Boston’s project to support child abuse prevention

In support of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar (Boston’s) in Coon Rapids plans to raise more than $4,000 to purchase an adapted bicycle for a young boy in need, with additional proceeds benefitting the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Anoka County.

Rylan is a local four-year-old boy who suffers from the long-term effects of child abuse inflicted by a trusted family friend when he was just seven months old.

When he was well enough to leave the hospital, he was released to a foster family who subsequently adopted him.

He continues to struggle with a seizure disorder, permanent optic nerve damage, left-sided hemi paresis and works with a behavioral specialist four times a week, according to Morgan Gonzales of Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar.

He is also very social and loves to greet people with a smile and often asks, “How are you?” Gonzales said.

To help fulfill a childhood wish, Boston’s will hold a special event for Rylan and his family.

April 26, when guests mention Team Rylan, the restaurant will donate 15 percent of dine in, take-out and delivery sales to his family for the purchase of the adapted bicycle.

Also, through the month of April, Boston’s has Team Rylan t-shirts available to purchase for $10, of which $7 will be donated to Rylan’s cause.

Additionally, Boston’s in Coon Rapids will host two events to benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Anoka County.

Through April 20, when guests mention “Child Abuse Awareness,” Boston’s will donate 10 percent of all take-out and delivery orders.

Boston’s will also host a “Dine to Donate” April 24, in which 10 percent of all restaurant sales from 4 to 9 p.m. will be donated.

In addition, Boston’s will be selling “Pinwheels for Prevention;” when purchased these will be placed in front of the restaurant and $1 will be donated to the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Anoka County.

“Boston’s is dedicated to serving families in our community and preventing the maltreatment of children,” said Cassandra Tuenge, Boston’s Coon Rapids community relations coordinator. “We strive to increase awareness and understanding to prevent child abuse within our community.”