On Wednesday, the B’s announced various initiatives to support everyone affected by the Boston Marathon. Most notably, the Bruins will be part of a $250,000 donation to The One Fund Boston supporting Boston Marathon victims and their families.
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has pledged $100,000 to the charity foundation on behalf of the entire Bruins organization and players. The One Fund Boston was established to raise money to help those families affected by the Boston Marathon. The TD Garden, NHL and NHLPA will also be making a donation of $50,000 each, raising the combined total to $250,000.
“Our family has been touched by the heroic moments of so many individuals and the strength and resiliency of this community to stand together in solidarity in support of those who were injured and those who lost their lives in this unimaginable tragedy,” Jacobs said in a press release. “On behalf of our entire family, we pledge our unwavering support to this community as the process of healing begins.”
In addition to the donation to The One Fund, the Bruins will also be holding a series of events to help show their support for the families and people affected by the recent events. These events include a player and team staff ticket donation for first responders to tonight’s game, Bruins and Sabres in-game support and a Brad Marchand suite raffle for the team’s first playoff game.
The Bruins players and team staff also combined to donate 80 tickets to first responders.
“The efforts that have taken place from ownership, management, players and all our associates to put together the proper recognition at tonight’s game for those who responded, helped and comforted all those who have been affected by the tragic events this past Monday have been remarkable,” Bruins president Cam Neely said.
During Wednesday night’s game, both the Bruins and Sabres players will be wearing “Boston Strong” decals on their helmets. Members of the Bruins organization will also be wearing blue and yellow ribbons in remembrance of those affected. Furthermore, the TD Garden will be illuminated with blue and yellow lighting and will have two dasher boards that will display the TheOneFundBoston.org with a blue and yellow “Boston Strong” ribbon alongside. TD Garden legend Rene Rancourt will sing the national anthem with fellow members of the Boston Fire Department Honor Guard.
The Boston Bruins Foundation and the 50/50 raffle will be going around during the game to collect any donations fans wish to give to The One Fund Boston.
The last event will include Marchand — who will be raffling off his own TD Garden suite for the Bruins’ first home playoff game. All proceeds from the raffle with go directly to the Richards family of Dorchester, whose son Martin passed away on Monday.
“Our whole team saw the photos of Martin at our game from last Thursday and learned that he and his family are big fans of ours,” Marchand said. “This is just one small gesture which I hope can help the Richard family during this incredibly sad time for them. What they are going through is unimaginable and we will try to assist them in any way we can.”
The raffle is currently live if you visit www.bruinsraffles.org. This raffle includes not only Marchand’s suite for the evening, but also a visit from the Bruins forward after the game and a meet-and-greet session.