Getting soaked for worthy Shrewsbury causes

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By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Participating in the second annual Shrewsbury Soak are public schools representatives: (l to r) Kathleen Keohane, development and volunteer activities coordinator; Steve Rocco, safety, security and transportation coordinator; and Assistant Superintendent Amy Clouter. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Participating in the second annual Shrewsbury Soak are public schools representatives: (l to r) Kathleen Keohane, development and volunteer activities coordinator; Steve Rocco, safety, security and transportation coordinator; and Assistant Superintendent Amy Clouter.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Shrewsbury – Morning rain showers and afternoon drizzle stopped in time on Sept. 13 for the evening’s second annual Shrewsbury Soak fundraiser on the Town Hall lawn.

Getting soaked with buckets of water in exchange for monetary donations to several worthy causes were first responders, town and school officials, along with young athletes and coaches. This year’s benefitting organizations were the town’s Council on Aging, Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library, Little League Baseball & Softball, Parks and Recreation, and St. Anne’s Human Services.

The fundraising douse was spearheaded by Shrewsbury resident and volunteer Donnie Green, a longtime supporter of the town’s schools and community sports organizations. After seeing a similar fundraiser reported on WCVB-TV’s “Chronicle,” he decided to contact community leaders last year and launch the event locally. Green was among participants offering to get drenched at least twice this year.

Additional funds were raised with a 50/50 cash raffle and drawing for a SELCO gift bag. Refreshments were donated by the Shrewsbury 7-Eleven, A.J. Tomaiolo’s Restaurant, Dean Park Pizza, Hickey’s Wine & Spirits, Lakeside Bar & Grille, Paquette’s Farm & Deli, and Napoli Italian Deli & Catering. Papa’s Hardware provided the buckets.

 

A drenched Superintendent Dr. Joseph Sawyer confers with event organizer Donnie Green. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
A drenched Superintendent Dr. Joseph Sawyer confers with event organizer Donnie Green.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Town Manager Kevin Mizikar opts to get soaked with a barrel of water. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Town Manager Kevin Mizikar opts to get soaked with a barrel of water.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Parks and Recreation Director Angela Snell and Little League coach John Biscotti get soaked. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Parks and Recreation Director Angela Snell and Little League coach John Biscotti get soaked.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Little League President Dave Walker offers to get soaked a second time.  Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Little League President Dave Walker offers to get soaked a second time.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Event organizer Donnie Green gets soaked with nip bottles of water. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Event organizer Donnie Green gets soaked with nip bottles of water.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.