Chris Evans was lending a helping hand to both The Pettengill House as well as his cousin, Robert Veek, whose restaurant Fifty Water Restaurant & Bar celebrated its ribbon-cutting ceremony with Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday just prior to the autograph signing.
A Sudbury native, Chris Evans signed autographs for around 100 kids who lined up in the snow in The Tannery parking. He said “I have never been up here before. This is great, this is great. It’s nice to be able to do things like this. We talked about doing this over Thanksgiving, but then you see it come together and it is very rewarding. It is an honor to be able to bring any type of happiness to people, especially at this time of the year. I know that is kind of cheesy, but I am a sucker for Christmas and I like to give back. That feels good.”
After the autograph signing Chris Evans with his brother Scott, his mother Lisa and two of his aunts hosted a sold-out charity holiday party that raised over $3,000 for the Salisbury-based nonprofit that supports underprivileged children and families in the Greater Newburyport area. The idea for the dual events came from a family conversation over Thanksgiving.
“This got put together so fast and this is the same kind of cause that we both would want to do. It was just meant to be,” Robert Veek said. “There are a lot of different charities in Newburyport. I know (The Pettengill House) is across the river, but they have a location here too. It was a perfect cause.”
Assisting her son while he signed autographs, his mother said she is still getting used to having a superhero in her life. “This is a little bit phenomenal,” Lisa Evans said. “This is a little bit bizarre from my point of view. But kids are his bliss. He loves kids. I’ve been with him when he is on set and you will be standing there and people are screaming and all of a sudden he will look over and see a little guy with a shield and just walks right over. That is his comfort level because it is pure, it is innocent, it is sweet, it is that hero stuff. He takes his role very, very seriously. He had those feelings for heroes when he was a kid. He still gets shaky knees about Tom Brady. So he gets it.”
Chris Evans also said that “These are all dreams. And I am just lucky and grateful and just happy to be here. I’m along for the ride, really.”
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