SAUGUS — One family will be decking the halls of Fuddruckers to raise money for the American Cancer Society this weekend.
Guy Moley of Lynn and his family created the Mom’s Cancer Fighting Angels team in honor of his mother, Irene Comeau, who died a decade ago from esophageal cancer. Each year, they raise money for the American Cancer Society and honor Comeau’s memory through a series of fundraisers, which ultimately led to the Relay for Life.
During the Relay for Life event, participants join a fundraising team and camp out overnight at the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School in Wakefield. For 24 hours, a member of each team continuously runs around a track to symbolize that cancer never sleeps. They raise money through events leading up to the relay.
The Moley and Comeau families began with one fundraiser at The Dockside Restaurant in Malden nine years ago. Their efforts later grew to include a car show at Fuddruckers that draws about 300 antique and classic cars and a long line of spectators. This event is the big money maker — it typically rakes in $2,000 to $3,000. This year, they added a touch-a-truck, which brought in about $1,000, and now they’re hoping to do the same with an ugly sweater dinner party in the spirit of Christmas.
“If it’s Christmas, we have it at the house,” said Brenda Moley, Guy’s wife. “I’m in charge of inside and (Guy) is in charge of outside.”
People stop to take pictures of the light display in front of their home, and Guy creates a second one at the Housing Authority to bring joy to other people’s lives, he said.
From 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Fuddruckers will donate 20 percent of sales to the family’s cause. Funds will also be raised through raffles with prizes including blankets, wreaths, and toys.
The Saugus High School Acapella Group and Harlor Lights Show Chorus will each perform and Santa will make his rounds from table to table.
There will also be a toy collection. Each item will be given to the Saugus Fire and Saugus Police Toy Drive to be distributed locally.
“It’s a joint fundraiser in the Christmas spirit,” said Guy Moley.
The team hopes to raise $1,000 through the event. Their overall goal for the year is to raise $7,000.