Sapporo’s teams up with Westborough Police Department to raise funds for marathon victims
By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Westborough – The Westborough Police Department and Sapporo Korean BBQ & Sushi are teaming up for a Monday, June 10, fundraiser to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The event will include a dinner buffet, live music, karaoke and raffles. Tickets are $20 prior to the event and $25 at the door. One hundred percent of the ticket sales will be donated to The One Fund, the central fund set up to collect donations for those affected by the bombings.
Debbie Wong is the wife of Lee Chung, whose family owns the restaurant. She said Sapporo’s agreed to help out the police department after receiving a call from Officer Leeanne Baker.
“We’ve hosted other events for the police department,” she said. “We are happy to do this now for such an important cause.”
Baker and two other members of the Westborough Police Department will also be participating in another fundraising event for the marathon victims, this one a “bit” more challenging than eating Korean barbecue and singing karaoke.
On Saturday, June 22, she and officers Tyson DeLong and Laura Grasso will be part of a team that will compete in the Boston Strong First Responders Workout Marathon that will be held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
For a straight 26 hours, CrossFit coaches will lead teams of 10 to 12 members in a series of 26 different workouts. During the first six hours of the event, the entire team will be required to work out. After that, a minimum of six competitors must continue the workout. Teams will be allowed to rotate personnel through the 25th hour of the event but for the final hour, all members will be encouraged to participate.
Each team is asked to raise $2,600. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the family of MIT Officer Sean Collier and to MBTA Officer Richard Donohue.
Baker acknowledged that the workout marathon will be tough, but said she is looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s shaping up to be a huge event,” she said. “It’s going be really great.”
To donate to the team’s efforts, mail a check to Baker’s attention at the Westborough Police Department, 45 W. Main St., Westborough, Mass. 01581 or to Metrolec Swat Officers Association, 430 Franklin Village Dr., Suite 267, Franklin, Mass. 02038. “The 5 0 Team” should be noted in the memo. Donations can also be made online by visiting http://www.firstgiving.com/PatriotsCharitableFoundation/first-responder-26-hour-fitness-challenge and selecting “The 5 0 Team.”
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