Members of the Dedham community and the Dedham Police Department will gather in March to honor the memory and support the family of Officer Michael J. McMillan, who passed away suddenly last summer.
A Dedham resident and police officer for nearly a decade, McMillan died unexpectedly on Aug. 10, 2013 at the age of 48. He is survived by his wife Kristin and five children, Matthew, Michaela, Thomas, Liam and Megan.
"It was such a sudden and devastating loss to the McMillan family and a huge loss to the department, too," Dedham Police Chief Michael D'Entremont said. "We want to show the kids that the community is behind them, and to recognize the kind of guy Mike was."
The McMillan Family Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, March 29 at Moseley's on the Charles from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets cost $25 per person, with all proceeds going directly to the McMillan Family.
"There's no fee to hold the event," D'Entremont said. "Which is a huge contribution. [Moseley's is] probably the largest venue in town, so we're hoping to have the place packed with people."
The event will feature light refreshments, a media slideshow presentation by Recreation Director Bob Stanley, and music courtesy of the Dedham Youth Commission's Robert Blaney, who will serve as DJ for the evening.
Organizers will also hold a raffle and silent auction, and will post prizes to the Dedham Police Department Facebook page as they are received. Supporters can also help by donating directly to the McMillan Family Fund and purchasing space in the fundraiser's event program, as well as purchasing stickers, wristbands and tee shirts bearing a special logo designed in honor of McMillan (see below for details on how to help).
"Any type of contribution as far as raffle prizes, donations, ticket sales, the ad book [are appreciated]," said Dedham Police Sgt. Michael Buckley, who added officers will also be out in the community asking for assistance to support the McMillan family.
Those interested in attending the event, Buckley added, should by their tickets early, as the event is expected to sell out quickly.
Ticket & Other Event Information
For more information on the McMillan Family Fundraiser or to purchase tickets, supporters can contact:
- Karen Camerano: 781-751-9325
- Margaret Figlioli: 781-751-9324
- Nancy Baker: 781-751-9102
- Gerri Kelly: 781-326-2037
Raffle & Silent Auction
To donate auction or raffle items, contact:
- Michael Buckley: 781-751-9315
- Robert Nedder: 781-751-9302
Businesses can help with the fundraiser by purchasing space in an event program book. The deadline for purchasing an ad in the program is March 1. Art work for the event program can be sent to Nancy Baker at email@example.com; Baker can be reached at 781-751-9102 for more information.
Sponsorships in the 5-inch by 7-inch program are as follows:
- Full Page: $200
- Half Page: $100
- Business Card: $50
- Sponsor Listing: $25
Other Ways to HelpMcMillan Children's Fund
Those who may not be able to attend the event or still wish to donate an additional amount to the family may do by making donations payable to:
McMillan Children's Fund
C/O Dedham Institute for Savings
55 Elm Street Dedham, MA 02026
Supporters can also visit the McMillan Children's Fund Facebook page, as well as the Remembering MM 209 Facebook page, for updates on fundraising efforts and support for the McMillan family.
"Any little that will help the McMillan family," Buckley said. "Not only is it a huge loss to lose Michael, but the financial burden, you can't fix it."
Stickers, Tee-Shirts and Wrist Bands
Residents, friends, family or other individuals wishing to support the McMillan family can purchase oval stickers and tee-shirts bearing a custom-designed logo in memory of McMillan. The items will be for sale at the Dedham Police Department.
The Dedham Police Department, in working with McMillan's family, ensured that McMillan's personality was prominently featured in the logo, which includes his badge number 209, as well as the black-and-gold color scheme, a nod to McMillan being an avid Boston Bruins fan, D'Entremont said.