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April 29, 2014

Grabbing a pint for Pete

Event to connect Frates supporters around world

BEVERLY — At some point Thursday, they’ll be toasting Pete Frates at Mac Turcaill’s Pub in Dublin, Ireland.

They’ll also be raising a glass at the Linebacker Lounge on the campus of Notre Dame University, at Pub on the Park in London, and at dozens of other hangouts around the world, including that popular watering hole known as the Great Wall of China.

Frates, a Beverly resident, has drummed up a lot of support to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis since he was diagnosed with the disease in 2012. But there’s been nothing quite like the Pints4Pete World Tour.

Learn more about the Pints4Pete World Tour

“I thought of it in the middle of the night a few months back,” Frates said via email. “I love alliteration, so Pints4Pete just seemed to click. The title is pretty self-explanatory. I love raising awareness, beer, and bringing friends together.”

The event calls for people to gather at specified locations Thursday to have a drink and raise money for research into ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Frates and his family will be at The Hard Rock Cafe on Clinton Street in Boston, which will serve as headquarters for the event. There will also be a gathering at the Wild Horse Cafe in his hometown of Beverly.

Meanwhile, Frates tapped into his large network of friends to extend the reach of the fundraiser across the country and beyond.

In Germany, friends from his days as a professional baseball player with the Hamburg Stealers will gather at a pub in Hamburg. At Notre Dame, Fighting Irish baseball coach Mik Aoki, who coached Frates at Boston College, will organize a get-together at the Linebacker Lounge.

In China, his former Boston College roommate, Greg Anderson, who works in Singapore, will toast Frates while running The Great Wall of China Half Marathon.

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