BC Fundraisers for Marathon Bombing Victims
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (4-29-13)—Several initiatives to raise money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings will take place this week in the form of a tee shirt sale and point drive organized by the BC Bookstore and BC Dining Services, and a student-led walk around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
“Boston Strong Mile 21” tee shirts are being sold in the BC Bookstore and website for $10 in support of the One Fund, which was created to assist victims of the Marathon bombings. Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services Patricia Bando said that in addition to the tee shirts, where proceeds will be directed to the One Fund, Dining Services will also work with BC students to organize a point drive through which students can donate points towards the fund.
“We felt that it was a good way to assist those affected through a partnership with BC Bookstore and Champion athletic apparel to design and sell a tee shirt that reflects our pride and resolve as a community,” said Bando. The tee shirts can be purchased at BC Bookstores or online at www.bc.edu/bookstore.
In addition, two BC sophomores, Danielle Cole and Michael Padulksy, have organized an event called “The Last 5,” which will consist of a walk around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday May 3.
The pair, both of whom ran in the Marathon but were denied the opportunity to finish because of the bombings, came up with the idea of a walk to enable supporters to complete the journey on behalf of all those who could not. Given the overwhelming response to their idea, Boston Police asked them on April 17 to pursue other options so as not to overburden officers and emergency responders who had worked non-stop since the bombings occurred. The students opted for a vigil on April 19, which had to be cancelled in light of the lockdown, before focusing on the reservoir walk, which Boston and BC Police have endorsed.
Working with Student Affairs and UGBC, the students designed blue and yellow tee shirts that read “BC Strong: We Decide When Our Marathon Ends,” which will be sold for $5. All proceeds will go to support funds established for BC graduate students Liza Cherney and Brittany Loring, and BC alumnus Patrick Downes ’05 and his wife, Jessica, all of whom were injured in the bombings.
"The Last 5 event will provide people with the opportunity to gain back a piece of what was lost during the Boston Marathon,” said Padulsky. “We were all affected by this tragedy in some way, and now we can come together as a community to honor and remember the victims of this terrible act of violence. Through our love and support, we hope that the victims and their families will find some solace in the fact that they are not alone – we will walk together as one united front to finish just as strong as we started."
Added Cole, "The Last 5 event will help bring closure and healing in a personal way for everyone affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. By raising money through this walk, we hope to contribute to the paying of medical costs that Liza, Brittany, Patrick and Jessica are currently facing, but also to encourage them in solidarity as they recover, filling the need in a small way as we are able."
--Jack Dunn is director of the Office of News & Public Affairs; firstname.lastname@example.org