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Malden Overcoming Addiction pays tribute to Dom DiSario

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Special to The Advocate

  The Malden community came together in grand fashion on Thursday night at the Irish American as Malden Overcoming Addiction (MOA) hosted its annual comedy night. This year’s event was held in memory of MOA Board Member/Treasurer the late Domenic DiSario. Dommie lost his battle with cancer nearly two years ago, but due to Covid the Malden community wasn’t able to properly give him the recognition and send-off he deserved. That all changed as more than 300 people jammed the gala event, a night filled with great food, good conversation, loads of raffle prizes and the best comedians around. Members of MOA and Club 24 filled several tables – all there to honor their friend Dom. Members of Dom’s family were in attendance as well.

  Dom’s memory was on everyone’s heart and in their words, with his brother Phil offering gratitude, encouragement and some closure to those in attendance. MOA President Paul Hammersley spoke emotionally about the impact Dom had on his own recovery and growth.

  While Dom lost his battle with cancer, he was victorious in his addiction battle. Dom always encouraged MOA to have people in recovery share their victories. Last night, three courageous speakers with affiliations to MOA and Club 24 offered their thanks and hope in telling their own personal story. Dom’s impact was evident.

  The night ended with raucous laughter, a good medicine for those in attendance. A big shout out to Malden’s own beloved comedian Dave Russo, who emceed the comedy portion.

  Malden Overcoming Addiction would like to thank all of the many guests, volunteers and business and nonprofit partners who supported us at the event. We couldn’t do it without you!

  If you or anyone you know would like more information about Malden Overcoming Addiction, please visit the website at https://www.maldenovercomingaddiction.com

A few members
A few members of the MOA team had some fun at the photo booth.
The line
The line waiting to get in for this year’s MOA Comedy Night Fundraiser was around the corner.
Phil DiSario and family are shown getting ready for the show.
MOA member Casey Doogs, MOA Board Members Dawn Zanazzo and Linda Cochran and MOA member Dawna Aiello
MOA Vice President
MOA Vice President Dana Brown addressed the crowd.
MOA President
MOA President Paul Hammersley gave an emotional speech about his dear friend Dom DiSario.
MOA Board Member
MOA member Casey Doogs, MOA Board Members Dawn Zanazzo and Linda Cochran and MOA member Dawna Aiello
Mayor Gary Christenson brought greetings from the City of Malden.
Malden Chief
Malden Chief of Police Kevin Molis said a few words to the crowd.
Pictured from left: Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Murphy, MOA President Paul Hammersley, Special Asst. to the Mayor Maria Luise and the Mayor’s Office Administrative Officer, Kathleen Manning Hall.
Dom_s brother
Dom’s brother Phil offered gratitude, encouragement and some closure to those in attendance.
Dom Disarios family enjoying the show
Dom DiSario’s family are shown enjoying the show.
Comedian Paul Gilligan brought the house down
Comedian Paul Gilligan brought the house down.
Comedian Dave Russo performing
Comedian Dave Russo performed.

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