Citing the additional burden their event would place on the “exhausted” Boston Police Department, the organizers of Boston Marathon: The Last 5 Miles have decided to postpone their walk, which would stretch from Heartbreak Hill to the Boylston finish line. Over 16,500 supporters had pledged to attend this event, which had been planned in honor of “anyone who did not get to finish, for anyone who was injured, and for anyone who lost their life.” The coordinators, BC students Dani Cole and Michael Padulsky, wrote on the event’s Facebook page that “Ongoing meetings are being held to define the scale and logistics of a vigil and ‘The Last 5’ walk.”
As we await the rescheduling of this inspiring event, a myriad of other opportunities to show support are popping up all over Boston. Below is a short but substantial list of ways you can help the victims and their families:
Dine at one of the many Greater Boston restaurants that have pledged to donate anywhere from 10 to 50% of proceeds on April 17th (today) to The Greg Hill Foundation. The list of participating locations, which includes Beantown favorites like Papagayo, Davio’s, and Max & Dylans, can be found here.
Donate to the the One Fund Boston, which was formed by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Tom Menino to “help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.” A cornerstone $1 million donation has already been made by local business John Hancock.
Light a candle between 9 and 9:30 PM on Saturday, April 20th – wherever you are – as you participate in another rapidly-growing grassroots campaign, Boston Marathon, A Candlelight Vigil. People around the city, the country, and the world are invited to join in this demonstration of “unified respect, honor, and dedication to our lovely city.”
Schedule to donate blood.Thanks to the overwhelming response in the last two days, the Red Cross reports that their current supplies here in Boston are sufficient, but have also noted that “donations historically drop as the summer months approach, so now would be a great time to schedule a donation to help ensure there is enough blood available this summer.”
Meet Welcome Wednesdays! In the spirit of living life to the fullest, SBS is going to one of their favorite watering holes with you and 30, 40, 50, or more SBS-ers!
SBS does more than you might think. They manage great soccer, volleyball, and softball leagues, but did you know they also strive to concoct new ways of having fun that people couldn’t do on their own? SBS has Learn to Sail and Learn to Row classes in the summer, Whisky and Wine tastings, White Water Rafting, and Slope Side Condo rentals for ski-trips!
Come to meet some great people, learn more about SBS and/or just to grab a drink!
Date: Wednesday, March 13th
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Bleacher Bar
This was my first experience with an event put on by Social Boston Sports (SBS), and I had a fantastic time! My two girlfriends and I decided to check out a Wine Tasting at Back Bay Social Club last Wednesday sponsored by SBS. I have been to other wine tastings in the past, resulting with me only liking maybe one or two of the wines, but at the SBS event, I loved all the fantastic wines they chose!
My friend Stacy remarked that, “I really enjoyed learning about each wine in a comfortable, social atmosphere with other people my age.”
I agree with her completely. The event was not pretentious or formal. This format was great for me because I love wine and wanted to learn about it, but don’t like “foodies” ruining tasting experiences for me.