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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Local family makes $2 million gift to playing fields


Needham residents and supermarket scions Bud and Eileen Roche have pledged to donate up to $2 million towards a project to completely refurbish town athletic fields at DeFazio and Memorial Parks.

The Roche family donation -- along with another $1 million raised privately over the next several months -- will allow the town to complete a major segment of the $5 million project, which includes the installation of new synthetic turf on both fields, relocating and rebuilding an eight-lane running track, and an improved drainage system, said James Healy, chair of the town’s Field Study Committee.

He said the gift was thought by Needham officials to be the largest private donation ever given to a civic cause.

``It’s hard for me to express my gratitude to the Roches for what they’ve done for Needham and what they are doing for the adults and kids who will be using these fields in the decades to come,’’ said Healy.

-- Erica Noonan

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