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Watertown Community Foundation will help fund block parties in Watertown after bombing events

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  April 24, 2013 02:32 PM

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In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings and other violent events that unfolded locally last week, the Watertown Community Foundation is reminding residents that the organization reimburses up to $200 for charitable block parties in Watertown.

The 10-year-old program offered by the foundation reimburses Watertown block party organizers up to $200 for new parties, and up to $100 for recurring events, so long as each party also seeks to raise funds and awareness for a philanthropy.

The reminder comes after a violent gunfight occurred in the wee hours of last Friday morning on Laurel Street, followed by an extensive day-long, citywide manhunt for a Boston Marathon bombing suspect that ended on Franklin Street.

"The Watertown Community Foundation urges Watertown residents to get together in neighborhood gatherings to talk about the events, express their sadness and support for the victims, and share their thanks for our first-responders as well as their appreciation for one another," foundation leaders said in a statement.

The organization also said locals who apply for block party funding and needed philanthropic ideas could consider focusing their event on raising money for One Fund Boston; Watertown's local food pantries; or the foundation's Fund for the Most Vulnerable.

For more information on holding a WCF-sponsored neighborhood gathering and to receive funding, go to the foundation's website or email mschade@watertownfoundation.org.

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