Red Sox Foundation and Foundation To Be Named Later Partner for Charity

Partnership will occur during April series against Cubs at Fenway Park

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" weekend is presented by Think Energy, an ENGIE company, and will include a VIP reception and luncheon on Friday, April 28, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. The event will feature a discussion with the theme championship teams, and includes participation from Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, Red Sox and Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, and New York Yankees legend Bernie Williams (additional participants will be announced at a later date). The event will be moderated by MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons, and NESN anchor Tom Caron.    

The following day, after the 4:05 p.m. game at Fenway Park, players and legends from both teams will attend and participate in a special Red Sox and Cubs edition of Hot Stove Cool Music, a benefit concert and VIP party at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston celebrating music, baseball, and giving back. 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 Hot Stove All Stars, Band of Their Own, and the Chicago Hot Stove All Stars. A full list of participating musicians can be found at 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 these events 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.

"As the official electricity supplier for both the Red Sox and Cubs, we couldn't be more honored to support 'Baseball Champions for Charity' weekend and are excited at the opportunity to come together for such a great cause," said John Henderson, head of Think Energy as Senior Vice President of Retail Markets at ENGIE Resources. "ENGIE has a rich tradition of supporting important civic programs at multiple levels, and we're proud to carry on that practice through this unique event."  

All proceeds from the "Baseball Champions for Charity" weekend will benefit the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later. General Admission tickets to the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert will be announced at a later date. Those interested in tickets to the luncheon, VIP tickets to the Hot Stove Cool Music event, and sponsorship opportunities may call 617-226-6334.