Senet Earns Spot on Prestigious 2017 FierceWireless “Fierce 15”

Recognition from Leading Industry Publication Affirms Senet’s IoT Strategy and Leadership

Portsmouth, NH – Senet, a leading provider of global connectivity and a cloud-based software and services platform to enable network build-out for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced it has landed a coveted spot on the FierceWireless “Fierce 15” for 2017, a listing of the most innovative and influential emerging companies across the broad spectrum of the wireless industry. To qualify for the “Fierce 15”, a company must be privately held, well-funded, emerging and have the potential to be a major player in the industry. Candidates are either based in the U.S. or conduct a significant amount of business in the U.S.

This honor from FierceWireless underscores Senet’s role as an IoT leader and cements the fact that the open, global LoRaWAN standard for network connectivity has gained favor over competing options, including closed ecosystem proprietary technologies. Senet sees this recognition as confirmation of its strategy to operate a world-class LoRa network and provide Managed Network Services that allow global operators and IoT solution providers to rapidly commercialize and deliver low cost, long technology lifecycles and secure IoT connectivity across a wide range of markets.

“This is a prestigious moment for our company, our brand and our employees who have worked hard to put Senet at the leading edge of IoT communications technology,” said Senet CEO & President, Bruce Chatterley. “This honor from a top industry publication like FierceWireless provides great motivation to continue our mission of becoming the standard ubiquitous IoT network that helps businesses revolutionize their operations.”

The IoT is quickly becoming a mass market as companies look to connect a vast range of devices beyond wired and powered environments, and FierceWireless recognizes Senet as a company poised to lead the way. Senet has deep expertise in network design gained from operating the largest public LoRa network in North America and holds unique intellectual property in highly scalable, operator focused, IoT centric, cloud-based OSS/BSS systems.

Senet has combined these two assets to create a unique Managed Network Services for IoT solution, allowing operators and application providers to outsource much of the process of designing, building and operating an IoT network anywhere in the world. With this service, Senet has turned up new networks and business models for its customers in as little as three months. These services, coupled with a robust developer community and partnerships to drive large scale IoT deployments across global markets, have clearly set Senet apart in the highly competitive IoT and wireless industry.

Meet with Senet at Mobile World Congress Americas, San Francisco, September 12-14, 2017

Senet will be exhibiting at Mobile World Congress Americas in the LoRa Alliance booth (N620/S4 in the North Hall M2M Zone at the Moscone Center) and our executive team will be on site to meet:

  • Network-as-a-Service: We would be thrilled to discuss how Senet can support your large-scale solution deployments in Utilities, Municipalities, Industrial/Enterprise IoT and other areas.
  • Wireless and Cable Operators: Senet’s Managed Network Services for IoT (MNSI) is the only cloud-based software and services platform built by an operator for operators. If you are either a Domestic or International operator interested in exploring our MNSI model for LoRaWAN, let’s talk.
  • System Integrators: Learn about our dedicated program for IoT System Integrators and how LoRaWAN can provide significant business value to your customers today.

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About Senet, Inc.
Senet is the leader in global Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity used to instrument the physical world and enable businesses to revolutionize their operations. With core values centered around changing the world for the better, Senet is committed to promoting IoT Network and Network Management innovation, and supports an open partner ecosystem to ensure that IoT realizes its full potential of delivering economic, environmental, and social improvements. A contributing member of the LoRa Alliance™, Senet is dedicated to supporting the LoRaWAN™ protocol as the open global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) connectivity for IoT solutions across all industries. For additional information, visit http://www.senetco.com.

Red Sox Foundation Picnic in the Park Again a Winner For Fans, New England Charities

Thousands of Dollars raised to help 47,000 Children served by DCF

Boston, MA – The field at Fenway Park is hallowed ground. The chance to watch a game played on it is special to all Red Sox and baseball fans. But the opportunity to go onto the lawn and celebrate the day with a picnic on the storied turf is something altogether unique and an occasion to be cherished.

The 12th annual Picnic in the Park, presented by Ace Ticket, Aramark, Kayem, HP Hood, and Home Goods took place an hour after the July 30 Red Sox-Royals game on a glorious sunny late Sunday afternoon.

The Red Sox Foundation Picnic in the Park has become a summer ritual in Boston with Red Sox fans of all ages flocking to the field their heroes play on to enjoy an early dinner on the grass, as well as the chance to get autographs from Red Sox players and coaches and help various charities.

Fans were granted access to the outfield for the picnic itself, an hour after the game. Fans with an “MVP” ticket also received a bleacher seat, an autographed ball from a Red Sox legend and the chance to take a picture with the 2004, ’07 and ’13 World Series trophies.

The best part for many of the fans who paid the premium to spend an hour or two on the field is walking away knowing they’ve made a substantial contribution to organizations that help those in need in the Boston community.

