By John Bishop, BostonBruins.com
BOSTON -- The cold New England rain might have been falling, but frankly, so was the body-warming wine at Ray Bourque's Tresca Restaurant in the North End on Monday evening as the Boston Bruins Academy held a wine tasting event in the loft of the establishment to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.
Over 70 guests mingled with Boston Bruins Head Coach Dave Lewis, forward P.J. Axelsson and his wife Siw, right wing Shean Donovan and his family, and left wing Marco Sturm in an effort to raise money for a very worthy cause.
The Boston Bruins Foundation is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children in our community and thanks to the efforts of the players, coach and staff, and via ticket sales and a very successful silent auction, over $5000 was raised in one fell swoop.
"I think this is a great thing to do," said Axelsson. "You get to have some nice wine, meet the fans and it's a great cause, too."
"I had a good time today," said Donovan. "Obviously its for charity, the B's Foundation, and you get to raise some money for kids -- so that's always good.
"And we got to come to Ray Bourque's restaurant, and socialize with some good people."
And Shean didn't come alone, having brought his wife Teresa, his mom Gisele and his dad Brian.
"I wanted to come, have some fun, hang out with my husband and support him," said Teresa Donovan. "My in-laws are in town and they really appreciate wine.
"So it's just a fun night out," said Mrs. Donovan, echoing the sentiments of everyone in the building.
But nobody forgot the true purpose of the evening.
"I guess the favorite part for me was seeing the participation by all the different people," said Lewis. "Meeting the fans, listening to Paul Stewart talk about what it means to be involved in the Boston Bruins Foundation.
"It makes you feel good and that's the whole thing with me. Anytime we can do anything, this is a little thing, to be involved in something like that…is great."
Lewis, a North End resident, braved the chilly autumn rain and was somewhat surprised that the precipitation didn't dampen the participation.
"I live around the block and the only thing I don't like tonight is the rain," said Coach Lewis. "A lot of people made sacrifices to come down here…it would be easier for people to stay home and stay dry, but they all came down here and they actually had to stop letting people in because they were running out of room in Ray's restaurant -- it's a fabulous place."
Paul Stewart, the Bruins Foundation Director of Development, thanked everyone who participated.
"It's all to benefit the Foundation," said Stewart to the crowd. "Founded in 2003…we reach out to all of the children who live in our community. And our…community doesn't just consist of something inside 128 or 495. We think anywhere that Bruins spoke touches New England, anywhere where kids need a little bit of help athletically or academically or for their good help, that's where we reach out."
For more information on the Foundation, please visit BostonBruinsFoundation.org
or call 617-6241928.
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