|The Emmett Larkin Memorial Fund
Emmett Larkin, more than anything else, could always be counted on the help. When there was a need, “EM” by coincidence, just happened to show up. If something needed to be fixed, or if someone needed a hand, he would be there, no questions asked. Family, friends, and the community all benefited from Em’s selfless commitment to helping others.
He was a tireless worker in the Attleboro Community, early on as an official of the Attleboro Youth Baseball Program and later with the Attleboro Recreation Commission. Em was also one of the regulars of the Ten Mile Cleanup crew, that called themselves the “River Rats” who would wade into the cold, murky water each spring for their annual cleanup. He was also the designated grille chef, donating his time at many of the City’s events, flipping burgers and hot dogs.
Above all else, Em was a strong advocate of those less fortunate, especially the youth of the community. He tried to make sure that those that needed help the most, did not go without. And it was that commitment and generosity that led to the forming of the Emmett Larkin Memorial Fund. After his death in January of 2011, there was such an outpouring of support among Emmett’s family, friends, and colleagues to keep his spirit alive, that the fund was established to help support the causes that were important to Em.
On April 16, 2011, the City of Attleboro honored Emmett by dedicating a field at the beautiful Poncin Hewitt Fields complex in his name.
The Emmett Larkin Memorial Fund, has an annual fund raiser each March, around St. Patrick’s Day (Emmett’s favorite holiday – he wore his Irish Heritage proudly). Since its inception, the Fund has supported dozens of community, recreation, and youth sports events, scholarships, charities, and for the 4th year in a row, the ELMF has donated 25 turkey dinners to needy families at Thanksgiving. 100% of the Funds received by the ELMF are put back into the community – all administration is volunteer.