Melissa Lizardi from the March of Dimes accepts a $1,800 check from American Legion Post 124 Post Family of Officers on Friday, March 31st, 2017. Pictured left to right: Ted Gage, JVC, Cindy Lacoste, Post Commander, Gene Theroux, PC, Commander S.A.L. Sq 124, Melissa Lizardi, Mo Spradlin, PC, and Martin Christian, Post 124 Senor Vice Commander.
This traditional Benefit Dinner started in 1947 by a group of WW II Post 124 veterans to combat the dreaded polio disease and we're proud to say that Post 124 is the longest American Legion consecutive fundraiser for the March of Dimes in the country.
The original Post members, Westfield Veterans, who started our tradition 69 years ago, were Anthony Parenzo, Alfred Calagari, George Hickson, John “Tux” Murphy and Joseph “Nookie” Calagari. Their legacy is now carried on by the Post 124 American Legion Family to help the March of Dimes in its new fight to provide care for premature babies and help families deliver healthier, happy children.