VALLEY DISPATCH STAFF, DRACUT — The Dracut Lacrosse Association, which attracted nearly 40 boys and girls in its first season, is swinging back into action this fall with a fund-raiser comedy night on Nov. 10.
Comedian Paul Gilligan, along with two other comics, will perform at the American Legion, Route 113, from 7 to 11 p.m. Guests can enjoy coffee and pastries, a 50-50 raffle, as well as the chance to win Boston Bruins tickets, a Hickory Hill gift certificate good for a round of golf and a golf cart, and Manchester Monarchs tickets.
“It promises to be a great night out, a lot of fun,” said parent organizer Debbie Doucette.
Money raised will be funneled directly into the teams’ needs, expected to blossom in size again this year, although the bulk of this year’s funding will likely be assumed by Dracut High School, Doucette said. But the need is still there, she insisted.
“We don’t want to have to turn any kids away who are interested in playing,” she said. “I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if next school year we had enough to fill two teams, both a junior varsity and a varsity. These kids, they’re just so passionate about it. We expect quite a crowd.”
Until last season, Dracut lacked an outlet for high-schoolers interested in the venerable Native American sport. The town had a youth league for fifth- through eighth-graders, but nothing beyond. Despite the roughly $30,000 price tag at the outset, parents forged ahead to create a high school program, feverishly conducting fund-raisers and benefits to raise the money necessary to buy uniforms, pads, sticks and the coaching staff.
With news that the high school will take over the largest portion of funding, teams turned over their uniforms and equipment to the high school Athletic Department at the end of last season.
Tickets for the comedy night are $10 per person, or $80 for a table of 10. For more information, contact Debbie Doucette: 978-957-3926.
— CHRISTINE PHELAN