ELMSFORD, N.Y. – Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., founded by South Salem native Scott Vaccaro, has now helped raise more than a half-million dollars for the charity of a Lewisboro town employee.
Seeking to raise funds to help their son, Conner, now 8, Christopher Curran, a maintenance worker, and his wife, Jessica, launched Kindness over Muscular Dystrophy four years ago.
Since then, an annual gala hosted at Captain Lawrence’s Elmsford brewery has netted more than $500,000 to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In total during that time, the Currans have raised more than $800,000.
The latest event, held Saturday, June 8, raised $200,000. This year marked Conner’s first appearance at the event, making his entrance to the song, “Don’t Give Up on Me,” by Andy Grammer.
Although Conner struggles daily with Duchenne, his family said, “he has a positive attitude and shows tremendous courage in the face of many medical interventions.”
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a progressive muscle-wasting disease that primarily affects boys. Currently, most do not survive past early adulthood.
However, “scientists are on the cusp of actually finding a cure,” according to Kindness over Muscular Dystrophy. “Exciting new research and gene therapy clinical trials are currently being conducted that may change the course of this disease forever.”
Christopher and Jessica, saying they are in a “race against time” in their fundraising efforts, thanked everyone who has helped them achieve their advocacy and fundraising goals, particularly the communities of Ridgefield, Conn., where they live, and Westchester, where Christopher grew up.
All proceeds raised by Kindness over Muscular Dystrophy have gone to fund research and clinical trials. The Currans have partnered with Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, the largest charity focused on ending Duchenne.
The Currans are trying to raise even more money to hit the $1 million mark. To learn more about Duchenne or to contact them, visit kindnessovermd.org
The “gold sponsor” of the June 8 event was Saudi Petroleum International out of New York; and bronze sponsors were Fortis Lux Financial, Sports Tech Construction, Ack Beverage, Amy Mosley and Partners, LMS Entertainment and Melissa Barca, First Smiles Photos and Y Design.
The following restaurants and individuals provided food, beverages, entertainment and ambience: Ack Beverages, Boar’s Head, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., Chef Silvia, Chez Lenard Gourmet Hot Dogs, Crafty Fries, Eugene’s, Faith Bible Chapel, Lexington Square Café, Prime Taco, Pumphouse Wines, Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish, The Carriage House, The Cookery, The Rye Grill & Bar, The Whitlock, Think Visual NYC, Quaker Hill Tavern, Village Social and What’s Cooking.