On Saturday evening, March 6, at Carson Place, close to 500 people attended the annual South Boston Special Kids and Young Adults annual fundraiser. Richie “Fish” Adams was presented with the Sissy Devine Award for his involvement in the SBBK. Adams goes to all the SBBK Monday night meetings, bowls every Sunday with the kids, attends SBBK trips, and is loved by all the kids who “flock around him.”
SBBK volunteer Cheryl Flaherty greatly appreciated the support and generosity of all those who attended this fundraiser.
“Sissy was a volunteer herself,” Flaherty wrote. “And her family honors her memory by presenting the award to someone who gives tirelessly of their time and really enjoys the kids. The SBBK volunteers show up every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Senior House on H Street. We also run a bowling league every Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. at the South Boston Yacht Club. These kids are all so happy, loving and innocent.
“We also spend time playing games, having dances, watching movies, practicing for our talent show or just hanging out,” she added. “Our show … is April 16 at 3 p.m. at Carson Place. We take a trip to the East Hill Farm in Troy, N.H., in May of each year with the kids for two full days enjoying the farm and tons of activities.
“Money we receive from fundraisers such as this recent event organized by Robert Pacitti and Claire (Linehan) Miller,” she concluded, “help cover the costs of our New Hampshire trip. We greatly appreciate the generosity of the people of South Boston and beyond.”
Robert Pacitti and Claire Miller only want to help others, which is why they’ve spearheaded this annual fundraiser. And they’re modest to a fault.
“I got involved because of Harry Uhlman and the Sissy Devine award,” Pacitti said. “Claire and I just do a small part to help defray expenses of the SBBK. Cheryl Flaherty, Barbara O’Dwyer, Kelly Donovan, and a core of SBBK volunteers are the true heroes who deserve recognition.
“I would also like to mention that Edso Foley and Dodo Nee having been running an annual fundraiser for years,” he added. “The event just took place on Monday night, March 7 at Frog Pond. They raised over three grand. This money also goes to the SBBK. Edso and Dodo really deserve to be recognized for their unselfish deeds.”