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Banner to benefit bombing victims

To be auctioned off in Sept. for One Fund

  • Kelley Buchanan with the template she used to create a Boston Strong banner, which she has donated to raise funds for victims of the marathon bombing.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Kelley Buchanan with the template she used to create a Boston Strong banner, which she has donated to raise funds for victims of the marathon bombing.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Kelley Buchanan with the template she used to create a Boston Strong banner, which she has donated to raise funds for victims of the marathon bombing.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Kelley Buchanan with the template she used to create a Boston Strong banner, which she has donated to raise funds for victims of the marathon bombing.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Kelley Buchanan with the template she used to create a Boston Strong banner, which she has donated to raise funds for victims of the marathon bombing.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Kelley Buchanan with the template she used to create a Boston Strong banner, which she has donated to raise funds for victims of the marathon bombing.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

PETERBOROUGH — Kelley Buchanan knew she had to do something to help.

After the Boston marathon bombing in April that killed three people and seriously injured hundreds, the Peterborough woman was both shocked and furious.

“I’ve never run a marathon, but the bombing affected me just like it hit a lot of people around the world,” Buchanan said last week. “For two young men to feel the need to take out people who had no effect on them really irritated me.”

So when Buchanan heard that a Boston Strong benefit concert was planned for the TD Garden in Boston, she decided the best thing she could do was use her talent as a seamstress.

“I called the Boston Garden and told them I wanted to make a banner like their Boston Strong ribbon, in hopes they could put it out backstage with things being signed.”

Buchanan said musicians and celebrities at the concert were planning to autograph all kinds of items, which would then be auctioned to benefit the One Fund, set up to provide compensation to victims of the bombing.

“I’ve been sewing for 49 years, and I figured what better way to show my support,” said Buchanan, who is now 54.

Using a Boston Strong ribbon as a model, she created a large poster, then took clear vinyl to make a pattern. Buchanan then cut a swatch of cotton polyester -- “a nice heavy fabric,” she said – to sew a 5-foot-by-3-foot gold and black banner, which replicates the ribbon with background space available for signatures.

She mailed the banner to the TD Garden, where it arrived just in time to go on the backstage signing table. Buchanan has a picture of former New England Patriots star Tedy Bruschi standing at the table next to the banner, but she doesn’t know if he autographed it.

“The only person I know for sure who signed is Steven Tyler,” said Buchanan. “ I was told most of the performers signed it, but I haven’t seen it.” She’s hoping the autographs of the Aerosmith singer and others will increase the auction value of the banner.

The banner is now hanging in the TD Garden, where it can be seen by people attending the Stanley Cup finals.

“After the playoffs are over, they may hang it somewhere until September, when the raffle will be held.,” Buchanan said. “I hope they’ll be able to raise more money. I’ll be curious to see what it goes for.”

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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