FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Robert Kraft made a surprise appearance in Foxborough Saturday to show his support for the JarHeads MC group after seven people were killed in a horrific crash in New Hampshire in June.
Kraft only stayed for a few minutes but made an impact that will likely last a lifetime for many of the families that lost loved ones in the crash. He offered hundreds of thousands of dollars to the JarHeads MC.
"We are all patriots and you are the true patriots," Kraft told the group. "Our family, we're going to commit $100,000."
The crowd full of marines and their families erupted in cheers when Kraft pledged to donate to the families of the five Marines and the two others who were killed in last month's crash.
But Kraft didn't stop there. The group set a fundraising goal of $700,000 to help cover funeral costs and the loss of their brothers and sisters.
"If you don't get to the $700,000 today we're making it up, whatever it is," he pledged.
Nearly a thousand people from all over the country were at the event in Foxborough showing support for the families.
"It's the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through in my life," said Matthew Ferazzi, whose father, Michael, was killed in the crash. "I think it would be for everyone. How can it not be?
"It’s all I think about. It's all we think about. We miss him."
The 62-year-old marine, and former police chief, leaves behind his wife, two children and a grandson.
"They were riding for good," Matthew said. "They were riding for charity. They were riding to help people. My dad was a public servant his entire life. He helped people his entire life. That's all he knew."
The family says they’re grateful for events like this and the outpouring love from people all over the country.
"It means the world to us," Ferazzi said. "We need that support, and it's there and we're embracing it. We love it."