BRAINTREE — More than 3,000 people took part in the annual Run for Charlotte, which raises money to provide financial assistance to families facing pediatric cancers. The participants did either a 10K or 5K run, or a 5K walk in Braintree. The race is named for Charlotte Kelly, who was 5 years old when she died in 2011 from neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive cancer that primarily strikes children and infants. The Braintree Forum newspaper…

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SOUTH END — It was a packed house at Bar Mezzana on Harrison Avenue in the Ink Block the other night to celebrate the release of Sports Illustrated writer Ian Thomsen’s latest book, “The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown Between LeBron, Kobe, Doc, and Dirk That Saved the NBA.” The book, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is now in stores. Thomsen, who Bill Brett worked with at the Boston Globe several years ago, caught up…

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PARK SQUARE — Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Boston held its 2018 benefit on April 12, which honored Barry Shrage of Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Money raised at the event, which was held at The Castle at Park Plaza, raised money to “ensure that resources are available to support the innovative and comprehensive programs that JF&CS provides the community. Each day brings new challenges, from young parents in crisis and families facing financial emergencies to…

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BOSTON — The Catholic Schools Foundation held its 28th annual Inner-City Scholarship Fund dinner on April 12, 2018 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel. The dinner was chaired by Bill Achtmeyer, Founding Partner of Parthenon-EY and raised $3.4 million for student scholarships. Also, Bob Reynolds of Putnam Investments was honored during the dinner and was given the Carolyn & Peter Lynch Award for his efforts on behalf of the Foundation. This video, which was…

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BOSTON — 300 guests attended Bridge Over Troubled Waters held its annual gala at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on April 7, 2018, which raised $1.7 million for the organization. The non-profit organization, which is dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth, recognized Josh Kraft, Nicholas President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and President of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, for his work with young people.…

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