By TYGER ALLEN Save Sand Pond will host their second annual Funny4Funds comedy event at the Tri-City Elks Lodge on West Shore Road on Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. The $20 tickets will be raised to combat industrial construction around the pond. David
Save Sand Pond will host their second annual Funny4Funds comedy event at the Tri-City Elks Lodge on West Shore Road on Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. The $20 tickets will be raised to combat industrial construction around the pond. David Bouchard, who lives in the Sand Pond area, coordinates the event.
Last year, Ward 3 Councilman Tim Howe served as a sponsor with a donation of at least $100. A press release states Senator Mike McCaffrey and Representative Camille Vella-Wilkinson also supported the event in the past. For this year’s event, Bouchard said there are around 10 sponsors so far — a lot of which are local businesses. Last year, he said, the organization raised around $5,000.
The organization began about two and a half years ago, when a three-story, 630-unit self-storage facility was proposed at Pond Plaza. Aside from hindering the view of the pond, Bouchard said he is concerned about environmental damage.
“Our goal is to maintain Sand Pond,” Bouchard said. “It’s at the center of the neighborhood and we’d like to keep it like that.”
Bouchard said that because there isn’t a constant stream pushing water through, anything that goes into the pond doesn’t get flushed out easily. He wants to make sure people who visit the pond can enjoy what its clean water has to offer.
Bouchard said that their case against this development has gone to the Superior Court, resulting in mounting legal costs. The money made from ticket sales, sponsorships, donations and raffle prizes will go toward those costs.
Bouchard said something new for this year is signed sports memorabilia from the Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox up for auction. He said there would also be bids for hotel rooms in Orlando, Fla. and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Bouchard said that Save Sand Pond hopes to add the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) as sponsors this year.
“We would love to have the names of both local public safety unions side-by-side and front and center on our show banner and other promotional materials,” Bouchard said in a release.
The show is PG-13 but the organization is asking for attendees to be at least 18 years old.