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McCarthy holds first fundraiser

By Mathew Plamondon - Staff Writer | Oct 6, 2019

NASHUA – Coming together to celebrate the life of Brian McCarthy through the first fundraiser for the foundation in his name, members of the community and the Brian S. McCarthy Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, gathered at the Holiday Inn at 9 Northeastern Blvd. Saturday to raise money for the foundation’s scholarship program.

After 25 years of service on Nashua’s Board of Aldermen, McCarthy unexpectedly passed away at the age of 64 while in Foxboro for a Patriot’s game in November. At the time he was a the president of the Board of Aldermen who had worked diligently to better the city of Nashua.

Through his years of service, McCarthy was instrumental in the city’s acquisition of Pennichuck Water Works, the completion of two separate public High School’s and he served as the chairman on the High School building committee.

With his efforts in helping to build two different high schools, Kim McCarthy – Brian McCarthy’s daughter – said, he was dedicated to giving the Nashua students two equally beautiful, functional state of the art schools, which would help to help students find a love of life long learning.

“He believed in equal opportunity and advanced opportunity as well, he just was incredibly dedicated to those students having the best possible facilities,” she said, “and if it came at a little bit of an extra cost he was okay with that.”

“He wanted equality for both of the schools and all the students in them,” she added.

The evening was filled with entertainment provided by Kieran McNally as well as hors d’oeuvres provided by the holiday Inn, Killarney’s Irish Pub and the Bounty Bar – which the event took place in – as well as a cash bar.

The foundation auctioned off over 70 items from businesses and organizations including Scontsas, who provided a girls’ night package, Boston Billiards and Casino who donated a casino class package, and Gate City Monument that provided an engraved garden stone, as well as Nashua Dog Park who offered a one year membership, among others as well as items from private citizens hoping to help the foundation with the scholarships.

All the proceeds made throughout the evening went to the foundations’s scholarship fund which will be split into two separate scholarships, with one going to a student from Nashua High School North, and the other going to student at Nashua High School South.

The scholarships will be awarded to students enrolling into collegiate level science, technology, engineering or mathematics programs (S.T.E.M.) in their endeavors of higher education, which Kim McCarthy said was a tribute to not only his love of the Nashua School system, but those core topics her father enjoyed so thoroughly.

“My father was very much into the sciences, loved new technology, he was a software engineer, a mathematics major, very passionate about astronomy and physics and all kinds of extensive topics in that realm,” McCarthy said, “So, It seemed to be an appropriate and fitting tribute to him since he enjoyed sciences so much.”

Any one who wants to contribute to the scholarship fund who could not participate in the fundraiser can donate through their Big Bang Fundraising drive on the website -https://www.briansmccarthy-memorialfoundation.com/- which has been ongoing since it’s launch this summer.

With all the fundraising efforts, Kim McCarthy said the foundation will be giving out the scholarships for this year.

The event was hosted by the Holiday Inn., who also served as a sponsor alongside Alphagraphics, Killarney’s and Bellavance Beverage Co. as well as the Telegraph as the fundraiser’s media sponsor.

Mathew Plamondon can be reached at 594-1244 or mplamondon@nashuatelegraph.com, @telegraph_MatP.

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