, Newburyport, MA

September 20, 2013

Youth team rebuilding after money was stolen

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

It is very unfortunate that a wanted man can still live a nice comfortable life abroad and be able to brag on Facebook about it. After reading Monday’s article in regard to accused embezzler James Potenza and how he stole $80,000 from the Pentucket Youth Football program, we felt compelled to write on how the program is doing.

Thanks to the wonderful work of Scott Brennan and a whole team of coaches and volunteers, the program has been on a great track of rebuilding the last few years. The theft left the program many years behind in terms of equipment and needed supplies for the children who play football. The youth league has slowly been able to replace outdated equipment and this year embarked on a fundraising effort.

As part of that drive, the group is holding its first fundraising event tomorrow at Veasey Park in Groveland. It is a Casino Night where attendees will have the opportunity to play their favorite casino games — Texas Hold’ Em, blackjack and roulette with “funny money.” The top three winners are eligible for great prizes including Patriots tickets, Celtics tickets and golf for four. There is a cash bar, light hors d’oeuvres and raffles for many other great prizes. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Please contact Anna Marie at or Tanya at for tickets.

Obviously the children are the ones who suffered the most, but throughout it all their spirit and enthusiasm lives. We are hopeful that at some point Mr. Potenza will be brought to justice and the league can leapfrog ahead to make sure the youths who participate in Pentucket football will be well equipped and able to stay safe for many years to come.

Anna Marie Beech and Tanya Vecchi

West Newbury