Boston Marathon Victim Benefits, Events, and Fundraisers [Updated]
A year later, here’s how you can still help the victims and families impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings. Are you hosting an event or fundraiser? Let us know.
The One Fund
Formed by Governor Deval Patrick and former Mayor Menino on April 16, 2013, The One Fund continues to be the centralized charity that supports those most affected by the bombings. To date, The One Fund has distributed nearly $61 million to victims, and a second distribution is planned for this summer. Visit onefundboston.org for more information.
Participate in creating the 2014 Boston Marathon mosaic by tweeting a video, photo, or a message using the hashtag #WeRunTogether, or upload your message using the online form. Your story will appear on the main mosaic page and could show up on other screens around Boston this Marathon Monday. John Hancock is donating $26,200 to The One Fund, and will donate an additional $1 for every #WeRunTogether upload.
Bracelets for Boston
This limited edition bracelet was created from the 2013 Boston Marathon street banners in remembrance and support of all the lives that were lost or forever changed. 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale benefits The One Fund. Purchased bracelets can only be picked up at the Hynes Convention Center during the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo at Booth #1527.
Friday, April 18, 12-7 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m.-7p.m., Sunday, April 20, 9 a.m.-6p.m. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston.
Officer Sean Collier Self Sponsor Scholarship
Team Collier Strong is raising funds for the Officer Sean Collier Self Sponsor Scholarship, which will send one self-sponsored recruit through the Lowell Police Academy every year.
Boston Strong Virtual Race
Run a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or marathon—all at your own pace, space, and time. Fit4Charity is organizing an online marathon where runners can upload their race results online and share their Boston Marathon stories. For $35, you can register to participate in this virtual race and receive an unofficial bib and a medal. Proceeds go toward The One Fund upon the closing of the event.
Fairing Better, Legs for Life
This IndieGoGo campaign on behalf of the American Amputee Hockey Association is seeking to raise $25,000 to provide Marathon amputee survivors with custom-made prosthetic fairings by 3D Systems and fittings by Braintree-based United Prosthetics. To donate, visit their IndieGogo campaign page.
Boston 26.2 Brew
For the third year in a row, Boston Beer Co., makers of Sam Adams, is brewing up a limited-edition Boston 26.2 Brew. After last year’s tragedy, the company donated all of their sale profits to The Greg Hill Foundation, and will do so this year, too. Boston 26.2 is poured at select bars and restaurants along the route. Find the full list at blog.samueladams.com.
Does Your City Have Sole?
For every shirt sold, $12 goes directly to one of the three Marathon-related causes of your choice: One of two runners, or The One Fund. You can purchase a shirt at goodquestionink.com/boston.
Run Run Run
Boston native and Berklee alumnae Michelle Lewis is dedicating her first single, “Run Run Run,” to this year’s runners. The music video showcases Boston runners in every season (even drudging through the snow and slush). All proceeds from the sale of the single benefit The One Fund.
In April, MiniLuxe is donating $1 from every regular pedicure and $5 from every gel or shellac pedicure to The One Fund.
New Balance partnered with The Varano Group to feature #LoveBoston Fettuccine at Strega Waterfront, Strega North End, Nico Ristorante, and Strega Prime. The #LoveBoston Fettuccine is made with sautéed chicken and English peas in a plum tomato sauce. All proceeds from this special dish go to The One Fund.
Friday-Monday, April 18-21, Strega Waterfront, One Marina Park Drive, Fan Pier, Boston, Info: 617-345-3992, stregawaterfront.com.
Strega North End, 379 Hanover Street, Boston. Info: 617-523-8481, stregaristorante.com.
Nico Ristorante, 417 Hanover Street, Boston. Info: 617-742-0404, nicoboston.com.
Strega Prime, 100 Sylvan Road, Woburn. Info: 781-933-3333, stregaprime.com.
