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Local events benefit Boston Marathon recovery efforts

Posted by Karyn Polewaczyk  April 17, 2013 04:30 PM

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How we choose to grieve and reflect during a difficult time is an individual choice. Socializing in the wake of tragedy might seem like a strange and foreign thing to do; it might even seem wrong. For some of us, it can be helpful, whether it's by fostering our sense of community or through the simple act of being around other people. It can even serve as a welcome distraction in the midst of information overload.

Below is an ongoing list of events created by local organizations to benefit the Boston Marathon recovery efforts and the victims affected by Monday’s bombings. If you'd like to include your event, please email the details (and links) to

Our city may be on the mend, but its spirit remains unbroken. Boston, we love you.


Ongoing through Wednesday, May 15: Fundraising Pledge at Haru, Prudential Center
Haru has just announced a fundraising pledge to The One Fund to benefit the victims and families who were devastated by the senseless tragedies on April 15. Through May 15, Haru will donate 100% of the sales of their Boston unCommon and Back Bay specialty sushi rolls. Haru will also add a 100% match to the total, thereby doubling the amount of the original donation.

Wednesday, April 24: City Sports' 30th Anniversary Outdoor CrossFit, North End Greenway, 6 PM
In honor of their 30th anniversary, join City Sports for a FREE outdoor CrossFit session. Session will be led by an instructor from Reebok CrossFit Back Bay. For every person that attends the event, $5 will be donated to One Fund to support those affected by the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. RSVP required.

Thursday, April 25: Salute for our Heroes, MJ O'Connor's Park Plaza, Boston, 4 PM to close
Join Ring Communications and MJ O'Connor's Park Plaza in a benefit for the 100 Club of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to families of fallen law enforcement. Event includes a DJ, raffle, and silent auction.

Thursday, April 25: Shop For a Cause, South Boston, 6 PM to 8 PM
Get out there and shop! South Boston boutiques Ku De Ta, Habit, The Closet Connection and Karen's Boutique are joining forces this Thursday to benefit those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. Enjoy food from the Playwright and Paramount, and sip on specialty cocktails by Double Cross vodka. 20% of all sales during the event will be donated to The One Fund.

Thursday, April 25: LONGWOOD Friends With Benefits gala, State Room, Boston, 6 PM to 9 PM
This year, LONGWOOD Giving is putting on the first event of its kind in Boston where six of the leading nonprofits are working together to host a fundraising gala benefiting The One Fund Boston. Bill Wilk, LONGWOOD Giving’s Executive Director, has worked with five dynamic nonprofit leaders: The Boston Bruins Foundation, College BOUND Dorchester, The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, The Ellie Fund, and The International RETT Syndrome Foundation. Local restaurants that are donating their time and food for this fundraising event include Abby Park, Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, Deuxave, Farmstead Table, Local 149, Posto Restaurant, Restaurant Dante, the State Room, Tresca, and Turner Fisheries. $100 for general admission tickets, $150 for VIP reception tickets. Fifty percent of ticket sales and all proceeds, including auctions, will go to The One Fund Boston.

Saturday, April 27: #BostonStrong Boot Camp Benefit, Somerville, 10 AM to noon
In honor of the fallen MIT officer Sean Collier, Rx Strength Training will be holding a boot camp fitness fundraiser to generate funds to aide the Collier family during this difficult time. $20 suggested donation.

For additional information about reflection services benefiting the Boston Marathon bombing victims, please visit's The Source.

This blog is not written or edited by or the Boston Globe.
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About this blog

Karyn Polewaczyk lives and writes in Boston, and believes that heading out into that good night, like any adventure, begins with the first step. Let's Go Out is a conversation about dating and nightlife in our notoriously chilly city, with first-hand tips from the trenches. Karyn's writing, which focuses largely on women's lifestyle topics, has appeared in the Weekly Dig, Jezebel, xoJane, Northshore Magazine and, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @KarynPolewaczyk.

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