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January 30, 2015

Dropkick Murphys founder donates $10K to Joiner Institute

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Dropkick Murphys frontman Ken Casey donated $10,000 this month to UMass Boston’s William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences.

“This support will enable us to do a lot more, reach a lot more veterans,” William Joiner Institute Director Thomas Kane said. “We’re very grateful for the Claddagh Fund and the Dropkick Murphys.”

The outreach programs include writer’s workshops for veterans, mentoring programs for veterans involved with the criminal justice system, and music therapy programs for both male and female combat veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse.

“It’s not just learning how to play music or write music, but how to use music as a way to relax and let go of a lot of painful things they’ve experienced,” Kane said.

Casey made the donation through his Claddagh Fund, a charity he founded in 2009 to raise funds for worthy, underfunded nonprofits that support the most vulnerable individuals in the community.

Kane said the Joiner Institute and Claddagh Fund are building a long-term partnership.

“I trust the program, I support what they’re doing, I’ve seen it firsthand in action, and I’ve been a part of it firsthand,” Casey said, explaining that he has spoken to veterans dealing with drug problems in the past. “[The Joiner Institute] puts their heart and soul into helping veterans, and I know any funds that come via the Claddagh Fund will be put to great use.”

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