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Four Fathers collecting toys for holiday concert

The Four Fathers — Marc Mero, Hal Mero, Tom Marnes and Deane Tremblay — will perform Saturday, Dec. 3, at Bowl Mart Lanes. The concert will be open to those who donate new, unwrapped toys to Bowl Mart prior to Friday, Dec. 2.

The Four Fathers — Marc Mero, Hal Mero, Tom Marnes and Deane Tremblay — will perform Saturday, Dec. 3, at Bowl Mart Lanes. The concert will be open to those who donate new, unwrapped toys to Bowl Mart prior to Friday, Dec. 2. Photo courtesy The Four Fathers

— The Four Fathers are at it again.

The local band — which consists of Marc Mero, Hal Mero, Tom Marnes and Deane Tremblay — is once again collecting new and unwrapped toys for “Toys for Kids,” a collection drive hosted by WPTZ Newschannel 5 and the local chapter of The Salvation Army.

“Each year, our band does a show strictly for this,” said Marc Mero. “We’re not your proverbial barroom band — we only play a handful of shows a year. This show is special for the kids.”

The Four Fathers get together each year for a concert at Bowl Mart Lanes to thank those who donated to the drive, with the hope they’ll collect even more toys than the year before, said Mero. And, so far, it’s working.

“We did very well last year with this drive,” said Mero, who noted past years have had an admission charge to also benefit Toys for Kids. “This year, all we’re asking is you bring in a new, unwrapped toy.”

The collection drive has already begun, said Mero, with donations needed prior to Friday, Dec. 2. Each toy will earn one ticket food for admission to the show, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 p.m. to midnight at

Bowl Mart Lanes, 277 U.S. Route 11. The maximum amount of tickets that will be given out to the show will be 200.

“We know these are hard times, with so many people out of work. That’s why this is so important,” said Mero, adding that’s also the reason for the admission charge being dropped for those who donate to the event.

“And, even if someone can’t make it to the show, they’re still more than welcome to drop off a toy,” he added.

For more information about the toy drive and the upcoming Four Fathers concert, contact Mero at 297-2433.

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