TOWNSEND — Over the past 31 years, the Landi family has been busy fundraising.
They and their friends have been in walks, run lemonade stands and tried many ways of raising money to benefit the Massachusetts and Rhode Island branches of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
A fundraising walk has been a given in the family’s calendar since Jim Landi was born. He was diagnosed with CF shortly after birth.
They formed the Tiger Team to raise money year-round with funds raised donated to the foundation through Great Strides, the yearly fundraising walk
But who said that fundraising has to be serious?
The third annual Halloween Bash to Smash CF! promises to be a great night out.
“This one’s a lot of fun,” said Mary Landi, of Townsend, Jim’s mother.
“Being in costume, I think it’s easier for people to get out on the dance floor,” Landi said.
Two years ago, at the Townsend Veterans of Foreign War Post, 100 people came to party and support the cause.
“That was a little tight,” Landi said.
Last year, 110 attended the event at the Townsend Ridge Country Club.
Team Tiger is hoping for even more people at this year’s adult activity. “People contact us,” she said. “They’ve seen the write-up in the paper.”
Disc jockey Mike Morgan will lead the festivities.
“We like to have a lot of upbeat dance music,” Landi said.
Raffles will be held during the event with tickets on sale during the bash. “We generally have donations from local businesses,” she said.
Appetizers, coffee and cupcakes will be served and a cash bar will be open. “There’s really plenty of food,” Landi said.
Team Tiger’s fundraising has grown over the last three decades. Jim’s friends and their children help with events.
His nieces ran a lemonade stand in Townsend the past couple of years. A paint night in Fitchburg is a popular fundraiser. “That’s always a lot fun,” Landi said.
Cystic fibrosis affects mostly the respiratory and digestive systems. Some folks have milder cases, Landi said. The current life expectancy is about 38 years.
“The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the best in terms of bang for your buck,” she said. “They invest wisely in the various drug companies and it really has paid off.”
“Things are definitely getting better in terms of research and medication,” she said. For example, a new medicine has done wonders for a very small percentage of the cystic fibrosis population.
The Third Annual Halloween Bash to Smash CF! will be held at the Townsend Ridge Country Club on Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
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