Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com
Suffolk Downs will sell specially designed “Boston Strong” merchandise throughout the Triple Crown thoroughbred racing season and donate all proceeds the The One Fund Boston, the racetrack announced Wednesday.
The racetrack will sell the products beginning Saturday, May 4 — Kentucky Derby Day — and continuing through the track’s opening day of June 1 until the Belmont Stakes on June 10, according to a statement from Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer for Suffolk Downs.
“I count myself incredibly fortunate, as I finished the marathon a few minutes before the explosions and was clearing the chute where the runners get their medals and blankets and turning onto Berkeley Street when the blasts occurred,” Tuttle said in the statement.
Tuttle praised the “true selflessness and heroism” of first responders at the scene and the efforts of medical professionals who cared for the injured, as well as law enforcement officers who worked to protect the public in the days following the bombings.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino established The One Fund in the immediate aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon than injured more than 280 and killed three. They intended the charity to be the single recipient and distribution point for the massive outpouring of financial support that emerged in the wake of the bombings.
Patrick and Menino announced Tuesday that the fund had in one week collected more than $20 million, to be distributed under the leadership of attorney Kenneth R. Feinberg, who also oversaw compensation funds for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks; the Virginia Tech shootings; and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
“The Boston Marathon is an occasion to come together to celebrate the human spirit, determination and fellowship,” Tuttle said. “As runners will tell you, the support that we get along the course provides incredible motivation to keep going. That spirit of perseverance and mutual support will help us all as we work to process this tragedy, to move forward and to honor those lost and injured.”
To donate to The One Fund, visit onefundboston.org or send a check to One Fund Boston Inc., 800 Bolyston St. #990009, Boston, MA 02199.
People who may be eligible for assistance due to an injury incurred or a loved one lost in the explosions can register online at onefundboston.org or call 855-617-3863.