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Mink family on the mend, with a little help from their friends
Pete Fontaine
YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND: Chairpersons for the “Friends of the Mink Family” who worked tirelessly to put on last Friday’s event are, from left, Tracy Mink, Shannon Ruscito, Karen LaMountain and Deborah Drury-Houghton.

Deborah Ramos, president of the North Central Chamber of Commerce, took on a completely different role on Friday, Nov. 18.

Ramos assumed the role of friend for Ali and David Mink, her fellow Scituate residents who have survived three tragedies in the past year.

“I’m thrilled for Donna, David and Ali,” Ramos said. “This is an incredible … absolutely wonderful outpouring of a community’s love for a special family.”

Ali Mink underwent two operations for brain cancer and is now recovering. On the eve of her second operation, her dad, David, sustained massive injuries in a motorcycle accident and spent months in a Boston hospital. He too is recovering nicely.

To support these recovery efforts, Ramos and the “Friends of the Mink family” held a fundraiser last Friday evening at the Dillon Council, Knights of Columbus in North Providence to raise funds to offset their medical expenses.

“There are probably over 400 people here tonight,” said committee person Deborah Drury-Houghton. “This is unbelievable. There’s no place to park, there’s heavy traffic and we had to use both the bottom floor and this hall.”

Many gift baskets had been donated for a raffle.

“What a great show of community support,” Drury-Houghton said.

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