds of raffle baskets, high school jazz bands performing holiday music and refreshments as part of an effort to raise money for the Sun Santa Fund and collect gifts for Toys for Tots.
"It's a signature event for the area that myself, my co-chair Nancy Cook and the Arciero elves look forward to each and every year," Arciero said. "This is the 8th year we've done it. Each and every year we've had it, we've grown in support and fundraising numbers."
Last year's event raised more than $20,000 for Sun Santa and close to $20,000 worth of toys for Toys for Tots, Arciero said.
Attendees are asked to make a minimum contribution of $25 to Sun Santa and bring one unwrapped gift.