Portion of proceeds from Hoboken Guards Fundraiser tomorrow go to former Manhattan College student injured in Boston bombings

by David Cosgrove on April 19, 2013

(HOBOKEN) – We at the Hoboken Guards Hurling Club hold our annual Pub Crawl & Hurler auction each spring as a pre-season kick off the hurling season, introducing our team and the world’s fastest – yet often misunderstood – field sport to curious local residents. Tomorrow, April 20st, starting at 4 p.m., our team invites and encourages the Hoboken community to join us at Willie McBride’s (616 Grand St, 4-5 pm), Mulligans (159 1st Street, 5:30-6:30) and The Shannon (106 1st Street 7-9) in a celebration of Irish culture. This is hurling.

Live Irish music will be featured at the first two venues, tasty food will be served at Mulligans, then its off to The Shannon for the highly anticipated “Win a Date with a Hoboken Hurler” Player Auction as the 7:15 pm main attraction to the event. Local ladies have the chance to bid on at least 13 Hoboken Guards hurlers – mirroring the number of players on the hurling “pitch” (or field) for one team at one time – each carrying a gift certificate to Hoboken or New York establishment.

The Hoboken Guards hold this event knowing the terrible events which have transpired in Boston the past few days and have thus gripped the nation. It is our organizations belief that when such a heinous, senseless act of large scale violence is perpetrated, communities should again pull together, despite the fact that it wasn’t members of our own direct community which bore the brunt of the madness. That said, Irish American Michele Rose Mahoney, a former Manhattan College student, was one of the Boston Marathon attendees who was severely injured during the bombings there Monday. She is pictured here.

The Hoboken Guards Steering Committee has agreed to offer a portion of the proceeds of the 3rd Annual Pub Crawl & Hurler Auction to the MRM Fund, which was set up by Mahoney’s friend, Monica Baczko, “in order to assist Michele and her family with her medical bills and expenses that she will incur during her long road to recovery. Michele, like the amazing woman she is, has vowed that any donations received that are not used to cover these expenses will be donated to charity to help others who were affected by this horrible act.”

The New York Gaelic Athletic Association’s Gaelic Park is the  99-year old home to Gaelic Sports in the New York area, and is also the home field to numerous Manhattan College sports teams.

Baczko wrote:

My beautiful best friend, Michele Rose Mahoney, was severely injured in the attacks that took place during the Boston Marathon. She was standing along side her friends Remy Lawler and Jeff Bauman, cheering on her roommate, Erin Hurley, as she ran the marathon that day. They were unfortunately located in the direct area of the first explosion and Michele suffered extensive damage to both of her legs. She is by far the strongest most positive person I know and is handling the aftermath of this terrible tragedy so well. She is extremely strong-willed, polite, and courteous to all of the those who are assisting in her recovery and has earned the nickname “super star” by the hospital staff…

Michele has said that there is no where else she would have rather been than waiting to cheer Erin on as she crossed the finish line. And I know, that even now, she would not change that for anything. Please show the same compassion to this wonderful woman and remember that no donation is ever too small to help.”

By supporting the Guards with your presence tomorrow, as we need to sustain and grow our club through 2013 (with costs that include club insurance, field space, transportation, equipment/gear), you will also be supporting others who were affected by this horrible act. If you can not attend the event and wish to become a supporter of the Hoboken Guards Hurling Club with a donation, please email hobokenhurling@gmail.com. You can also make a direct donation to the MRM Fund.

A New Jerseyan who was injured in the Boston explosions is Sparta High School graduate and former Sparta native Michael Gross and family. Also injured in the Boston attacks, as listed on a Manhattan College Alumni Blog, was Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Officer Dic Donohue, whose wife Kim (Forrest) Donohue graduated from Manhattan College in 2004. Dic was wounded in a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects last night, April 18, and is in critical condition. The Hoboken Guards Hurling Club, a constituent member of the NYGAA, send our thoughts and prayers to the Donohue, Gross and Mahoney families, and all those impacted by the Boston attacks.

With more than 65 people already committed to attend the Pub Crawl, sign up to our Facebook page here, we hope to see you tomorrow at what is shaping up to be, yet again, an uplifting event of good will and good times.

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Amanda April 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm

This is incredibly moving!

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