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Ready to 'kick up your heels' again

Dinner fundraiser benefits Langlois Memorial Foundation

April 01, 2016
SPENCER — Now that it's officially springtime, residents are once again invited to replace their boots with dancing shoes in support of the Kaitlyn Langlois Memorial Foundation.

Kick Up Your Heels for Kaitlyn's Kids, a night of dinner and dancing, will take place on Saturday, April 23, at Spencer Country Inn. Cocktail hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment. The cost is $40 per person, and guests will also enjoy music and a raffle.

Proceeds each year enable the foundation to carry on Kaitlyn's legacy by assisting the families of local children with cancer and other illnesses. Organizers know they can count on the strong support of residents and business owners every year.

"Our friends and sponsors are always very generous. We have a lot of friends and local people who come out every year," said Kathy Langlois, Kaitlyn's mother.

This is the third year the dinner dance has been held. Previously, an annual soccer tournament helped raise funds in Kaitlyn's memory, and support has remained strong even after the transition. For the Langlois family, who saw Kaitlyn courageously battle cancer for more than three years, helping families in similar situations has become their mission.

But they wouldn't be able to do it without support from the community. Thanks to fundraisers like the dinner dance, the Langlois family is able to assist families in a number of ways throughout the year. During the Christmas season, for example, the family provides money to parents with children fighting cancer at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

"It's especially challenging around the holidays for families with a sick child. You want to make that time special for your child, but a lot of families are down on income," said Kathy Langlois, who has seen many families struggle with financial hardships when their children were sick. "There are a lot of costs, and we want to help them any way we can."

In addition to assisting area families, the Kaitlyn Langlois Memorial Foundation also reserves a portion of its proceeds for an annual scholarship. Given each year to a David Prouty High School senior who wants to make a difference in the lives of others, the scholarship is awarded by the Langlois family on Class Day.

All seniors are encouraged to apply for the scholarship; applications must be received by April 25. Previous scholarship winners included Casey Lacaire (2015); Rachel Clogston (2014); Ashley O'Hara (2013) Kelsey Mitchell (2012); Ryan Ostrout (2011); and Gina Lebeau (2010).

Meanwhile, residents and sponsors are gearing up for the dinner dance. Tickets are available by calling 508-885-9371, or by sending an email to Kathy@kicksforkaitlyn.com. Advanced reservations are required; no tickets will be sold at the door.

The Langlois family thanked several individuals and businesses for their continued support, including Laura Tatro, of LT Designz, as well as Liz Saunders, who provides centerpieces each year. Additionally, Barnes Portrait Design attends the event every spring and provides all guests with a free photograph.

The foundation is always seeking new sponsors. For more information on how you can help, or to learn more about the scholarship awarded in Kaitlyn's memory, visit www.kicksforkaitlyn.com.

Kevin Flanders can be reached at 508-909-4140, or by email at kflanders@stonebridgepress.com.

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