9/11 fundraiser for Veterans

The following is cross-posted from Jack Neary’s blog:

Wanted to let you know about an upcoming event. I’ve been playing in a September baseball game with a group of friends, many of them from Lowell’s Sacred Heart Parish, for 30 years. This year, the game falls on September 11, and we’d like to commemorate our 30th Anniversary by honoring the memory of the victims of 9/11, and our Veterans. Below is the event’s official letter. Hope you’ll consider helping out:

Dear Friends,

As you are aware, the tenth anniversary of the tragedy of September 11th is upon us. The City of Lowell and Community Teamwork, Inc. Senior Corps programs will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11th at a flag raising ceremony on Friday, September 9th. The observance recognizes the impact of terrorism on the surviving family members and friends of those who lost their lives or suffered otherwise on that day.

In addition, as a way of thanking those whose lives have been changed forever by the service they have given to our nation since that time, CTI’s Senior Corps programs are partnering with local Senior Centers to collect supplies that have been requested by local area veterans’ services. All items will be donated to benefit local veterans who are struggling.

To assist in this noble effort, a group of friends, many lifelong Lowellians and many from the former Sacred Heart Parish, are raising funds to support the CTI’s Senior Corps and our veterans. The interesting story about this group of friends is that for the past thirty years, they have gathered on the Sunday after Labor Day at ballparks across the City for a game of baseball. In fact, 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the game. Of course, the speed and level of play has diminished over the years but the spirit of the players has not. A pre-game ceremony is planned to honor our Veterans, and Micky Ward will throw out the first pitch.

It seems fitting that as a way to give back to their community, and to show their gratitude to local service men and women that the players dedicate this year’s game to the heroes who now need our support.

The players seek to raise $5000 to be donated to CTI’s Senior Corps to be used to purchase much needed items for veterans living in Lowell. The funds will be raised in a number of ways including donations from players, friends and families, and from sponsorships from local contributors.

We know that you share our commitment to the spirit, pride, selflessness, generosity, courage and service of the men and women of our military forces. We respectfully request that you consider participating in our efforts by contributing an affordable amount to help our seniors help our heroes.

Thank you in advance for your support and contribution. Click below. You’ll be taken to PayPal, where you can use your credit card to donate by entering an amount designated for “CYB.”


The Sacred Heart Church Yard Boys

6 Responses to 9/11 fundraiser for Veterans

  1. bill sheehan says:

    as a former sacred heart boy—could i have some more
    information on this event–where?? when?? , thank you.

  2. Jim Neary says:


    Thanks for your interest! The event takes place on September 11, 1PM at Shedd Park. There a number of fellow “Sacred Heart Boys” and friends will honor local veterans with a short ceremony (20-30 minutes) – culminating with Micky Ward throwing out the first pitch of our annual baseball game. We’re also raising funds for local veterans who need our help. Please, stop by the ceremony if you have a chance. You’re welcome to stay for the game but we’re mostly over fifty – I can’t promise much excitement.

    I grew up on Andrews Street and moved to London Street at 14. What part are the parish are you from?

    Jim Neary

  3. billy says:

    jim, raised on Otis St–sacred heart blood thru and thru, i remember your mother
    and brother jack—also your aunt–Sr ann tereaa, i am well over 50 so i dont think
    i will be playing ether.
    definatly will try and make—good job jim—somewhere Sr Gonzaga and Fr Randall
    are smiling. thanks jim,—whats your e-mail.

  4. John Quealey says:

    I will be at Shedd Park lived on Moore St. since Christmas of 1942.Lets all get behind the “church yard boys”

  5. Jim Neary says:

    John, Thanks for the encouragement and energy. If you have an opportunity, spread the word to the Sacred Heart Reunion guys.