Add Branford to the list of communities inspired by young Matthew Jacques, the North Haven boy who passed away on Sept. 26 from complications following a heart transplant.
Former Branford football captain Justin Pelazza approached the Branford Gridiron Club, specifically Club president Chris Eadevito, prior to Matthew’s tragic passing asking to hold a fundraiser, with proceeds to benefit the Matthew Jacques Mission.
A donation box will be set up at the gate at Branford’s home game against Guilford on Friday. All funds raised during the game will be matched by the Branford Gridiron Club and they will present a check to the Mission during Branford’s home game with North Haven on Oct. 18.
Pelazza said he read about Matthew’s story last spring and felt moved to do something to help.
“I got in touch with (Eadevito) and said that we should do something, do our part,” Pelazza said. “The biggest thing is, obviously I don’t play high school football anymore, but I want them to see them do good in the community.”
Pelazza, who graduated from Branford this past spring, said he was involved with several community service projects while in high school.
Xavier raised $2,100 for the Mission earlier this season.
“I don’t know if we can raise that much, but maybe we can help this foundation and help a community that’s still mourning,” Pelazza said.