DRACUT -- The Dracut Old Home Day Committee has awarded about $12,000 to local organizations from proceeds raised during the 18th annual Dracut Old Home Day.
"I wish it was more, but it's quite a bit more than we normally would give," said Dave Paquin, vice chairman and event coordinator of the Old Home Day Committee. "Old Home Day has become more successful, so financially we're able to give back to the town."
Old Home Day, considered to be the town's largest event, was held on Sept. 8 at the Englesby Elementary School along Lakeview Ave. Thousands attended this year and organizers were pleased with the turnout.
According to Paquin, this year's fund disbursements include: $2,000 to Catie's Closet to fund school clothing for students affected by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions; $3,000 for Christmas lighting at Varnum Park; $1,000 to the Dracut Food Pantry; $1,500 to the Dracut Council on Aging for the 2019 Memorial Day Parade, $300 to have a replica of the USS Constitution float in the parade, and $775 for the purchase of linen tablecloths to be used at various functions in the center.
COA Executive Director Bethany Loveless said some of the funds will go toward paying for a band to perform at next year's parade.
"We are extremely grateful," Loveless said of the Old Home Day Committee's support.
Loveless added that she and the senior center staff appreciate the work Old Home Day Committee members do to organize the event itself.
Mickey Cockrell, executive director of Catie's Closet, said the help from the committee came at a time when her organization really needed the support. She said the money received went toward the purchase of toiletries, underwear, and uniforms for mostly students in Lawrence.
"I would just say that we're so grateful for the Dracut community," Cockrell said.
As for the 19th Annual Dracut Old Home Day, it appears as though it's already on its way. The event's website lists the event as happening on Sept. 7, 2019.
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