Portsmouth party Saturday honors late Christopher Potts

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PORTSMOUTH — Families are invited to attend a free party on Saturday, Sept. 14, to honor the memory of Christopher Potts, a Tiverton resident killed in the line of duty in Iraq in 2004. It is from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Portuguese American Citizens Club, 34 Power St. There will be kids’ games, raffle items, food and more. Music is by Triple Threat.

The Army National Guard staff sergeant died on Oct. 3, 2004 (his 38th birthday), in Taji, Iraq while conducting traffic control operations. He left a wife and two sons behind.

For more information, or to donate money or items to be raffled off at the party, contact Ralph Craft at 297-6062 or craftyonecustoms@gmail.com. Donations also can be mailed to Riverside Marine, c/o SSG Christopher Potts Fishing Tournament, 211 Riverside Drive, Tiverton, RI 02878.

The party is the culmination of the week-long, eighth annual SSG Christopher Potts Fishing Tournament, which raises money for the Potts family.

"It's for the family," said Mr. Craft, the event coordinator. "There will be games for the kids, tons of raffle items, food and more. Music is by Triple Threat. They're a well-known band in this area and they basically donate their time.

"We celebrate life. Even if you don't fish and are not part of the actual tournament, you can come to this, bring the family, have fun and support the cause. It's a good time. It's one day that we forget about the bad and celebrate the good."

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