Charity Endeavors | Boston Bruins Edition

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By Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @ pastagrl88

With the Boston Bruins officially out of the running for the Stanley Cup this year and life returning somewhat normal for the team, the organization has continued with their noted charity efforts. In case you missed it, those personalities involved with the Bruins team have raised money in recent outings.

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continuing to affect the world and our daily lives, the organization had to cleverly adjust to what is currently the new norm. The Boston Marathon, the oldest and most iconic races was postponed this year, however, that did not stop the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) in honoring those that would’ve run.

They recently offered the Boston Marathon Virtual Experience, which ran from September 5th through the 14th. With more than 17,800 participants from 96 countries, they were asked to complete 26.2 miles in their own neighborhood. The event also raised funds for COVID-16 first responders. One of those participants was Ryan Sweeney, whose father is Bruins alum Bob Sweeney. He ran the marathon as part of the Bruins Foundation team. As the country remembered the events that unfolded on September 11th, 2001, Sweeney ran in honor of his aunt Amy Sweeney, who passed away on that date.

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Collaborating with multiple charity organizations, the Boston Bruins Foundation has raised over $30 million dollars through many events. The Foundation is dedicated to the health and wellness throughout the community as well as advocating for children and their families. Recent events include the Patrice Bergeron Pucks and Paddles initiative and the Special Olympics Massachusetts.

On Wednesday, September 9th, the Boston Bruins held the 17th Annual Golf Tournament at Pine Hills in Plymouth, MA. All proceeds will benefit the Bruins Foundation and the Boston Bruins Alumni Association as well as the Special Olympics Massachusetts.

Those in attendance included the Foundation’s President and former Bruins forward Bob Sweeney, NESN analyst and former Bruins winger Andy Brickley, Former Bruins goalie and analyst for NESN Andrew Raycroft, Former B’s defenseman Gord Kluzak, Hall of Famer Joe Mullen, former forward and head coach Steve Kasper, former Boston defenseman and analyst Bob Beers, Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, NESN analyst Barry Pederson and Dropkick Murphy’s singer Ken Case to name a few. There were also current employees and Special Olympics athletes that participated in the event.

“I think we’re really fortunate to have this golf tournament…and do what we love to do which is raise money and play golf and see all the boys. It’s special for us.”

Former Bruins winger Andy Brickley

The Foundation also offered fans a chance to participate in the first Virtual Boston Bruins Golf Tournament benefiting Special Olympics of MA where you could play a round by yourself or with a group for a socially distant game of golf. The event ran from September 7th through the 13th.

Lastly, the Foundation is offering a virtual raffle for the 5th Annual “Bowl with a Bruin & Friends” Tournament to raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation Pan Mass Challenge Bike Team as well as for The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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