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Wilfork and Kraft raise money and spirits on draft night

Patriots owner Robert Kraft chats with Boston police officers at Gillette Stadium. The officers were given “1 Boston” jerseys in honor of their work in the aftermath of the marathon bombings. (Photo: New England Patriots)
Patriots owner Robert Kraft chats with Boston police officers at Gillette Stadium. The officers were given “1 Boston” jerseys in honor of their work in the aftermath of the marathon bombings. (Photo: New England Patriots)Credit:

Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork and his wife, Bianca, hosted their annual Vince Wilfork Foundation Draft Day Fundraiser at PiNZ Entertainment in Medford this week. The event, which is a benefit for the Joslin Diabetes Center, was attended by several of Wilfork’s teammates, including Jerod Mayo, Aqib Talib, Dont’a Hightower, Marquice Cole, and Ras-I Dowling, as well as Antico Forno owner Carla Gomes, whose son, David, has been a patient at Joslin for 22 years. . . . Over at the Pats’ draft party at Gillette Stadium. team owner Robert Kraft honored 25 Boston police officers for their work in the aftermath of the marathon bombings. Kraft gave the officers “1 Boston” Pats jerseys, and they got a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the stadium. The Pats poobah also announced that his family’s pledge to match the first $100,000 raised in donations to their charitable foundation, designating proceeds to benefit The One Fund Boston, has netted $617,000 in the past week. (Kraft’s friends Roger Stone and Ron Perelman both made significant donations.) . . . And at Sammy Adams’s after-party at The Place in Faneuil Hall, all ticket proceeds went to The One Fund, with The Place owner, Sam Slater of the Slater Foundation, matching the amount.


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