Fenway Park hosts fundraiser for Newtown
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Fenway Park hosted ‘A Night for Newtown,’ Saturday, bringing roughly 700 people together to raise money for the Sandy Hook community.
A group of former Newtown, Connecticut residents now living in Boston held the fundraiser, raising money to bring a children's museum to the Newtown community.
Mayor Menino and Governor Deval Patrick attended the event.
“That's what Boston’s all about. We pull together for other people. We're always out there when there's a need, you'll see that by tonight,” said Mayor Menino.
“The Red Sox are really pleased that Fenway Park is a site of this event. We have friends from Newtown who are bringing the community together, it's a place for these guys to be, very fitting,” said Larry Lucchino, Boston Red Sox president.
They had hoped to raise $26,000 by the end of the night, but they'd already passed that goal, by the start of the event.
The museum will give kids of Newtown a place to go for learning through hands-on activities.
Another fundraiser happened in Hartford, Conn. Saturday. It was a 5K run to benefit the families of the Newtown shootings.
A moment of silence was observed and bells were rung to remember the victims.
About 15,000 runners participated and raised more than $400,000.