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Red Sox players, officials to engage in community efforts through Sunday

BOSTON, MA - The Red Sox Foundation and the club's Community Relations Department will participate in four days of events and programs during this homestand. The Red Sox play the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays tonight through Sunday, June 1.

Dedication of Red Sox/Jimmy Fund Gallery and Auditorium, Thursday, May 29

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Tomorrow at 5 p.m., Red Sox and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute leaders will celebrate their longstanding partnership by unveiling a new sign on Brookline Avenue on the outside of the Charles A. Dana Building; by unveiling a new Boston Red Sox Jimmy Fund Gallery featuring a 3-D display in the Dana Building lobby that chronicles the history of the relationship; and by cutting the ribbon on a newly re-named Boston Red Sox Jimmy Fund Auditorium that includes Red Sox memorabilia.

The Red Sox' association with the cancer institute dates back to 1947, when Hall of Famer Ted Williams began visiting patients, often before arriving at the ballpark just up the street. The club adopted the Jimmy Fund as its official team charity in 1953, when the Braves, now of Atlanta, moved from Boston to Milwaukee. The flourishing partnership between the team and the charity is the longest in the history of professional sports.

The Jimmy Fund is a key beneficiary of the Red Sox Foundation.

Baseball and Softball Equipment Collection, Friday, May 30-Sunday, June 1

The Red Sox will again partner with Kids Gear for Baseball to host a baseball and softball equipment collection during the upcoming series versus Tampa Bay. From Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, fans are invited to drop off new and used baseball and softball equipment outside all Fenway Park gates. Fans who donate will have the opportunity to win autographed memorabilia and other prizes.

Kids Gear for Baseball is a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization that distributes equipment to children in need. The organization has donated to more than 30 youth organizations, shelters, and missions over the last several years.

24 Children to Pitch, Hit, and Run at Fenway, Saturday, May 31

From 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Fenway Park, 24 Little Leaguers from throughout New England will participate in Major League Baseball's "Pitch, Hit & Run" program, a free skills clinic giving boys and girls the opportunity to compete in four levels of competition. The National Finals take place the MLB All-Star Game. The participating children will be recognized during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before Saturday's 7:15 p.m. game against Tampa Bay.

David Ortiz's World Series MVP Award Fixes a Field in Dorchester, Saturday, May 31

At 10:30 a.m. members of the Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation will attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for three refurbished baseball fields at McConnell Park in Dorchester. One of the fields was restored through a donation from Chevrolet, who awarded funds on behalf of David Ortiz to commemorate his 2013 World Series Most Valuable Player Award. The Red Sox Foundation provided additional funding to support the Boston Parks and Recreation department's renovation of two additional fields. The fields are the home of the Savin Hill Little League.

Craig Breslow Addresses Young Ballplayers Saturday, May 31

Craig Breslow will speak to the Canton Little League and Girls Fast Pitch Softball teams at Kennedy Fields in Canton from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Little Leaguers participated in Breslow's "Play it Forward" campaign, a program launched by the Yale graduate's "Strike 3 Foundation" to engage children to come up with ideas to help other kids battling cancer.

Try on World Series Rings at Fenway Park, Saturday, May 31

The Red Sox Foundation will give fans the opportunity to try on the 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series rings at Fenway Park from 3 to 5 p.m. to raise funds for the foundation and promote its World Series Ring Raffle. Those interested in attending may enter the ballpark through Gate E and are asked to purchase a raffle ticket on site to gain entry. Raffle tickets start at $10 and include five chances to win. The funds benefit such foundation programs as the Jimmy Fund, the Home Base Program, the Dimock Center, RBI, and the Red Sox Scholars program.

Red Sox Scholars Class of 2014 to be Inducted and First College Graduates Celebrated, Sunday, June 1

Ten new Red Sox Scholars will be inducted into the program during a ceremony before Sunday's 1:35 p.m. game against Tampa Bay. The rising 8th graders will be joined by many of the 230 other students in the program, including those who are graduating from high school and the first students to graduate from college. The Red Sox Scholars Program, presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and run by the team charity, provides mentoring, enrichment activities and college scholarships to academically-talented, financially-disadvantaged students from Boston Public Schools.   

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