SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Brianna Fund held their 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. concert Saturday night.
Nearly 900 people gathered at Springfield’s Evangelical Covenant Church for song, dance, and to raise money for children with physical disabilities.
The Brianna Fund has been around since 1998. Brianna Johnson’s parents started the foundation to raise money for a wheelchair accessible van for their daughter. Every year since, they’ve selected another person with a physically disability, and raise money to help them move around more efficiently. Chairman Ronn Johnson told 22News, “We said look, we’ve had such success with this, lets make sure we keep this going and support other children with accessibility and mobility needs.”
The Brianna Fund selected Dominic Mondon-Poirier as their “Angel” of the year. He’s been a paraplegic since age five. Saturday night’s proceeds will go toward helping him with mobility and accessibility needs.
Dominic said, “I’d like to thank the Brianna Fund for giving me this opportunity because you know, this is a once in a lifetime thing, it means a whole lot to me.”
Dominic is a graduate of Central High School and currently attends Fitchburg State College.
In previous years, The Brianna Fund has raised money to help 45 physically disabled children by with their mobility needs.
To donate to the Brianna Fund, you can send tax-deductible donations to: Brianna Fund, P.O Box 1702, Springfield, MA, 01103-1702.