*Updated* NEC Members Step Up to Support Boston Following Marathon Attack
The shocking attack carried out in Boston on April 15th and the ensuing manhunt for the perpetrators shook the city, the state of Massachusetts, and the New England region to its core. In the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, however, civic-mindedness took over as ordinary citizens and business leaders sought to help the victims. A day after the explosions, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced the formation of the One Fund, dedicated to helping those most impacted by this horrific attack. The One Fund provides businesses and individuals from all walks of life a centralized location to make financial donations. The One Fund has seen an outpouring of support from across our region, and has gathered nearly $30 million in donations thus far, including contributions from a number of members of the New England Council.
To date, the following New England Council members have generously contributed to the One Fund:
Partners HealthCare System
New Balance Athletic Shoe
The Boston Red Sox
Bank of America
Stop & Shop
The Boston Celtics
John Fish (Suffolk Construction)
Ernst & Young
The Boston Foundation
Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts
If you wish to donate to the One Fund, please visit their web-site at: www.onefundboston.org. This list will be updated as appropriate.
In addition, New England Council members have provided – and continue to provide – support for the victims, families, and first-responders, including:
AT&T – established a text-to-donate code to enable subscribers to more easily support the One Fund;
The Boston Celtics – selling pre-game warm-up shirts from game on April 20th and providing proceeds to the One Fund;
Museum of Fine Arts – for Memorial Day weekend, the museum will accept donations to the One Fund rather than charge an admission. The Museum will also have a special exhibit titled “to Boston with Love” – a quilt of hand-sewn patches made by individuals from across the globe.
Massachusetts Hospital Association – many of the Boston-area members of the MHA tended to the wounds of those injured in the April 15th blast.
CVS – conducted in-store donation opportunities for customers at over 250 CVS Pharmacies around Boston.
UMass Amherst – hosted “Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors Celebration” charity hockey event with a portion of the proceeds going towards the One Fund.
Verizon – matching dollar-for-dollar employee contributions to the One Fund.
State Street – matching employee contributions to the One Fund.
University of New Hampshire – on May 3rd hosted a “Get Wild for Boston” benefit dance with proceeds slated for the One Fund.
USAirways and Southwest – joined other airlines serving Boston to ease penalties on those who needed to alter their travel plans in the aftermath of the bombing.
Tufts Health Plan – joined other Boston-area hospitals in waiving certain medical fees for bombing victims, and also stated it would cover the cost of mental health care.
EMC – the IT leader is matching employee contributions to the One Fund.
Harvard Pilgrim – 135 employees directed their annual $500 mini-grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation toward the One Fund. The “mini-grant” is provided by the Foundation to the local organization of an employee’s choice each year
The City of Boston and her people will recover, and it is because of the resiliency of the community and the support of so many that all of New England can proudly say, we are “Boston Strong!”
NOTE: If you are a New England Council member not listed above and would like to share your company or organizations efforts to support the community and the victims following the attacks, please email us so that we can add your contributions to this list.