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Teenagers calculate TD Garden owes state $13.8 million for skirting on fundraisers

Alex Reimer
July 27, 2017 - 1:25 pm

The teenagers who discovered the Bruins and TD Garden have been stiffing Boston for nearly a quarter-century have named their price: $13.8 million. 

Earlier this year, a group of teenagers from Hyde Park –– Lorrie Pearson, Mabel Gondres, and Jonah Muniz –– found that Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs had agreed in 1993 to hold three fundraisers per year at the TD Garden as part of the deal that permitted the facility to be built. They are hoping to raise money for a new ice rink in Jamaica Plain, which is projected to cost $21 million. 

At a press conference Wednesday, Pearson said she expects Jacobs to be held accountable.

“Since when is ignorance of the law an excuse not to follow the law?,” she asked, via the Boston Globe. “We as teens have not been respected . . . we feel that we are doing the state of Massachusetts a huge favor, but we are being treated as third-class citizens by TD Garden and state representatives.”

The teenagers, who are working with a group called the Hyde Square Task Force, also met with the DCR and governor’s office. They arrived at the $13.8 million figure by figuring out that TD Garden could have raised an average of $150,000 at three fundraising events over the last 24 years –– counting late fees and other fines. 

In a statement, a TD Garden spokeswoman didn’t say whether the organization would honor the teens’ request. 

“We appreciate and applaud the efforts of Hyde Square Task Force youth leaders to fight for their community. Since the uncovering of this legislation by these youth leaders, we have been working directly with DCR to correct the oversight,” Tricia McCorkle said, per the Globe

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