On April 15, 2013, Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, the annual Boston Marathon started without incident. However, at 2:49 p.m., two pressure cooker bombs were detonated on Boylston Street, just short of the finish line. Police, rescue workers, and medical personnel, who were on hand to assist the runners and bystanders, rushed to the aid of wounded victims. Three spectators were killed and 264 were injured. At least 14 people required amputations.
Following this tragic event and many days of investigation, the phrase “Boston Strong” was heard throughout Massachusetts and around the country. Mark Dearborn, Vice President of Corporate Accounts, felt the need to do something beyond the normal fundraising within the Arpin organization. He solicited others to join him and begin an ongoing campaign and series of events to raise donations, not only for the victims of the marathon bombings, but also of other such tragedies, disasters, and worthy causes. Starting with the BoldRDash race on May 18, 2013, funds were raised for both the One Fund Boston to provide assistance to the marathon bombing victims and restoration efforts following the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy.
The Arpin Charitable Fund, Inc. d/b/a Arpin Strong was born. Arpin Strong is now a registered 501(c)(3) corporation with the IRS, totally separate from any of the Arpin Group companies, with its own Board of Directors and bylaws. Mark Dearborn is the President of the corporation and serves with the other members of the Board of Directors:
Brian Asay, Vice President
Mike Killoran, Treasurer
Christina Sarza, Secretary
Kathy Frazier, Director of Marketing & Communications
Arpin Strong has conducted theme days, monthly raffles, and supported the efforts of Arpin’s Race Team to raise funds. In addition, Arpin Strong has sponsored an annual golf tournament in May through benefiting several charitable organizations.
A key component of the success of any organization is the people willing to give of their own time and efforts towards a common cause. Many members of the Arpin corporate team have stepped forward to participate in fundraising efforts, as well as charitable events to help those in need. Employees have participated, on their own time, in the collection of supplies for those affected by tragedies, both in the United States and world-wide. As part of an out reach program, Arpin employees have volunteered on a regular basis at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and have “adopted” families for the Holidays, providing presents and gift cards.