Robert Kraft and his family will match the first $100,000 raised to assist recovery for victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy.
?We are grieving for the victims of this senseless act,? Kraft said in a statement. ?It is not lost on us that this tragedy occurred on Patriots Day, at an event where our own staff and their families were participating, and where thousands of runners were raising money for charities with which we are associated either through our Foundation, our alumni or our friends. Our focus is on helping those in need and beginning the healing process. We hope by matching donations we will encourage more people to give.?
Thirty-four members of the Patriots Charitable Foundation marathon team, which includes Patriots and Revolution staff and their families, participated in the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day. The 2013 Patriots Charitable Foundation marathon team broke charitable fundraising records, raising more than $248,000 to support the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards program.
Donations for the cause will be collected by the New England Patriots and New England Revolution Charitable Foundations online at Patriots.com/donate or RevolutionSoccer.net/donate. Be sure to select ?Boston Marathon? in the field provided.