The 'Boys from Rosario'.

It started with a story.

After the October 2017 terrorist attack in New York City killed five life-long friends who traveled from Rosario, Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Brian Winter was among the many who had something to say about the event. But he saw something else from this tragedy – he saw the strength of Argentine friendships and reflected on that topic in an essay he said took him 45 minutes to write.

Winter wrote of his own experience in his early 20s having been immediately welcomed into a group of friends as if he too had known them his entire life. “The national talent for lifelong camaraderie is surely Argentina at its very best,” he wrote, noting it was “in a class of its own.”

Speaking with Clarín, he said that it’s a question of “priorities” and that long-term friendships are always difficult. In the US, he noted that there is simply a higher priority on professional and family life. Winter underscored that “only in Argentina” it’s possible for 10 men to successfully plan an international trip to celebrate 30 years of friendship.”

He remarked that the “American dream is to have a house with two cars in the garage” but the Argentine dream is to have “10 friends coming together to eat an asado at noon on a Saturday.”

Winter stated he never, ever expected he reaction it got. It went viral. He later went on to say that 3,000 people reached out on Twitter (normally a dumpster fire) with affirmations and asado invitations the next time he’s down in Argentina. He also said he had the privilege of meeting and becoming friends with the surviving ‘Boys from Rosario’ and decided to help the families of the victims.

Last week, he joined Martín Marro, one of the surviving ‘Boys’ to host an event with the Argentine Consul Mateo Estremé in New York City to benefit the children of the men who passed away.

Foto: Adriana Groisaman. Survivor Martín Marro speaks at benefit for the families of his friends who passed away
Survivor Martín Marro speaks at the benefit for the families of his friends who passed away. (Photo via Adriana Groisaman)

 

Marro, who lives in Boston, spoke for the first time publicly about the attack, stating that their reunion was supposed to end at his house: “I picked out bottles of wine and champagne for a party that never came.”

Consul Estremé reflected that throughout the tragic and uncertain times, the families of the victims left him with a lesson: “Through so much suffering, hatred and irrationality, the message is always of love, positivity, and overcoming. Never of hate.” Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie released a Facebook video dedicated to those present. He said the event reflects a “spirit of solidarity,” but above all, “what shines through is the power of friendship.”

Several big name sports super stars donated memorabilia for the silent auction including Argentine Lionel Messi and Manu Ginóbili, as well as New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady.

Foto: Adriana Groisaman
(Photo via Adriana Groisaman)
Foto: Adriana Groisaman.
(Photo via Adriana Groisaman)

Read Winter’s full essay here. It’s worth your time, we promise.