Marshfield: Large Turnout at Cops for Kids with Cancer Fundraiser

Marshfield Cops for Kids

The Marshfield Police Department held its 4th Annual Cops for Kids with Cancer Fundraiser, with possibly the largest turnout to date.

The event was held at Haddad’s Ocean Café, with roughly 600 people in attendance.

“It’s something that’s very close to my heart, we started this four years ago,” said Susan Penney, an event organizer. “Never did I ever think that it would get to be as big as it is.”

Local families receive $5,000 for whatever they want to use it for.

“If it puts a smile on a child’s face or if it helps towards their medical bills, that is what makes it worth everything,” said Police Chief Phil Tavares.

The cause means a lot to Tom Grenham, a Retired State Police Lieutenant Colonel and now Director of Law Enforcement for the MSPCA. His now 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia when she was three.

“I just want to thank everyone from Marshfield and the surrounding communities who come and support us. We can’t do it without you,” said Grenham.  

“The real memories come after the event, when we go and present to a check to a family who really needs it. That’s what makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

Final numbers are being tallied, but Marshfield Police Chief Phil Tavares expects they will “far exceed” the $37,000 raised last year.

“I’d just really, really like to thank everybody in the community,” said Tavares. “All of the of the business leaders, all the people from different corporations that donated things – thank you so much for making tonight such a successful, wonderful night.”

Donations can be made at

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