In what has become an annual event, North Ender Matthew Imbergamo, held a community fundraiser at Ward 8 Restaurant & Bar on Sunday afternoon to support his run in the 2015 Boston Marathon in memory of Stephen J. Perez. Dozens came out to support the event. A popular raffle featured donations from the Boston Bruins, Red Sox, EB Horn, Boston Barber along with several baskets of Starbucks and lottery tickets. All proceeds are going to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in downtown Boston on Court Street.

“Stephen was a veteran who’s life was taken far too soon,” says Imbergamo. “I couldn’t let this opportunity pass without honoring such a great kid.” On hand for the fundraiser were Stephen’s father, Stephen Perez Sr., State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and Brian Reeves, Vice President of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans.

Stephen Perez 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.

Additional donations can be made online at this link.

 Stephen Perez Sr., Matthew Imbergamo, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and Brian Reeves
Stephen Perez Sr., father of Stephen J Perez, Matthew Imbergamo, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and Brian Reeves of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans
 The Imbergamo Gang: (L-R) Dominic, Marlo, Steven, Matthew, Jeffrey, Michael and Marco
The Imbergamo Gang: (L-R) Dominic, Marlo, Steven, Matthew, Jeffrey, Michael and Marco
 Matthew with the ladies, from the left, Christina, Monique, Katie and Allycia
Matthew with the ladies, from the left, Christina, Monique, Katie and Allycia
 North End friends, from the left, Blake, Gennaro, Matthew I., Matthew B. and Jason
North End friends, from the left, Blake, Gennaro, Matthew I., Matthew B. and Jason
 Lisa, Matthew and Alissa
Lisa, Matthew and Alissa
 Sandra and Marlo
Sandra and Marlo
 Andrea, Matthew and Bridget
Andrea, Matthew and Bridget
 From the left, Marlo, Matthew, Dominic, Lisa and Marco
From the left, Marlo, Matthew, Dominic, Lisa and Marco
 Lisa Passacantilli and Matthew Imbergamo
Lisa Passacantilli and Matthew Imbergamo
 Olivia and Debra
Olivia and Debra
 Host Matthew Imbergamo and Ward 8
Host Matthew Imbergamo and Ward 8’s Nicholas Frattaroli
 Highly sought raffle items
Highly sought raffle items
 Matthew congratulates raffle winner
Matthew congratulates raffle winner
 Raffle winner of a Starbucks basket
Raffle winner of a Starbucks basket
 Maureen Kennedy wins signed Red Sox baseball in raffle
Maureen Kennedy wins signed Red Sox baseball in raffle
 Matthew congratulates Boston Barber Tattoo winner
Matthew congratulates Boston Barber Tattoo winner
 Bruins package raffle winner
Bruins package raffle winner
 Big Lottery Raffle Winner
Big Lottery Raffle Winner
 E.B. Horn watch raffle winner
E.B. Horn watch raffle winner
 Maria takes home the Starbucks Ice package
Maria takes home the Starbucks Ice package
 Jaclyn and Matthew with signed Bruins hockey stick
Jaclyn and Matthew with signed Bruins hockey stick

Photos by Matt Conti.

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