QUEENS, NY (April 15, 2020) — The “Food for the Fearless” campaign, launched by Mark Boccia Jr., a Physicians Assistant student and his father, Mark Sr. owner of Queens restaurants Bourbon Street, One Station Plaza, and Austin’s Ale House that donates meals to frontline hospital workers has surpassed its initial fundraising goal of $50,000. Now, Queensboro FC, Queens’ first professional men’s soccer team, and the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the borough’s oldest and largest business association, have contributed and are urging the community to help support the campaign to reach their new target of $100,000 raised.
“Bourbon Street, One Station Plaza and Austin’s Ale House are dedicated to the support of the fearless Physicians, Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Respiratory Therapists, and all other healthcare workers serving our community,” said Mark Boccia Jr., a Physician Assistant Student and Mark Boccia Sr., owner of Bourbon Street, One Station Plaza and Austin’s Ale House. “We are thankful to the support of our neighbors, friends, family, loyal customers and especially our partners Queensboro FC and the Queens Chamber of Commerce for getting behind this important cause. We are asking everyone to continue to pitch in to support our fearless heroes on the frontlines.”
“We are dedicated to doing everything in our power to help Queens during this crisis and everyday after,” said Jonathan Krane, CEO of KraneShares and Queensboro FC founding partner. “We are inspired by how the community has rallied behind this campaign in a significant way and want to do our part. We are thankful to Mark for leading the charge, and for the Queens Chamber of Commerce for connecting us to these great, community-oriented small businesses.”
Queensboro FC is the first professional men’s soccer team in Queens, New York. The club will begin play in 2021 in the USL Championship, the top tier of the United Soccer League. They were connected to Boccia’s fundraising campaign through the Queens Chamber of Commerce.
“Small businesses like Bourbon Street, One Station Plaza and Austin’s Ale House are the backbone of Queens, and are stepping up in a big way to help us get through this crisis,” said Tom Grech, President and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “We are inspired by everything Mark is doing to support the brave health care professionals putting their lives on the line to defeat this epidemic and are happy to support his efforts. We are thrilled to connect one of our newest members, Queensboro FC, to this cause. Before a ball has even been kicked, Jonathan and his team are proving to be an important part of Queens’ business community.”
Every $1000 raised will allow the restaurants to provide up to 100 meals – at cost – to various local hospital units battling this pandemic. Hundreds of meals have already been delivered to Jamaica Hospital, North Shore University Hospital, NewYork Presbyterian Queens and Flushing Hospital Medical Center. In addition to feeding frontline health care professionals, the donations allow the restaurants to retain their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.
*You can support the Food for the Fearless campaign here*
About the Queens Chamber of Commerce
The Queens Chamber of Commerce is the oldest and largest business association in Queens, representing more than 1,150 businesses and more than 100,000 Queens-based employees. Its mission is to foster connections, educate for success, develop/implement programs and advocate for members’ interests. www.queenschamber.org
About Queensboro FC
Queensboro FC is the first professional men’s soccer team in Queens, New York. The club will begin play in 2021 in the USL Championship, the top tier of the United Soccer League. Queensboro FC’s ownership group is led by international soccer star David Villa and New York entrepreneur Jonathan Krane. Learn more at www.queensborofc.com