FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (April 16, 2013) – The Kraft Family hopes to make donations to assist recovery for victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy go further by matching up to $100,000 in donations.
The New England Patriots and New England Revolution Charitable Foundations will collect donations online, with funds earmarked to assist with victim recovery. Donations can be made at Patriots.com/donate (please note “Boston Marathon” in field provided). The Kraft family will match the first $100,000 in donations.
“We are grieving for the victims of this senseless act,” said Robert Kraft. “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, including Patriots and Revolution staff and their families, participated in the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day, which was halted when two explosions near the finish line resulted in casualties and injured spectators and participants. 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.