August 4th, 2012
The Boston Red Sox and the Red Sox Foundation recently announced that August has been named “Jimmy Fund Month,” commemorating the partnership that spans nearly 60 years between the charity, the team and its philanthropic arm.
To kick off the month-long festivities, Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is committing $5,000 to the Jimmy Fund for every home run he hits during the second half of the 2012 season. Directing the funds to the Jimmy Fund through the Red Sox Foundation, Adrian has already hit four home runs since the All-Star break for a current tally of $20,000.
Also helping raise funds in August are Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine; Bench Coach Tim Bogar; Director of Professional Scouting Jared Porter; and Director of Baseball Information Services Tom Tippett, who will all donate their time for the Sabermetrics, Scouting and the Science of Baseball Seminar (which has already sold out for this year) at Boston University today and tomorrow, August 4th and 5th, to benefit the Jimmy Fund.
For the 10th straight year, the Red Sox will support the Pan Mass Challenge, the annual bike-a-thon that crosses the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and raises funds for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Red Sox Foundation is a presenting co-sponsor of the event, which began in 1980 and will take place today and tomorrow, August 4 and 5. Red Sox Front Office members ride, raise funds, and address participants at the start.
For the 11th straight year, the club will present the Red Sox Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon on WEEI/NESN. The event, which last year raised more than $3.4 million, is the club’s 59th Act of Kindness in 2012. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, the club is engaging in 100 Acts of Kindness. This year marks the 59th anniversary of the Red Sox formal relationship with the Jimmy Fund.
The 36-hour fundraiser will run from Tuesday, August 21 from 6 a.m. to midnight, and Wednesday, August 22 from 6 a.m. to midnight on WEEI and NESN. The annual fundraiser was created in 2002 by the Red Sox in conjunction with their radio partner, WEEI. NESN joined forces in 2003. Red Sox players and their wives have participated in the fundraiser each year.
In addition to supporting the fundraising efforts during the Radio-Telethon, the Red Sox will hold pre-game ceremonies prior to both games during the two-day period. Since its inception, this event has raised more than $28 million.