RED SOX FOUNDATION AND FOUNDATION TO BE NAMED LATER PARTNER FOR CHARITY DURING APRIL CUBS SERIES AT FENWAY PARK

RED SOX FOUNDATION AND FOUNDATION TO BE NAMED LATER PARTNER FOR CHARITY DURING APRIL CUBS SERIES AT FENWAY PARK

BOSTON, MA – The Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) today announced plans to partner for a weekend of charitable events on April 28 and 29 during the Red Sox-Cubs series at Fenway Park to raise funds for the two non-profits.

“Baseball Champions for Charity” will include a VIP reception and luncheon on Friday, April 28, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel featuring a panel discussion with Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, and former Red Sox and Cubs players Ryan Dempster and David Ross. The event, presented by [insert sponsor], will be moderated by MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons.

The following day, after the 4:05 p.m. game at Fenway Park, players and legends from both teams will attend a special edition of Hot Stove Cool Music at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. The evening will be one of the rare opportunities to view both the Red Sox and Cubs’ “curse-breaking” 2004 and 2016 World Series trophies on display together.

“We congratulate the Cubs on their success last October, and know that for many baseball fans, seeing these two historic World Series trophies side by side will be a unique and special opportunity,” said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. “There are few teams in sports with fan bases as devoted as those that follow the Red Sox and Cubs, and it will be immensely gratifying for our fans and our players to join forces on this special weekend in support of the worthy causes helped by the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation to Be Named Later.”

The Saturday night event will be emceed by award-winning actor, writer, and comedian Mike O’Malley, and includes a game show showdown between current Red Sox and Cubs players, followed by musical performances by three ensemble bands — the Boston All Stars, Band of Their Own, and the Chicago All Stars. A full list of participating musicians can be found at www.ftbnl.org

“It’s pretty cool to see the Red Sox and Cubs join forces to make a difference in the lives of Boston and Chicago youth,” said Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations/FTBNL Co-Founder Theo Epstein. “It’s shaping up to be a great weekend of competitive baseball on the field at Fenway and an epic weekend of baseball, music and giving back. I’m thankful to Tom, John, Sam and the Red Sox and humbled by the generosity of the players, bands and sponsors who donate their time, energy and most importantly their passion to help raise money to create opportunity for underserved kids in our communities.”

“The uniqueness of this event for baseball fans cannot be overstated,’’ said Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. “Two iconic franchises, both of whom have put to rest legendary curses, coming together not only on the field but to raise money for charity. I feel privileged to partner with my fellow Brookline High alumnus, Theo Epstein, and players from both teams in what should be an amazing weekend to support the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation to Be Named Later.’’

The Paradise Rock Club has been the site of the Foundation To Be Named Later’s Hot Stove Cool Music fundraiser since the event began in January 2000. The venue, which has hosted iconic bands like U2, R.E.M., and Billy Joel, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and once again donating the space and staff for the April 29 fundraiser.

All proceeds from “Baseball Champions for Charity” weekend will benefit the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later. Tickets to the general public for the luncheon and the Hot Stove Cool Music event will be available at a later date. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities can call 617-226-6440.

About the Red Sox Foundation
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has distributed over $93 million to support programs serving children and families across New England. The Foundation’s efforts are primarily focused on five cornerstone programs: the Red Sox Scholars Program, which provides tutoring, mentoring, enrichment programs and a college scholarship to academically talented but economically disadvantaged Boston public school students; the Red Sox Foundation’s RBI and Rookie League youth baseball and softball programs serving more than 2,000 inner city teens each summer; the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress and traumatic brain injury; The Dimock Center in Roxbury, serving more than 80,000 low-income families in Boston’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods; and The Jimmy Fund, supporting breakthrough cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Red Sox Foundation raises funds through special events, corporate sponsorships, and grants. Founded and initially funded by Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President/CEO Emeritus Larry Lucchino and their partners, the Red Sox Foundation has won numerous awards for the impact of its innovative programs. In 2010, the Foundation’s Red Sox Scholars program was recognized by Major League Baseball with the first-ever “MLB Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence.” In 2009, the Red Sox Foundation was honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project with the Patterson Award as the nation’s“Best Team Charity in Sports.” For more information about the foundation, visitredsoxfoundation.org.

About Hot Stove Cool Music
Hot Stove Cool Music is a biannual charity concert and musical variety show held in Boston in the winter and in Chicago in the summer months, making its debut in Chicago in summer 2012. The event was created in December of 2000 by Hall of Fame baseball journalist Peter Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. Over the past 17 years, Hot Stove Cool Music has become a staple on Boston’s entertainment calendar and has raised more than $9 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, the Jimmy Fund and other beneficiaries.

About Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) was launched in 2005 by Paul Epstein, a social worker in Boston, MA area and his twin brother, former Boston Red Sox Executive Vice President/General Manager and current Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. The mission of FTBNL is to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies, working on the front lines, serving youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston & Chicago. FTBNL invests in programs that teach leadership, education and healthy development of families.

Since inception, FTBNL has raised over $9 million and donated grants, scholarships, and in-kind donations to 301 non-profit organizations, 71 Peter Gammons College Scholars and has sent approximately 6,500 children, who would not otherwise get the chance to go to a game, to Cubs and Red Sox home games. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent 71 young people with high financial needs and high educational potential to the college of their choice. Each Gammons Scholar also gets an adult mentor and a laptop computer to ensure college success. For more information on Foundation To Be Named Later programs and events, or to make a donation, please visit www.foundationtobenamedlater.org.