Roseann, Celeste and Karen give back to those who have made such a difference in their recovery. November 9, 2013 7:00pm Northeastern Huskies v UML River Hawks at Tsongas Center Lowell MA
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RIVER HAWKS TO HONOR BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING SURVIVORS AND FIRST RESPONDERS
Portion of Proceeds from "River Hawk Strong Night" to Benefit
America's Fund, UMass Lowell Boston Marathon Scholarship Fund
LOWELL, Mass. (October 24, 2013) "“ UMass Lowell will honor the victims, survivors and first responders of the Boston Marathon bombing with "River Hawk Strong Night" on Nov. 9 prior to the UMass Lowell vs. Northeastern hockey game at 7:00 p.m. Marathon survivors Celeste and Sydney Corcoran of Lowell, Karen Rand of Somerville and Roseann Sdoia of Dracut will drop the ceremonial first puck. They will be joined on the ice by first responders.
A portion of the ticket sales from the game will support Boston Marathon bombing survivors through America's Fund and the UMass Lowell Boston Marathon Scholarship Fund. America's Fund is a program created to direct urgently needed resources and financial support to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. In 2013, America's Fund created a new program, the America's Fund Mentors, through which veterans will mentor those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing and accompany them through their rehabilitation, providing hope and encouraging success along the way to recovery. UMass Lowell established the Boston Marathon Scholarship Fund in the days following the April 15, 2013 attack to benefit anyone affected by the tragedy who wishes to pursue an education at the university.
"I am grateful for the support of the veterans who came early on during the recovery process. Their encouragement, confidence and tips have come in handy with attacking every day," said Sdoia of America's Fund. Sdoia, a UMass Lowell alumnus, lost her right leg in the marathon bombings. "We are honored by the outpouring from the UMass Lowell community," she said.
Sydney Corcoran, Celeste Corcoran and Rand also suffered severe injuries in the marathon attacks.
"Sydney and I are both honored to be a part of this fundraiser that will benefit America's Fund and the university's scholarship fund," said Celeste Corcoran. "There are no words to describe the support and feelings of empowerment during our at times slow recovery."
"Like everyone, we were stunned by the bombings at the Boston Marathon and continue to be inspired by the strength and grace the survivors have shown in the months since the attack," said UMass Lowell Director of Athletics Dana Skinner. "While time has passed, the needs of the survivors still remain, and we are pleased to be able to contribute in even a small way. We appreciate all the support and generosity of the River Hawks' fan base, the campus and the Lowell community."
Tickets for the River Hawks are on sale now and can be purchased at the Tsongas Center Box Office, which is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fans may also purchase tickets online at TsongasCenter.com or by contacting Andrew Ralph (email@example.com; 978-934-5749) or Joe Fellini (firstname.lastname@example.org; 978-934-5751).