The One Fund Boston, set up by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino, has raised more than $7.3 million from public donors and $16 million from corporations. The fund is overseen by Ken Feinberg, a dispute-mediation lawyer who administered the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and those set up for victims of mass shootings in Aurora and at Virginia Tech.
Feinberg, a Massachusetts native, will determine how much of the Boston fund each victim should receive, based on what the long-term costs of their condition are expected to be. He isn't charging a fee for his services.
The Emerge salon is planning a fundraiser in May where, for a suggested donation, clients can get their hair styled with all proceeds going to help the Corcorans, Gallardo said.
For Haslet, who teaches for Arthur Murray Dance Centers, some of the company's 260 branches have been holding dance offs and one group of children opened a lemonade stand. Still, online is where the bulk of the funding has come from, said Lownie.
"We took to the internet because that is how you fundraise in this day and age," he said. "I did a couple minutes of googling to find a trustworthy place and set up an account."