Boston Strong run nets $5,000-plus for charity

LAKE PLACID – The Boston Strong LP effort has surpassed its net goal of $5,000.

Meanwhile, the Lake Placid village Board of Trustees has formally thanked Greg Borzilleri, who organized last week’s tribute run around Mirror Lake, which was held one week after the Boston Marathon bombings, in honor of the victims.

Borzilleri announced on the event’s Facebook page Monday that a fundraising effort to support the One Fund Boston Inc., a charity established by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tony Menino to help those most affected by the April 15 tragedy, raked in more than $8,000. About $2,778 of that went to the cost of “Boston Strong LP” shirts, Borzilleri said, leaving the effort with more than $5,000 for the charity.

“It gives me chills and tears when I look at what you all have done in just over a week since we came to walk/run last Monday,” he wrote on Facebook. “We came together for Boston, for the victims and for each other.”

Borzilleri, an Ironman race director, said he will contribute the money through the JetBlue matching program.

“We will end up with having provided over $10,000 to the victim’s fund,” he posted, “all from our small community in upstate NY.”

As of this morning, the One Fund had collected more than $26 million, with close to $9.8 million coming from the public and $16.9 million donated by corporations.

At Monday’s village board meeting, trustees thanked Borzilleri for pulling the tribute run together with only a few days’ notice.

“It had an outstanding turnout and, I think, a very nice outcome for the village,” Mayor Craig Randall said. “I would have found it hard to believe that an event of that nature could go together that easily. The sponsors – everybody – were just lined up, ready to go.”

Contact Chris Morris at 891-2600 ext. 25 or cmorris@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.