BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox and the Red Sox Foundation today announced the 61st and 62nd recipients of the “100 Acts of Kindness,” a program that recognizes and supports the work of charitable organizations throughout New England during Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary season.
Charitable institutions that will be recognized include:
Gotta Have Sole Foundation: Tomorrow, August 28, at 11:00 a.m., Red Sox staff members, in partnership with New Balance, will donate 100 New Balance sneakers to the Gotta Have Sole Foundation in Rhode Island. Started in 2010 by now 14 year-old Nick Lowinger of Cranston, R.I., the Gotta Have Sole Foundation collects brand new shoes for children in homeless shelters from shoe manufacturers, retailers, churches, temples and individuals. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has donated new footwear to over 5300 children in 11 states throughout the U.S. The organization’s mission is to outfit as many children as possible living in homeless shelters with new sneakers. For more information about the Gotta Have Sole Foundation, visit gottahavesole.org.
The Jimmy Fund Clinic: On August 29, patients from the Jimmy Fund Clinic and their families will have the rare opportunity to watch a movie on the Fenway Park video boards from the outfield grass. Some 50 patients and their families will watch a baseball themed film while enjoying drinks and popcorn donated by Aramark, the Fenway Park concessionaire. The act is part of Jimmy Fund Month, during which the Red Sox have supported the partnership that began in 1953 by raising funds and enhancing care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Designed specifically for the comfort and convenience of pediatric cancer patients and their families, the Jimmy Fund Clinic is one of the world's premier centers for pediatric cancer research and treatment.
With the completion of these Acts of Kindness, the number of special recipients of the “100 Acts of Kindness” will total 62, with a final goal of completing 100 by the end of 2012.
About the 100 Acts of Kindness: As a way to highlight and support the important work done by the many charitable institutions throughout New England and beyond, the Red Sox are engaging in “100 Acts of Kindness” with various not-for-profit organizations during the 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park in 2012. These acts will take on a number of different forms, including donations, volunteer efforts, and hosting community events. Each act will be designed to highlight organizations and causes throughout New England. Red Sox ownership, players, alumni, and staff will participate. Additional acts will be announced throughout 2012, culminating with 100 by the end of this 100th Anniversary year.