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McCarthy’s memory lives on

NASHUA — Members of the Brian S. McCarthy Memorial Foundation will host their first event next week to raise money for a scholarship program.

“I was thinking about it the last few days and I realized we just established ourselves back in March, and now we’re holding our first major fundraising event,” McCarthy’s daughter Kim McCarthy said regarding the plans.

Brian McCarthy spent 25 years of his life serving as a member of Nashua’s Board of Aldermen, including five terms as board president. He died unexpectedly in November.

Kim McCarthy said organizing the event has been no small task, but is happy to have accomplished so much in just a matter of months. The foundation received its 501(c)(3) approval in August, and officials have been working on the event since July.

Kim McCarthy said she is excited for the event and that the night will be a good tribute to her dad.

The Brian S. McCarthy Memorial Foundation Fundraiser will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Bounty Lounge at the Holiday Inn, located at 9 Northeastern Blvd. She said the event will last until midnight.

All money raised will go toward the scholarship fund. This fund aims to provide scholarships to two Nashua students in the spring – one from Nashua High School North and another from Nashua High School South.

“Right now, our primary focus is going to be the scholarships,” McCarthy said.

The funds are scheduled to go to students who will be matriculating into a collegiate level STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degree program. However, the foundation also has other missions, such as offering clubs and organizations small grants for STEM based activities, and to annually recognize a member of the community for their commitment to STEM education and outreach as well.

Organizers created the foundation in the aftermath of Brian McCarthy’s death at age 64 in November.

He spent 25 years of his life serving as an alderman, including five terms as board president. During the decades of service to the city of Nashua, McCarthy served as chairman of the High School Building Committee, and also played a role in the city’s acquisition of Pennichuck Water Works. Additionally, he was instrumental in making sure the two high school projects were completed during the mid-2000s.

The event will feature hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, a silent auction and various raffle items, along with 50/50 raffles throughout the night. Additionally, entertainment will be provided by Kieran McNally.

There will be approximately 70 items available for silent auction and raffle prizes, which come from local businesses, organizations and people within the community that wanted to donate something.

“It’s definitely been a big undertaking and I’m just incredibly grateful for everyone that’s offered something to us,” McCarthy said.

The event is sponsored by the Holiday Inn, Killarney’s Irish Pub and Bellavance Beverage Co. The Telegraph is a media sponsor, while Alphagraphics and Bellavance provided printing services.

Tickets as well as more information can be found online at, https://www.briansmccarthy-memorialfoundation.com/.

Moreover, McCarthy also said tickets can be purchased the day of the event at Killarney’s Irish Pub, but RSVPs online are helpful.

Adam Urquhart may be contacted at 594-1206, or at aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.