BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Red Sox and Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig today announced that on behalf of Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), the Red Sox Foundation, and members of Red Sox Nation, a $646,500 contribution will be made to The One Fund Boston, the non-profit organization set up by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Governor Deval Patrick to help the people most affected by the tragic events in Boston on April 15.
The donation to The One Fund includes a $100,000 contribution from the Red Sox, a $500,000 contribution from MLB and the MLBPA, and a $46,500 check from the Red Sox Foundation as a result of donations made at Fenway Park this weekend by Red Sox fans. A set of checks for this amount was presented to Mayor Menino today by Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and DH David Ortiz.
"Major League Baseball and all of our Clubs stand alongside the Red Sox in extending our deepest condolences to the victims and the families who have been impacted by this senseless tragedy," said Commissioner Selig. "All of us are grateful to the first responders, doctors, volunteers, city officials and the many who have been instrumental in helping save lives in this great American city. We commend the people of Boston on their remarkable strength and solidarity, and the national pastime is honored to contribute to the recovery."
"Baseball has become an integral part of the Patriot's Day celebrations here in Boston," said Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry. "When the game ends, many of the more than 37,000 fans walk from Fenway Park to the finish line to cheer the Marathon runners on Boylston Street. This tragedy directly affected many of our most ardent fans. We continue to send our sympathies to all who have felt the impact of these terribly sad events."
"We are inspired by Mayor Menino, who has taken the lead in raising money for the many victims of this atrocity. We are also grateful to the Commissioner for his leadership and generosity," said Werner, who also serves as Chairman of the Red Sox Foundation. "Baseball is a vital social institution with important community responsibilities and obligations. We look forward to working with the Mayor, the Governor, and Major League Baseball as we continue to offer support to the many who were affected but Monday's tragic events."
The donation comes after many teams paid tribute to the Patriots Day tragedy through gestures of solidarity during their games, such as playing Sweet Caroline and even the theme song from Cheers.
"We are grateful to our colleagues in baseball for reaching out as they did after the horrible events on April 15," said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. "Their gestures of camaraderie - even from some of our biggest rivals - and their generous support means a great deal to our team and to this entire community. The contribution to the Mayor's One Fund Boston is one important way baseball will help those most affected by Monday's events. As essential is the role it will play in bringing people together. It was that way at Yankee stadium after 9/11, and we are proud that Fenway Park was such a place for Boston and New England yesterday."
In addition to the $646,500 donation, the Red Sox, MLB, and MLBPA will continue to raise funds and awareness for those affected by Monday's events. Major League Baseball will encourage fans to donate to The One Fund throughout all national telecasts on FOX, ESPN, TBS, and MLB Network, and will promote the charity with signage behind home plate. Redsox.com, MLB.com, and mlbplayers.com will also be promoting the Fund and accepting donations online.
The Red Sox and MLB will also donate one hundred percent of proceeds from baseball caps featuring the 'B Strong' with the Red Sox 'B' to The One Fund. The hats were created with 47 Brand, the licensed partner of MLB.