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Contribute to The One Fund Boston

April 19, 2013

By Bill Duggan, Group EVP, ANA

I was in Boston on Patriots Day -- first for the Red Sox game and then we (I was with my wife and three kids) walked to Boylston Street to watch the runners in the final stretch of the Boston Marathon. We were close enough to hear the two explosions. Just minutes before, we decided to walk to the finish line but after a few steps changed our minds. We were lucky. Our hearts go out to all those impacted.

Good will come out of this tragedy and there are (and will be more) stories of heroism and support that will inspire us. The One Fund Boston has been established by Boston Mayor Menino and Massachusetts Governor Patrick to aid those most affected by this terrible event.  And business leaders are stepping up. John Hancock has contributed $1 million. Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. and parent company Ahold USA have pledged $500,000. Adidas is selling Boston tribute T-shirts and will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to The One Fund.

Corporate America will play a major role in the healing process and making future Boston Marathons better than ever.  I hope to be there in 2014.  In the meantime, I plan to support The One Fund Boston and encourage others to as well.

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