BOSTON, MA – The Red Sox Foundation today announced plans to commemorate two decades of community impact through celebrations, events and fundraisers in 2022 to mark its 20th anniversary. Throughout the year, the Foundation will seek to highlight its work in health, education and recreation that has transformed and saved lives through invaluable partnerships, self-directed programs and support. direct and indirect charitable institutions resulting in total investment. over $104 million to the New England community over the past 20 years.
Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 5,000 grants to nonprofit organizations; provided more than 1,500 scholarships for students to pursue higher education; supported 325 Boston public school students through the Red Sox Scholars program with thousands of hours of tutoring and mentoring; helped more than 30,000 veterans and their family members suffering from the invisible wounds of war; supported the services of more than 20,000 Massachusetts residents each year at the Dimock Center; and provided thousands of baseball and softball coaches and youth players with access to clinics, equipment, and organized games and practices. In addition to this work, the Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation maintained a 69-year partnership with The Jimmy Fund and helped raise more than $156 million for Dana Farber’s cancer treatment and research.
“When John and I bought the team in 2002, we were committed to running a club that would actively engage with its community,” Red Sox Foundation President Tom Werner said. “The creation of the Red Sox Foundation is one of the most important and direct ways we have sought to realize that early promise and over the past 20 years has helped turn the difficult and the challenge into a life changing and a rescue. . The Foundation’s impact can be seen in every Boston public school student who has had a viable chance of a college education, in the thousands of veterans whose lives have been saved by Home Base’s crucial services and in kids who sign up to learn and play our great game of baseball and walk away with valuable life skills. This year not only marks a time to look back on all that has been achieved, but it also serves to inspire us for the future and how we can help our communities face what lies ahead.
In its anniversary year, the Red Sox Foundation will focus on sharing the story of its 20 years of impact, while highlighting the organization’s priorities and future goals.
“Twenty years ago, our group of owners founded and funded the Foundation and committed to injecting the charity with $20 million over 10 years,” said Bekah Salwasser, Executive Director of the Red Foundation. Sox. “While this initial goal has been greatly exceeded, the true impact of our work is not measured in dollars, but rather through the incredible stories of our program participants and partners that we will seek to share throughout this landmark year. . Our success is not possible without the initial and ongoing support of our Owners Group, our Board of Directors, countless donors and, of course, the Red Sox Nation. I look forward to engaging with our amazing fans in new and unique ways – all of which will help sustain our work for years to come.
For the first time, official Red Sox Foundation branded merchandise, manufactured and sold by ’47 Brand, will be available for purchase, with net proceeds benefiting the Foundation and its grassroots programs. In the coming weeks, the articles will be available online at 47brand.com and at the official team store at 19 Jersey Street.
The 20th anniversary will also be marked by a series of events and celebrations to be held throughout the year, including the official induction of the Red Sox Hall of Fame Class of 2020, whose ceremonies were postponed due to the pandemic. On May 26, the Red Sox Foundation will host an event at Fenway Park where Hall of Famer David Ortiz, former players Manny Ramirez and Rich Gedman, the late Bill Dinneen, and former general manager Dan Duquette will officially inductees. Additional details and ticket information for the May 26 ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks. Members of the 2020 Red Sox Hall of Fame class are also honored during pre-game ceremonies at Fenway Park prior to the Red Sox-Orioles game on Friday, May 27.
“We hope to include as many members of our community as possible in this celebration and have re-thought how we could create better access,” Salwasser said. “Rather than hosting an indoor gala like we usually do, we plan to host the Red Sox Hall of Fame event this year at Fenway Park and welcome as many Red Sox fans as possible to this special tradition.”
The anniversary celebrations will culminate with a pre-game ceremony on June 17 at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-Cardinals game. The Foundation will also be incorporated into that evening’s NESN game broadcast with various program participants and partners featured throughout the evening.
Additional announcements about Red Sox Foundation events, partnerships and support opportunities will be shared throughout the year. Donations to the team’s charity can be made anytime online by visiting redsoxfoundation.org.
The Red Sox Foundation operates out of Fenway Park with 12 full-time employees, a dedicated 50/50 raffle sales team, support from the Boston Red Sox and thousands of volunteers.
About the Red Sox Foundation: The official charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has awarded more than 5,000 grants since its inception in 2002 and aims to make a difference in the lives of children, families, veterans and communities in need by improving their health, education and recreational opportunities. Through partnerships with leading health organizations, the Red Sox have helped raise more than $156 million for cancer treatment and research for The Jimmy Fund, supported more than 30,000 veterans and their families suffering from the “invisible wounds of war” with the Home Base Program and helped the Dimock Center serve more than 20,000 patients each year with health and social services. The Foundation’s education and youth baseball programs have helped 325 Boston public school students obtain college scholarships and encourage healthy choices and valuable life skills in more than 2,000 young people each year. urban through its RBI baseball and softball program.