After the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013 that killed 3 people, injured 264 others and shocked the New England city and unsettled a nation, people and businesses set out to find meaningful ways to help the victims and help the city heal.
At Boston’s HealthBridge Managed Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, CEO Daniel Straus and director Elizabeth Straus designed a silent auction to honor the victims. They set out to find items to auction and gifts to raffle, and they landed some nice contributions. Among the prizes were art, tickets for Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Boston Celtics games, fancy dinners and many more. Guests also were offered an opportunity to take a photo with Boston Red Sox's 2004 and 2007 World Series Championship trophies.
Ultimately, more than 300 guests attended, including Boston Marathon Director Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Medical Director Aaron Baggish and Dr. David King. What is remarkable is that Dr. King finished the marathon on tax day and then headed straight to Massachusetts General Hospital to assist with the mass influx of patients.
Straus and Healthbridge raised $275,000 and it was donated to causes that are established specifically for the victims of the bombing. It was their goal to see that the bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev did not rule the day, and the spirit of the event and money raised showed that goodness ultimately wins out.
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