Boston Marathon bombing victims are beneficiaries of EHT fundraiser

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Submitted/Martin Richard is one of the three victims killed in the Boston Marathon bombings. Submitted/Martin Richard is one of the three victims killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Richard family, who were deeply affected by the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy when their 8-year-old son Martin was killed in the blast, will be the beneficiary of a special fund-raising event at the Egg Harbor Township-based Bright Stars Gymnastics Academy Sunday, April 28.

The gym’s owner Bonnie Pettit, who was a childhood schoolmate of the boy’s father, Bill Richards, said she wanted to do something to help her friend who not only lost his third-grade son on Monday, April 15, but whose wife and daughter were also seriously wounded in the attack and are still in the hospital recovering.

 The family’s tragedy began when two ethnic Chechans, brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, allegedly placed two pressure cooker bombs along the marathon finish line where the family stood to cheer on friends as they ran. The bombs killed third grader Martin Richard and two other people, and injured more than 140 other runners and spectators.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police early Friday, April 19. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured later that night after police found him hiding in a boat in the back yard of a house in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Mass.

 The fund-raising event, called “Flipping for a Cause to benefit The Richard Family” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and is geared toward boys and girls ages 6 and older.

 For a $15 donation, the children can exercise on the gym’s trampolines, ropes and mats and finish the evening with a pizza dinner. Preregistration is required as space is limited. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Richards family.

 “We want to extend our support from South Jersey all the way to Boston,” the gym staff stated in the event flyer.

 For those who cannot attend but would like to contribute, donations are being collected in conjunction with the City of Salem and Salem Five Bank. The two entities have established a fund for the Richard family.

 The Salem Five Charitable Foundation is making an initial donation of $5,000 to kick off the effort. Those who wish to donate to the Richard Family Fund can mail donations to Salem Five, Attn: Richard Family Fund, 210 Essex Street, Salem MA 01970.

For information on the fundraiser event, call (609) 926-2682.

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