Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and Boston mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.
Sports teams around the country have rallied around the city of Boston in the wake of those tragic events, and the Red Sox are doing their part to help those affected. The Sox and MLB commissioner Bud Selig announced on Sunday that on behalf of Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Red Sox Foundation and members of Red Sox Nation, a $646,500 contribution will be made to The One Fund Boston
The donation includes a $100,000 contribution from the Red Sox, a $500,000 contribution from MLB and the MLBPA, and a $46,500 check from the Red Sox Foundation that came from donations made at Fenway Park this weekend by Sox fans. A set of checks for this amount was presented to Mayor Menino on Sunday by Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and designated hitter David Ortiz.
“Major League Baseball and all of our Clubs stand alongside the Red Sox in extending our deepest condolences to the victims and the families who have been impacted by this senseless tragedy,” said commissioner Selig. “All of us are grateful to the first responders, doctors, volunteers, city officials and the many who have been instrumental in helping save lives in this great American city. We commend the people of Boston on their remarkable strength and solidarity, and the national pastime is honored to contribute to the recovery.”
“Baseball has become an integral part of the Patriot’s Day celebrations here in Boston,” said Red Sox principal owner John Henry. “When the game ends, many of the more than 37,000 fans walk from Fenway Park to the finish line to cheer the Marathon runners on Boylston Street. This tragedy directly affected many of our most ardent fans. We continue to send our sympathies to all who have felt the impact of these terribly sad events.”
Along with the $646,500 donation, the Red Sox, MLB, and MLBPA will continue to raise funds and awareness for those affected by last Monday’s events. Visit http://onefundboston.org/ for more information on how you can help.