'From Chitown to Beantown' Irish rally to raise money for Boston Bombing victims

Brave "Little Irish dancer" Jane Richard smiles sporting her brand new leg after being severally injured in the Boston Bombing

Months have passed since the Boston bomb attacks, but for many of the wounded, the healing continues. Local Chicago Irish dance and music schools will host an afternoon of music and dance as a fundraiser for the victims of the Boston bombings.

“From Chitown to Beantown” is a fun-filled afternoon for the Irish dance and music community of Chicagoland, filled with music and dance, camaraderie and goodwill, to honor our friends in Boston.

The event is inspired by eight-year-old Jane Richard, an Irish dancer with the Clifden Academy in suburban Boston. Jane was severely injured in the blasts and this fundraiser will raise funds for Richards’ family, as well as Krystle Marie Campbell, Lü Lingzi, Martin William Richard and Sean A. Collier, who lost their lives in the bombings and Collier in the post-bomb shooting.

Featured performers include the Academy of Irish Music, Dennehy School of Irish Dance, Identity Irish Dancers, Irish Music School of Chicago, McNulty, O'Hare School of Irish Dance and Trinity Irish Dancers.

All proceeds raised will go toward the victims of the Boston bomb attacks and post-bomb shooting, including the four killed and more than 260 injured. Proceeds will benefit the Richard Family, as well as the families of Krystle Marie Campbell, Lü Lingzi, Sean A. Collier and The One Fund Boston.

The One Fund Boston was formed to assist victims and families affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 and in the days that followed. One Fund Boston has raised more than $60M for the victims and the families.

From Chitown to Beantown is Sunday, September 22 at 2pm at the Irish American Heritage Center at 4626 North Knox Avenue, Chicago. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 for adults and children 12 and under are free. There will be raffle tickets for purchase at the event for great prizes and the Pub will be for drinks.

To donate, email email chitown2beantown@gmail.com.