Northampton fundraiser featuring Monte Belmonte seeks $100,000 for cancer support

Tuesday, March 08, 2016
NORTHAMPTON — Once again, radio personality Monte Belmonte is camping out on the Old Courthouse lawn to raise money for the Cancer Connection. Last year, the effort raised $65,000 for the Florence nonprofit, which provides support to people with cancer and their families. This year, the goal is $100,000.

Belmonte will begin broadcasting from the lawn at 6 a.m. Tuesday, and stay with a group of campers until they meet the goal.

Local musicians are scheduled to perform throughout the day Tuesday and Wednesday. Many will perform David Bowie songs — a tribute to the pop icon, who had liver cancer and died in January.

Radio station WHMP will host a bone marrow donor event from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, where people under 45 can get cheek swabs and join a donor registry.

This year marks the 10th campout of its kind, and it could be the last.

“If the goal is reached quickly, Monte will assume this is still an event people feel strongly about supporting,” a WRSI 93.9 The River press release stated. “If he and his group of nearly 20 campers languish for several days, the radio station may say farewell to the event after a great 10 year run.”