April 29, 2013
This story appeared in The Norwood Transcript. Read the story online here.
Story by Brad Cole
NORWOOD– Last Saturday, a number of Norwood businesses stepped up and donated a portion of their sales funds set up to assist those affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
“Those are our friends and neighbors,” Jeanne Babel, owner of Babel’s Paint and Decorating Store said. “It’s an event close to our hearts, and this is a way we can help.”
Babel’s, along with at least 16 other Norwood businesses, made donations to The One Fund and The Richard Family Fund. Some businesses made a flat donation, while others tied their donation to Saturday’s sales. Several businesses, including Charles River Running, Conrad’s Restaurant, Envy Boutique and Custom Art Framing and Gallery 9 donated 26.2 percent of their sales to The One Fund, a reference to the 26.2 miles in the Boston Marathon.
“Everyone feels they want to help in any way they can,” Custom Art Framing owner Julie Vecchio said. “I think, whether you’re a business or a person, it’s important to do whatever you can to help your community.”
Downtown Manager Kim Weineck helped organize the numerous fundraisers, contacting the businesses and coordinating the effort to get as many involved as possible.
“On Tuesday, people kept telling me they wanted to do something,” Weineck said. “The Friends of Norwood Center was happy to help in this small way.”
Not all businesses stuck to the 26.2 percentage. Norwood Theatre donated 100 percent of ticket sales from Saturday’s North Shore Acappella concert to the Richard Family Fund. By the end of the night, the acappella group sang songs like “Sweet Caroline,” “Proud to be an American” and “God Bless America.”
“The Tuesday after the Marathon attack, we immediately decided we had to do something to help. At the time, Martin Richard was the only one identified of the three deceased and the Richard Family’s story was being shared across all media outlets. After hearing about the family and what they had gone through we really wanted to help them,” Erica McLaughlin of Norwood Theatre said.
Through ticket sales, a raffle and North Shore Acappella CD sales, over $14,000 was raised for The Richard Family Fund.
“Norwood is a town of supportive do-ers,” Weineck said. “When asked to help, people step up and this is how it was for this benefit. Friends of Norwood Center asked and businesses responded. Echoing the conversation I had with Susan Lewis at the Norwood Theatre, there was a horrible feeling inside and it was replaced with a call to action- to do something and refocus that feeling.”
Others businesses to donate were Crossfit Florian, Limey’s Pub, Napper Tandy’s, the Olde Colonial Cafe, Olivadi’s, On Track Cafe, Saulnier Family Chiropractic, Thai Boo Restaurant, To Beirut, the Women Community Committee’s Thrift Shop and King, McNamara, & Moriarty, LLP.
Though Saturday, April 20 has passed, the fundraising efforts will not stop. Chris & Sam’s Barber Shop, located at 1076 Washington St., Norwood, will donate 25 percent of sales on April 29 and 30 and May 1 and 2 to The One Fund.
“It’s just a way to help out,” Helen Matta said. “It’s a tragedy, and our hearts bleed for those people. We’ll do anything we can do for those people. We’re trying to be supportive.”
Northeast Championship Wrestling, who is having a show on Friday, April 26, at the Norwood Elks Lodge, said in a press release that they will donate $2 from each ticket to the charity. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the first match tipping off at 7:40 p.m.
Those who wish to donate to The One Fund directly can send a check to One Fund Boston, Inc., 800 Boylston Street #990009, Boston, MA, 02199 or donate online at onefundboston.org.
As of April 24, over $21 million has been raised for The One Fund.
The Richard Family Fund aims to help the Richard family in this of need. Eight-year old Martin Richard was killed in the bombing, while his mother and younger sister were seriously injured. As of April 24, over $239,000 has been raised for the fund. Information on the fund is available online at richardfamilyfund.org.