Pettengill House fundraiser scheduled March 10

Courtesy photoLast year’s fundraiser for the Pettengill House raised $38,000. This year’s event is March 10 at Blue Ocean Music Hall.

SALISBURY — The Pettengill House hosts its annual fundraiser March 10, with music, dancing, food and an auction, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Blue Ocean Music Hall at Salisbury Beach.

“This is our sixth annual fundraiser, and it’s the biggest board-driven fundraising event Pettengill House has,” said Cathy Mamakos, who is cochairwoman, with Linda Young. “Last year we raised $38,000, and we’re looking to surpass that this year.”

The night also honors Billie McLane, a supporter of Pettengill House, who for years worked to ensure no one in need “falls through the cracks,” at Christmas time, Mamakos said.

The agency is fortunate to have the backing of its two state legislators, Mamakos said – state Rep. James Kelcourse, R-Amesbury, and Sen. Katie O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport.

“Pettengill House provides services to so many in our community through their programs supporting students and their families with counseling and crisis intervention, basic necessities for elders in need, and comprehensive substance abuse prevention education, in addition to a multi-faceted approach to intervention and recovery,” O’Connor Ives said. “I count Pettengill House as a truly valuable community partner dedicated to the well-being of our residents.”

To raise funds to underwrite those demands, the event gives people attending a chance to win tickets to Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots, Mamakos said, plus two concerts.

“We have tickets to Lady Gaga at Fenway Park and Rod Stewart and Cindi Lauper at the Xfinity Center at Mansfield,” she said, along with sports memorabilia, gift certificates, art work.

“There’s live music from two bands, and dancing and great food at buffet stations,” she said. “And the venue is just beautiful, right on the ocean. (Owner) Wayne Capolupo is one of our original supporters.”

The bands are the Thomas Machine Works Band and Higher Ground. They play classic rock and rock and roll, she said, great music for dancing.

The Institution for Savings and the Newburyport Five Center Savings Bank are the events two long-time major sponsors.

“We’re very please to support Pettengill House,” said Jan Morse, president of the Newburyport Five. “I think it’s an agency that strongly addresses the needs of our communities. They have a huge passion for what they do, and what they do is improve the quality of life for the people they serve.”

Kim Rock, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Institution for Savings, said the bank has sponsored this event from the beginning.

“We’re very proud to sponsor such an event for an agency that offers so much to the communities in this area,” Rock said.

Salisbury Director of Planning Lisa Pearson said Pettengill House is vital to the town’s transient residents and others. In any number of emergencies, she said, a call to Pettengill House gets results.

Tickets are $50 per person in advance and $60 at the door. Mamakos said tickets for the event can be purchased online at, as well as by calling 978-792-5205.

Angeljean Chiaramida can be reached at 978-961-3147, at, or follow her on Twitter @achiaramida1.

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