DRACUT -- Having grown up in the town that has made charitable giving an art form through its annual, four-night Dracut Scholarship Telethon on DATV, among other ways, Scott Grimes probably doesn't surprise his fans when he continues to give back to his hometown.
But what does stun School Committee members is the total of $40,000 that the ER and American Dad star has managed to raise in only three concerts over 14 months to benefit the Dracut Public Schools.
Presenting a $7,000 check to the School Committee at this week's meeting on Monday on Grimes' behalf was Dracut firefighter Mark Morowski, who, along with co-chair Christi Enwright Guthrie, helped coordinate an appearance by Grimes and his musical partner, Bob Guiney, on Oct. 19 at Back to the Boathouse in Dracut.
Morowski informed the appreciative committee members, who voted unanimously to accept the donation, that Grimes wished for the latest donation to be spent specifically on the district's special-education programs.
Morowski also credited Guthrie, the owner of Lily Mack Farm, for being the "driving force" behind the Grimes & Guiney Boathouse event.
Special education is dear to the hearts of Christi and her husband, Ryan Guthrie, as they are parents of three, including 1-year-old Michael Guthrie, who has Down syndrome and has served as a poster child for the International Down Syndrome Coalition.
As reported in a Huffington Post article about Grimes' latest Dracut show, "a particular highlight" of the night was Grimes singing "Good Night," accompanied on stage by his former music teacher, Robin Mallory, who played a "hauntingly beautiful violin," the reviewer stated.
(A YouTube video of the Grimes/Mallory duet can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_Frega_Edk.)
Morowski reminded the School Committee that on two previous occasions, Grimes returned to stage musical performances at Lowell Memorial Auditorium and the Lo Kai Chinese Restaurant in Dracut (his favorite) that raised a total of $33,000 to benefit the Dracut Public Schools' fine and performing arts.
The donation helped to partially counteract drastic budget cuts made to those programs.
"Over 14 months, Scott's come in three times and raised over $40,000 for the schools," Morowski told the committee.
"Maybe we can shoot off a letter to him for that."
School Committee members agreed to compose a letter commending Grimes for his benevolent actions on behalf of his hometown.
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