A charity for the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings was set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino late Tuesday afternoon, The One Fund Boston. The fund’s purpose is to raise money to help those families most affected by the tragic events that unfolded during the 2013 Boston Marathon.
“I am humbled by the outpouring of support by the business community and individuals who are united in their desire to help; The One Fund Boston will act as a central fund to receive much needed financial support,” Governor Patrick said. “At moments like this, we are one state, one city, and one people.”
According to Mayor Menino, support from the business community was immediate. “Within an hour, I had calls from business leaders and local philanthropists who, like me, were heartbroken by the impact this hideous tragedy has had on individuals, their families, and friends. And they want to do everything they can to help these people physically and psychologically in the future.”
The One Fund Boston has already received an initial donation of $1 million dollars from John Hancock. Others pledging donations include Bank of America, the Boston Celtics, and the Boston Red Sox.
“We are one Boston. We are one community. As always, we will come together to help those most in need. And in the end, we will all be better for it,” Mayor Menino said.