Employers throughout the commonwealth have contacted Associated Industries of Massachusetts in the past 48 hours to ask where to make donations to the victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing.
AIM urges employers to make their donations to The One Fund Boston, which was established yesterday to provide financial assistance to families directly affected by the Patriots Day tragedy. Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced creation of the fund, and AIM member John Hancock Financial Services immediately donated $1 million.
Two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured 176, including many who lost limbs and who remain in critical condition. The dead included an eight-year-old boy from Dorchester, a 29-year-old woman from Medford and a Boston University graduate student from China.
“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,” Patrick said.
“At moments like this, we are one state, one city, and one people.”
Craig Bromley, President of John Hancock, said, “John Hancock is honored to contribute to The One Fund Boston, aiding those who were affected by this terrible event. The Boston Marathon is about courage and resilience and community.”
The Boston Herald reports that the fund has also received donations from Hill Holliday co-founder Jack Connors; John Fish, CEO of Suffolk Construction; Brian Moynihan, president and CEO of Bank of America; Paul Grogan, president of The Boston Foundation; Steve Pagliuca, managing director of Bain Capital and co-owner of the Boston Celtics; Larry Lucchino, CEO of the Boston Red Sox; and Mike Sheehan, CEO of Hill Holliday, and Karen Kaplan, president of Hill Holliday.