Sales of t-shirts, quilts will aid Team MR8 Fund

Dorchester Strong QuiltDorchester Strong QuiltDorchester apparel company College Hype will once again help raise funds to benefit the new fund established in memory of Martin Richard, the 8 year-old Dorchester boy killed in last year's Boston Marathon bombings. The Adams Corner-based company is raffling off a pair of commemorative quilts made from "Dorchester Strong" and "Boston Strong" shirts.

Martin's parents, Bill and Denise Richard, have launched a foundation that honors Martin's message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community. An inaugural team of 100 runners named Team MR8 will raise awareness and funds as ambassadors running in this year's Boston Marathon on April 21st.

College Hype will build on last year's fundraising efforts by donating proceeds from the sale of their "Dorchester Strong" and "Boston Strong" T-shirt lines, which they did last year, and to raffle off
two quilts bearing the words "Boston Strong" and "Dorchester Strong." The quilts were donated by Jack Cunningham of Ross Common Quilts. They are on display at College Hype at 540 Gallivan Boulevard,

Raffle tickets are available at $10 each or 3 for $25. The first quilt was created with "Dorchester Strong" T-shirts, and the second quilt is made from "Boston Strong" shirts. All sales benefit the MR8 Fund. College Hype has set a goal to reach a total contribution of $25,000 between last year's and this year's efforts.

The drawing for the quilts will be Dorchester Day— Sunday June 1. Raffle tickets can be purchased here. Tickets can also be purchased at College Hype.

"The t-shirts represented the spirit and sense of community that we feel here in Dorchester," said Jack Doherty, president of College Hype. "The Richard family serves as an inspiration to all of us and Martin's message of Peace has touched people all across the globe. As members of the community we are honored to be able to contribute to this wonderful cause in some small way, and these two quilts capture the spirit of our community."