SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Sheriff Nick Cocchi held his annual cookout fundraiser Wednesday in Springfield.
Governor Charlie Baker, along with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito stopped by the event on Wednesday. This was a fundraiser that’s all about socializing and enjoying other people’s company.
A $50 ticket for the event bought a full day of festivities, including lunch, dinner, drinks, games, and live music. Before the cookout, they held the annual golf tournament at Franconia Golf Course and Veterans Golf Course. Dinner and festivities continue until 7 p.m.
After the pandemic cancelled last year’s event, Sheriff Cocchi was excited to be able to bring together the local community with state leaders, so they get a sense of what this area has accomplished, and the things that need work.
“But what does this event really mean? It’s about bringing Boston to western Massachusetts, the governor, lieutenant governor, our federal delegation, bringing them to mingle with the great people of western Massachusetts,” said Sheriff Nick Cocchi.
Sheriff Nick Cocchi formally announced his re-election campaign to serve a second term as Hampden County Sheriff, “I got to be honest. I’m very excited to kick off our re-election campaign, it’s been an absolute honor over the past four years to serve as the Sheriff of Hampden County. I look forward to continuing to do that with the goodwill of the people.”
Cocchi hopes he and his team will be able to turn around more inmates’ lives by having them frequently engage with the community. He said the best part of this fundraiser is hearing from families of incarcerated individuals, on where they are at now.