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October 21, 2013

Fundraiser to help family buy wheelchair van


In addition to Dominick, Laura and Carlos Pacheco have three other sons, CJ, 9; Ramsey, 7; and Vincent, 6; and a 3-year-old foster child with autism.

The entire family will be at the fundraiser. There will be a DJ and a Spanish-American buffet, Laura Pacheco said. Attendees will be entered to win a door prize of $100 worth of scratch tickets.

Numerous local businesses have donated gift certificates, prizes and auction items.

Melanie McKinnon, founder of the Salem nonprofit It Starts With Me, hosted a pub crawl fundraiser for Dominick last week. Beth O’Grady of Salem’s Stephen O’Grady Foundation has also been “a huge help,” Pacheco said.

Laura and Carlos owned Salem Taxi before selling the business four years ago. They’ve lived in Salem since 1999 and previously lived in Peabody.

Laura grew up in Beverly; Carlos grew up in Peabody after coming to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic as a teenager.

Dominick attends the Kevin O’Grady School at the North Shore Educational Consortium in Beverly, while his brothers go to Witchcraft Heights Elementary in Salem.

Bethany Bray can be reached at and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

IF YOU GO Pacheco family fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 26, 6 to 10 p.m. Beverly Franco-American Club, 44 Park St. Tickets are $25 at the door Donations can also be sent to the "Friends and Family of Dominick Pacecho" fund at the Luso-American Credit Union, 37 Tremont St., Peabody, MA 01960; or online at

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