As support and tributes for the family of fallen Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard continue to pour in from around Massachusetts, count the Dropkick Murphys among those helping out.
The popular Celtic punk band from Quincy is slated to play an acoustic set at a fundraiser for the Menard family Friday night at the Worcester Beer Garden & Pavilion, the venue announced Tuesday.
All proceeds from the event, which kicks off at 6 p.m., and a portion of the bar sales for the night will go to the family, according to a press release from the 64 Franklin St. beer garden.
The fundraiser, co-organized by the Greg Hill Foundation, will feature a “a short acoustic set” from the Dropkick Murphys. JAM Event DJ’s will also be performing and Worcester comedian Brian Glowacki will emcee, the release said.
“Our goal is to raise as much money as possible for the Menard family and support the family who just experienced this tragedy,” Alfredo Viera, of the Beer and Garden Pavilion, said in a statement. “We hope the local community will rally with us on Friday in support of our fallen hero. We thank the Greg Hill Foundation for being able to coordinate this effort with us.”
The fundraiser is already sold out, but those who want to donate to the cause can still do so online, organizers said.
“Local community members are also welcome to drop off any checks or cash donations for the family at the Beer Garden,” the release said.
Several local colleges and universities have also pledged support for the Menard family by offering Menard’s three children full scholarships if they are accepted to a program, MassLive reports.
The College of the Holy Cross, Clark University, Assumption College, Becker College, Worcester State University, Quinsigamond Community College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute — all in Worcester — and Anna Maria College in Paxton have all offered to waive undergraduate tuition if the children are accepted, according to the news website.
The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has also offered a fully-funded graduate degree at its Worcester campus, the outlet reports.
A funeral was held Monday for Menard, 39, who died on Nov. 13 after becoming trapped in a four-alarm fire. Officials said the nine-year Worcester Fire Department veteran helped bring two of his fellow firefighters to safety before his death.
Last week, the department announced it is accepting donations for Menard’s family through the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts Foundation. The New York-based Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation also said it would raise money to pay off the family’s mortgage.