Governor Chafee and Red Sox Foundation to distribute first Rhode Island Red Sox Charity license plates Saturday

PROVIDENCE, RI – Several hundred Rhode Islanders will be the first in the state to obtain the newly made Rhode Island Red Sox charity license plates on Saturday, October 20, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Funds raised from the special plates will help expand the Red Sox Foundation’s Rhode Island Scholarship Award program, which provides college scholarships to Rhode Island public high school seniors.

Rhode Island drivers who were among the first 900 to order the plates have been invited to receive them at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, R.I. 

Rhode Islanders expected to participate are Governor Lincoln Chafee, Speaker of the House of Representatives Gordon Fox, State Representative Brian Kennedy, State Senator Maryellen Goodwin, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Counsel to the Red Sox Jim Skeffington, Red Sox Special Advisor Jeremy Kapstein, and Department of Motor Vehicles officials.

Red Sox Legend Jim Lonborg, Wally the Green Monster, and Red Sox Foundation representatives will also be on hand with the 2004 and 2007 World Series Trophies. Rhode Islanders picking up their plates will have an opportunity to take photos with the trophies, receive autographs from Lonborg, and win prizes as part of the day’s event.

“These exciting new Red Sox license plates are a home run for fans across Rhode Island and for the hardworking students participating in the Rhode Island Red Sox Scholarship Award program,” said Governor Chafee. “Signing up for these plates is a terrific way for Rhode Islanders to show their Red Sox pride while supporting a very good cause. I want to thank the Red Sox Foundation and the organization as a whole for their ongoing good work in our state. Rhode Island’s many members of Red Sox Nation are grateful.”                               

“Rhode Island has some of the most generous and loyal fans in Red Sox Nation, and through their support they will be helping talented, college-bound Rhode Island students with their college education costs,” said Red Sox Foundation Board member Linda Pizzuti Henry. “The new Red Sox charity plates will help recipients of the Rhode Island Red Sox Scholarship Award program. We are proud to honor high school students who have not only demonstrated their talent in the classroom, but also shown a commitment to their community.”

The location of the event, Mount Pleasant High School, is one of the 10 select Rhode Island public high schools with a Rhode Island Red Sox Scholarship Award recipient this year. In 2012, the Red Sox Foundation provided $1,000 scholarship awards to 10 Rhode Island public high school seniors who demonstrated academic talent, financial need, and a commitment to community service. In 2013, the Red Sox Foundation will expand the program to 20 public high schools in the state.

Rhode Island drivers interested in ordering a Red Sox license plate can visit www.redsoxfoundation.org to complete an application. Current Rhode Island Red Sox Scholarship Award winners and the 20 Rhode Island public high schools eligible in 2013 are attached.  

About the Red Sox Foundation

The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation harnesses the power of Red Sox Nation to support select programs serving at risk 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.