G20 Spa + Salon and EMERGE Spa & Salon
In honor of Celeste Corcoran, a stylist and Boston Marathon bombing victim, G20 and EMERGE will be donating 20 percent of their proceeds to the Celeste and Sydney Fund. The fund was established to support Corcoran and her daughter, Sydney, who were severely injured due to the marathon bombings.
Monday-Friday, April 14-18, G20 Spa + Salon, 278 Newbury St., Boston. Info: 617-262-2220, g2ospasalon.com.
EMERGE Spa & Salon, 275 Newbury St., Boston, Info: 617-437-0006, emergespasalon.com.
Challenged Athletes Foundation
The mission of this foundation is to provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities who are passionate about athletics and physical fitness. In response to last year’s tragedy, CAF established a Boston support fund which has worked with many of the survivors by providing them with grants for prosthetic running legs and running clinics in Boston as well as connecting them with mentors along the way. To donate, visit their website.
Local writers celebrate the city in this anthology. For every copy sold, $5 will be donated to The One Fund. To purchase copies visit any bookseller or buy them online at IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
College Hype is donating proceeds from the sale of their “Dorchester Strong” and “Boston Strong” T-shirt lines as well as raffling off two quilts to benefit the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation. The first quilt was created with “Dorchester Strong” T-shirts, and the second quilt was made from “Boston Strong” T-shirts. The quilts are on display at College Hype, 540 Gallivan Boulevard, Dorchester. Raffle tickets are $10 each, or 3 for $25, purchase them online here. Drawing will be held at Ross Common Quilts on June 1, 2014.
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at the Boston Marriott Copley in honor of those most affected. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or sign up online.
Friday, April 18, 10 a.m.- 4p.m., Boston Marriott Copley Place, 3rd Floor – Gloucester Hall, 110 Huntington Ave. Boston. Info: 1-800-RED-CROSS, redcrossblood.org.
Watertown Blood Drive
Watertown is partnering with the American Red Cross and Mount Auburn Hospital to hold a joint blood drive in honor of MBTA Police Officer Dic Donohue. To make an appointment, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or sign up online.
Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Watertown High School, 50 Columbia St., Watertown. Info: 1-800-RED-CROSS, redcrossblood.org.
ComedySportz Marathon Fundraiser and Tournament
The Northeast improv comedy tournament featuring ComedySportz teams from Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., will raise money for the Sean Collier Memorial Scholarship Fund. $4 of each ticket will benefit the fund.
$15, Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Davis Square Theatre, 225 Elm St., Somerville. Info: 617-684-5335, cszboston.com.
Band in Boston
Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra’s 12 singers and musicians—along with special guests—are performing classics from Aerosmith, Boston, The Cars, and more in this benefit for The One Fund.
$30, Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. Info: 781-646-4849, regenttheatre.com.
Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon
This salon will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from its “Elite Athlete,” a nutrient IV infusion that helps athletes reach peak performance, to the “Spread The Love Fund” at Boston Medical Center. The funds raised will help support prosthetics and ongoing care and therapy.
$120 per IV, Saturday, April 19, 10:30a.m.-5:30p.m. Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon, 228 Newbury St., Boston. Info: 857-233-2317, deleteitnow.com.
Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund at The Beehive
This fund was established after the doctors of Brigham and Women’s Hospital saved Gillian Remy’s life and limbs after the blasts. Today, she is on the road to recovery and was able to attend her high school graduation and arrive on time for her freshman year of college. 100 percent of the profits will go toward funding cutting-edge research and clinical programs in trauma healing and limb reconstruction.
Monday, April 21, 3p.m.-12a.m. The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. Info: 617-423-0069, beehiveboston.com.
Eyes on Boston
Cherrytree Group President and Marathon runner Warren Kirshenbaum will speak at this benefit for The One Fund. Kirshenbaum had just finished the race when the blasts went off and just days later promised that he would be back running the 2014 Boston Marathon. A $20 donation is recommended at the door for the event. There will also be a silent auction and live music by “The Common End.”
$20, Monday, April 28, 6-11 p.m., The Whiskey Priest, 150 Northern Ave., Boston. Info: 617-429-6155, eyetechs.com.