The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation got a boost last month thanks to the Golden Warriors. A group of 31 members of the Andover High School Interact Club, together with 12 members of the high school’s Red Cross Club, volunteered at the Feb. 27 Boston Celtics basketball game to raise money for the foundation.

The group sold 50/50 raffle tickets, with half of the $5,000 proceeds benefitting the Andover Special Olympics Basketball Team. It was the most money ever raised by a single group for this cause.

As a result of their hard work, the Rising Stars Andover Special Olympics Basketball Team will be able to pay for its gym time for two full years.

“I am so pleased that we were asked to participate,” Interact president and AHS senior Shannon Manuel said in a release. “And I am particularly proud that we raised a record amount of money for this worthy and exciting cause.”

Interact clubs are the high school affiliates of Rotary International. The clubs give students between the ages of 12 and 18 the opportunity to make a real difference in society, while having fun at the same time.

Andover Interact meets at least twice a month. It is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Andover. The club’s recent projects include a successful winter coat drive for Lazarus House shelter in Lawrence and support for the annual Feaster Five road race and Andover Coalition for Education’s Scarecrow Festival. The club also participated in Rotary International’s World Peace and Understanding Dinner.

The Rotary Club of Andover is a civic organization of men and women that meets Fridays at 7:30 a.m. at the Lanam Club, 260 North Main St., Andover. It welcomes prospective members.



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