Text and photos by Ron O’Clair
State Senator Mike Moore and Richard “Dick” Castle who was with the Air National Guard on Skyline Drive. I have known Dick since the days he was a customer of my Father’s Texaco Station of 544 Millbury St. – back when Jimmy Carter was President and there was the Fuel Embargo, with people only able to get gas on odd or even days, according to the last number on your license plate!
This photograph shows a lucky winner with three live lobsters from the Lobster Table. It was the only table I missed when I went out to get a smoke.
This photo shows the lucky winner (myself!), with a Budderball 13/19 bone in ham that I chose from the last table after missing my chances at the lobsters by going out to see if my friend Gary Osher needed anything. He was waiting in my rented 2016 Nissan Sentra. I rented it from Enterprise Rental because my 1991 antique Volkswagen Golf GL is on the fritz. Then: Someone hit and run the rented Nissan the night before! Parked in front of my house! Good thing I opted for the insurance, or I would be on the hook for $3,000 in damages on the rental.
This photo shows the last table that has my Butter Ball Ham on it.
This picture shows the Menard family and their five children. The kids benefit from the South Worcester Baseball League run by Tom L’Ecuyer and Bill Guinette out of Maloney’s Field on Cambridge Street. That’s what this meat raffle was for – to help pay for uniforms, equipment, snacks, etc for the teams – comprised of South Worcester kids.
There was a good turnout. The 50/50 raffle paid the winner $224. So that was another $224 that went directly to the South Worcester Baseball League!
The tickets I bought amounted to $20 – out of pocket, for a good cause, at 6 tickets for $5. For each table I was there for including the 50/50 raffle.
I did alright winning the ham, and had I won the 50/50 raffle, I would have donated the proceeds to the baseball league! It is a very worthwhile thing to support our youth sports programs here in the City of Worcester!