North End resident, Matthew Imbergamo, held a community fundraiser on Sunday afternoon to support his run in this year’s historic Boston Marathon in memory of Stephen J. Perez. Proceeds were to benefit Stephen’s Run and the New England Center for Homeless Veterans.  The fundraiser was held at Ward 8 Restaurant & Bar on N. Washington Street.

As a child Stephen grew up in Boston’s North End and attended Saint John’s School. He went on to graduate high school and enlisted in the Army doing three tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. When Stephen was through with his service he applied to Bunker Hill Community College and studied Criminal Justice. Sadly, Stephen was tragically murdered on the night of April 28th, 2012 in a senseless act of violence. At the time of his death Stephen was 23 years old. Two months later he was accepted into the police academy. Stephen Perez is the inspiration for the annual “Stephen’s Run” that benefits the New England Center for Homeless Veterans.

Donations can also be made at http://www.gofundme.com/6s5kl0.

 (L-R) Stephen Perez, Sr., Matthew Imbergamo and State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz
(L-R) Stephen Perez, Father of the Honoree, Matthew Imbergamo, host and Marathon Runner and State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz
 Louie and Christine with Blades
Louie and Christine with Blades
 (L-R) Blake, Sandra, Mike, Philip and Matthew
(L-R) Blake, Sandra, Mike, Philip and Matthew
 (L-R) Joe, Michael, Cara, Maria, Aaron and Gennaro
(L-R) Joe, Michael, Cara, Maria, Aaron and Gennaro
 Britany, Matthew and Lisa
Britany, Matthew and Lisa
 Marco Jr. picks the lucky raffle ticket
Leo picks the lucky raffle ticket
 (L-R) Christine, Chrissy, Berna and Emily
(L-R) Christine, Chrissy, Berna and Emily
 Michael and Sal with Blades
Michael and Sal with Blades
 Marco and Marco Jr.r
Marco and Leo
 Matthew Imbergamo with Blades
Matthew Imbergamo with Blades
 Jessica, Jahna, Patty, Matthew and Laura in back
Jessica, Jahna, Patty, Matthew and Laura in back
 Sandra, Raffle Winner
Sandra, Raffle Winner
 Fun with Blades at the Fundraiser
Fun with Blades at the Fundraiser

Photos by Matt Conti.

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