New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola will donate $100 for every pass caught to Marathon victims charity
BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola plans to donate $100 for every pass he catches next season to charity funds set up in the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Amendola tweeted Tuesday that he would give that amount to whatever “Boston Marathon Relief Fund” is established and $200 for any dropped pass. The Patriots signed Amendola in the offseason as a free agent from the St. Louis Rams.
Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork sent a tweet asking for $10 donations to the Vince Wilfork Foundation with all proceeds until the end of April going to benefit victims of the explosions.
Two explosions near the finish line of Monday’s race killed three people and wounded more than 170.
Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots and the New England Revolution of MLS, said his family would match up to $100,000 in donations made online to the teams’ foundations to help with the recovery of victims.
“We are grieving for the victims of this senseless act,” Kraft said in a statement. “It is not lost on us that this tragedy occurred on Patriots Day, at an event where our own staff and their families were participating, and where thousands of runners were raising money for charities with which we are associated either through our Foundation, our alumni or our friends. Our focus is on helping those in need and beginning the healing process. We hope by matching donations we will encourage more people to give.”
The Boston Celtics said they would “take our cue” from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston mayor Thomas Menino “as to how we can be of most help to the city.”
The Red Sox “are still in the process of gathering information and developing ideas,” team spokesman Kevin Gregg said.