2014-03-21 / Front Page

A pot of gold for Jonathan Roberge

STORY BY
CHERYL CUDDAHY


Mike Cooley hands over $2,200 to John Roberge as a donation from the St. Patrick’s Day Party to benefit the Johnny Ro Veterans Memorial Park. Photography courtesy of Mrs. Cooley Mike Cooley hands over $2,200 to John Roberge as a donation from the St. Patrick’s Day Party to benefit the Johnny Ro Veterans Memorial Park. Photography courtesy of Mrs. Cooley The “Shamrock’s Pot Of Gold” fundraising group ~ founded by Mike Cooley ~ recently held a St Patrick’s Day Party to benefit the Johnny Ro Veterans Memorial Park. The park is currently in construction in Leominster in honor of fallen soldier, Jonathan Roberge and other Veterans. The fundraising group formed three years ago to help support Leominster-based charities, and each year Cooley will host four St. Patrick’s Day parties, because “everyone needs to be Irish more than once a year,” he proudly says.

This year’s party ~ held at the Columbia Tavern ~ was a huge success, raising over $2,400 through donations, raffles and a handmade picnic table that was signed by the entire Roberge family.

“I strongly believe that our Veterans must be remembered and supported every day and hope more people will step forward and make a donation towards the Johnny Ro Veterans Memorial Park,” stated Cooley. “This was the best part of the evening, handing over $2,200 to John Roberge as a donation from the good people who joined us to help support the park. I’d like to thank the Roberge family for sharing their son’s memory with the community and may God bless the defenders of our great nation,” concluded Cooley.

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