"MassMutual is honored to be able to support the Buchholz Foundation and all of the great work it does for children and families with special needs," said John Vaccaro, senior vice president with MassMutual. "It is our hope that the Buchholz Bowl will be an even bigger success this year to help the foundation continue its mission."
From Boston to Hollywood, celebrities are showing strong support for the Foundation and its cause. Expected attendees for this year's event include actor/comedian Rob Riggle, (Dumb & Dumber To, 22 Jump Street, The Lorax, The Hangover and host of NFL on FOX), current and retired Red Sox players, Deal/No Deal models/entertainers, including Megan Abrigo and Lisa (Lakatos) Cusson, as well as other local personalities. A celebrity captain will lead each of the 16 corporate bowling teams to compete for the championship and win prizes, such as Clay Buchholz autographed jerseys, autographed bases and commemorative bowling pins.
Given the overwhelming response to last year's event, this year's event is being extended via social media to allow virtual participation from around the globe. SapientNitro, the digital strategy partner for the Buchholz Bowl and the Boston Red Sox, created the #HopeBowl campaign, leveraging the best of story and technology to engage and connect communities around the world.
Through the close of the event on July 31st, the Clay Buchholz Foundation will encourage fans from all over the world to join event attendees in lending support to children in need by uploading inspiring photos to Instagram and sharing words of encouragement on Twitter using the hashtag #HopeBowl. Through this social media campaign, together SapientNitro and the Clay Buchholz Foundation will help build one of the largest "virtual" blankets. The photos and messages collected will be live streamed during the Buchholz Bowl, creating a virtual mosaic that entwines the stories of everyone who participates. To extend this support beyond the evening, the photos used as part of this "virtual blanket" will be downloaded and sewn into physical blankets to be given to children in need.
"Clay and I have been incredibly blessed. It is a privilege to work with children and their families to provide support and hope through a challenging time," said co-founder Lindsay Buchholz. "We are overjoyed by the tremendous outpouring of support for this cause and are thrilled that we're able to extend the reach of this year's event to allow people around the world to participate in helping those in need, simply by sharing words of encouragement."
Communities around the world will "be the blanket" that comforts children during their time of need. Fans can use the hashtag #HopeBowl on Twitter and Instagram and follow @ClayBuchholzFdn to see how far the messages of hope travel.
Auction items for the event include: a ceremonial first pitch for a 2015 Red Sox game; commemorative team-signed 2013 World Series Red Sox jersey; a trip to New York City that includes a four-night stay at The New York Palace, tickets to Live with Kelly & Michael (with a personal meet/greet), tickets to America's Got Talent and four seats to a Broadway show of winner's choice; trips aboard JetBlue to Spring Training, Los Angeles and Las Vegas; jerseys signed by Derek Jeter, Tom Brady, Clay Buchholz, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, and Justin Verlander; as well as concert tickets to Zac Brown Band and Luke Bryan with backstage meet/greets and signed guitars.
Sponsor for the event include: Title Sponsor: MassMutual; MVP Sponsor: Mohegan Sun; Venue Sponsor: Lucky Strike Lanes; Digital Strategy Partner: SapientNitro; Airline Sponsor: JetBlue; Hotel Sponsor: Westin Boston Waterfont; After-Party Sponsors: Game On! Boston/Blazing Paddles, Mike the Boot Guy, Internal Vision; Lane Sponsors: Kilvert & Forbes Bakeshop, Oasis Systems, Portsmouth Ford/Wiscasset Ford/Portsmouth KIA, Sack Family Foundation; Half-Lane Sponsors: Tom & Nancy Colatosti, Marcraft Apparel, My Grandma's Coffeecakes, Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein & Bolno, LLP, Relativity Sports; Framing Sponsors: Fanatics/Mounted Memories, Providence Pictures Frame & Dryden Galleries; Print/Sign Sponsor: Advanced Graphics; Audio Sponsor: Guitar Center; Dessert Sponsors: Georgetown Cupcakes, Maggie's Sweets; Beer Sponsor: Budweiser; Embroidery Sponsor: GimaSport; Gift Bag Sponsors: L.L.Bean, FHI Heat, 47 Brand, Environ Skincare and Print Media Sponsor: Improper Bostonian.