Fishiness Abounds Over This Is Boston Funds

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About a year ago, several bands from Massachusetts took part in a benefit show to aid victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The event was called This Is Boston, and was staged May 6, 2013, at Quincy’s South Shore Music Hall with Converge, Slapshot, Wrecking Crew, and Doomriders performing, among others.

The benefit raised $14,000 for the One Fund, but now questions are coming up as to what happened to that cash.

Most of that money wasn’t donated, according to this article, and one of the benefit’s key promoters, Mike Eleftheratos, has disappeared from the scene.

From the article:

“But the lack of specifics began to rub Jacob Bannon, singer for headliner Converge, the wrong way. He spent months after the show following up with Eleftheratos trying to get confirmation of the money’s transfer to the One Fund, and was repeatedly met with excuses.

“By June 8, in an email to Eleftheratos, Bannon stated: ‘As of now we are getting the impression that there is no donation that is being made by your promotions company.’

“When we reached Bannon by phone, he explained further. ‘This sort of thing isn’t complicated,’ Bannon says. ‘Our band independently raised money for the event, we sold shirts through our store, and gave 100% of the proceeds. We do that all the time; money for the Red Cross, we raised money for Japanese tsunami relief, we’ve given money to Dana Farber for cancer research. We try to give back, we do what we can.’”

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