Dropkick Murphys raise over $300,000 for victims of Boston Marathon bombings
The Claddagh Fund, the charitable foundation of the Dropkick Murphys, has donated over $300,000 to over 60 victims affected by the tragic events surrounding the Boston Marathon.
The three-year old foundation created a specific fund following the bombings, with 100% of the proceeds disbursed directly to the victims and their families. The funds were raised through a three-pronged “For Boston” charitable campaign.
The first stage of the campaign was a special t-shirt, which can be purchased through the band’s website for $24.99 or $26.99 (depending on size). The front of the shirt says “For Boston” with a photo of the skyline, while the back displays the city’s seal with the following message, “Thank you, to all who purchased this shirt. All proceeds go to the victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombings. Love, Dropkick Murphys”.
The second part of the “For Boston” campaign was an sold out afternoon benefit concert at the House of Blues in late April with State Radio, Big D & The Kids Table, The Parkington Sisters, Old Brigade and Barroom Heroes.
The final part of the campaign was a digital EP called Rose Tattoo: For Boston Charity EP. Available exclusively through iTunes for $1.29, the EP features three songs, including a newly recorded version of the band’s song “Rose Tattoo” with guest vocals from Bruce Springsteen.
The foundation also hosted and was the beneficiary of fundraisers in Boston, LA and Tampa and received straight donations to raise additional funds for the victims.
The Claddagh Fund released the majority of the funds last week, visiting with many victims in person. “Every single person we had the pleasure of meeting expressed a positive attitude and an incredible sense of perseverance as they work hard to return to the lives they enjoyed before the tragic day in April,” explained the band’s founder anad bassist Ken Casey in a press release. He added, “we were humbled by the kindness of our friends and fans who got behind this cause with so much heart and passion, it was truly an honor to be able to represent them and contribute, even if in a small way, to help these inspirational individuals.”
The Claddagh Fund will be receiving additional proceeds from the iTunes sale of the charity EP in September and through the sale of additional shirts created and sponsored by Inked Magazine and Steadfast Brand, as well as fellow rockers The Gaslight Anthem. These funds will be provided as soon as possible to the victims based on a need-basis, to assist with hospital bills, rehabilitation and adaptive expenses.