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Jacobbe BenefitBy Susan Bush
12:00AM / Thursday, February 02, 2006
North Adams - A child's questions and concerns about a schoolmate was the catalyst for a fundraiser aimed at assisting the family of 7-year-old Caleb Jacobbe.
|Jeffrey Levanos has organized a fundraiser to benefit the family of 7-year-old Caleb Jacobbe.|
Caleb, the son of John and Tammy Jacobbe, was diagnosed early in 2005 with a rare form of cancer. Caleb has undergone a kidney removal surgery and is undergoing cancer treatment. He is a second-grade student at the Clarksburg Elementary School, the same school attended by Jeffrey Levanos' son. Joseph Levanos is in the fourth grade and the class has sponsored some fundraisers for the Jacobbe family.
Joseph Levanos had questions about Caleb's situation, and a family discussion was initiated, Jeffrey Levanos said. The conversation turned to ways that people could help Caleb and his family, and Jeffrey Levanos, who owns Jack's Hot Dogs on Eagle Street, devised a plan to raise money for the Jacobbe family.
Levanos is offering chances on a $500 gift certificate redeemable at the popular eatery. Tickets are being sold for $10 each, and a limit of 500 tickets will be sold, Levanos said. The goal is to sell all 500 tickets and donate $5000 to the Caleb Jacobbe Fund, Levanos said.
"My son came home and we were discussing this as a family," Levanos said. "We started discussing what we might do to help out, and this is something that we thought might go. It all came together from there."
Each ticket is printed with two numbers. Ticket holders must check the numbers printed on their ticket against the last three digits of the March 17 Massachusetts daily lottery number. The ticket holder with the matching three digits will win the gift certificate.
Only 500 of these tickets will be sold; the prize is a $500 Jack's Hot Dogs gift certificate.
The fundraiser will be publicized using posters that will be put up throughout area schools. Levanos first batch of tickets is almost sold out after only three days, he said.
"They are going quick, and faster than I can get them printed," he said. "People are taking 20, 30 tickets to sell. I am overjoyed to see this going so well so early into it."
Tickets are available at Jack's Hot Dogs and at Bona's Garage in Clarksburg.
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