- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced tonight that his family has netted $617,000 in total contributions to the One Fund-Boston.
Kraft touched on the significance of the number, as Boston's area code is 617. Donations to the team's charitable foundation came in slightly under the $617,000, with the Krafts matching the first $100,000, but Kraft said his family upped its contributions to hit the mark.
"I just felt it was right, that it was karma, to go to 617," Kraft said, before adding that if contributions keep pouring in perhaps "781" -- another area code in suburban Boston.
At the annual Patriots draft party, the Krafts hosted 25 members of the Boston Police Department, all of whom were first responders to the Boston Marathon bombings.
Kraft introduced the first responders to the crowd and then presented each of them with a Patriots game jersey with the No. 1 and the word "Boston" on the back.
"How these people responded was unbelievable. These are true heroes," Kraft said.