Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hood kicks off Red Sox Foundation donation campaign, blimp is honored guest

(rear) Hood Blimp (front, left to right) Tim Wakefield, Michael Egan
Hood has officially announced a $1 donation to the Red Sox Foundation for every carton of Hood Red Sox “Champions” Ice Cream sold between now and the end of this year’s baseball season. The donation was revealed Sunday by Hood and Tim Wakefield, Red Sox Foundation Honorary Chairman and former Red Sox pitcher, at a private event with the Hood Blimp in Beverly to celebrate Hood’s long-standing relationship with the Boston Red Sox.

“Together with Hood, the Red Sox Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of local youth,” said Mike Egan, board member for the Red Sox Foundation. “This donation from Hood Red Sox Ice Cream will enable our organization to further its mission to serve the health, education, recreation and social service needs of children and families in need across New England.”

The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has distributed over $68 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 40,000 low-income families in Boston’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods; and The Jimmy Fund, supporting breakthrough cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

(rear) Hood Blimp (front, left to right) Tim Wakefield, Lynne Bohan, Michael Egan
“We are always looking for ways to give back to the community, and this special donation allows New Englanders to contribute with us,” said Lynne Bohan, vice president of communications and government affairs at Hood. “We are thrilled to take our long-standing partnership with the Red Sox to the next level by supporting this worthy cause.”

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 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, visit redsoxfoundation.org.





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