Proceeds from the latest edition of Picnic in the Park will benefit each of the five New England sports team charities, including the Red Sox Foundation, the Boston Bruins Foundation, the Shamrock Foundation, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and the New England Revolution Foundation.

But perhaps the most significant beneficiary of the Picnic in the Park was the DCF Kids Fund. The Kids Fund provides basic necessities and enrichment opportunities to 47,000 children served by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

One of the highlights every year is the 55-minute autograph session with Red Sox players, who wait along the warning track to sign for fans. There was also a performance from Blue Man Group, a BBQ dinner on the outfield, goodie bags and a live auction of one-of-a-kind player-donated experiences from Red Sox players and their wives.

 

IT Security Professionals Foresee an Escalation in DDoS Attacks Throughout the Rest of 2017

Financially motivated criminal extortion un-mitigated threats are the types of
forthcoming DDoS attacks that have garnered security professionals’ attention

Marlborough, MA – IT security professionals predict that DDoS attacks will get larger and more significant in the year ahead, and are already preparing for attacks that could cause outages worldwide, according to new research from Corero Network Security (LSE: CNS), a leading provider of real-time DDoS defense solutions.

Many in the industry expect to see a significant escalation of DDoS attacks during the year ahead, with some (38%) predicting that there could even be worldwide Internet outages during 2017. But reassuringly, the vast majority of security teams (70%) are already taking steps to stay ahead of these threats, such as putting business continuity measures in place to allow their organizations to continue operating in the event of worldwide attacks.

More than a third (38%) of respondents to the survey, which polled around 100 security professionals at the Infosecurity Europe conference in London, believe that the next DDoS attack will be financially motivated. Despite continued discussions about nation state attackers, security professionals believe that criminal extortionists are the most likely group to inflict a DDoS attack against their organizations, with 38% expecting attacks to be financially motivated. By contrast, just 11% believe that hostile nations would be behind a DDoS attack against their organization.

This financial motivation explains why almost half of those surveyed (46%) expect to be targeted by a DDoS-related ransom demand over the next 12 months. Worryingly, 62% believe it is likely or possible that their leadership team would pay.

Despite continued advice that victims should not pay a ransom, a worrying number of security professionals seem to believe that their leadership teams would still consider making a payment in the event of an attack,” said Ashley Stephenson, CEO of Corero Network Security. Corporations need to be proactive and invest in their cyber security defences against DDoS and Ransomware to protect themselves against such extortion.”

Hidden attacks
While high-bandwidth DDoS attacks continue to dominate the headlines, security professionals are also worried about the smaller, low-volume DDoS attacks of less than 30 minutes in duration. These ‘Trojan Horse’ DDoS attacks typically go un-mitigated by most legacy DDoS mitigation solutions but are frequently used by hackers as a distraction mechanism for additional attacks.

According to the survey results, less than a third (30%) of IT security teams have enough visibility into their networks to mitigate attacks of less than 30 minutes. A much larger volume of respondents (63%) are also worried about the hidden effects of these attacks on their networks, such as undetected data theft – particularly with the GDPR deadline fast-approaching, where organizations could be fined up to 4% of global turnover in the event of a data breach.

The Tide is turning against ISPs
Continued discussions related to the role ISPs play in DDoS mitigation, have led nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) to expect regulatory pressure to be applied against ISPs who are perceived to be not protecting their customers against DDoS threats. But interestingly, only a quarter of those surveyed (25%) believe their ISP is to blame for not mitigating DDoS attacks. Most of those surveyed (60%) consider their own security teams to be responsible.

 “While most in the IT security industry wouldn’t expect their ISP to automatically protect them against DDoS attacks, there is a growing trend to blame upstream providers for not being more proactive when it comes to DDoS defence,” continues Stephenson. “To help their cause, ISPs could do more to position themselves as leading the charge against DDoS attacks, both in terms of protecting their own networks, and by offering more comprehensive solutions to their customers as a paid-for, managed service.”

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About Corero Network Security
Corero Network Security is the leader in real-time, high-performance DDoS defense solutions. Service providers, hosting providers and online enterprises rely on Corero’s award winning technology to eliminate the DDoS threat to their environment through automatic attack detection and mitigation, coupled with complete network visibility, analytics and reporting. This industry leading technology provides cost effective, scalable protection capabilities against DDoS attacks in the most complex environments while enabling a more cost effective economic model than previously available. For more information, visit www.corero.com.

Santander and New England Revolution Announce 2017 Santander Soccer Scholars Program

Fourth Annual Sweepstakes Honors Local Students’ Dedication in Class
and on the Field with New England Revolution VIP Match Day Experience

Boston, MA Santander Bank and the New England Revolution today announced the return of the Santander Soccer Scholars program for its fourth consecutive year. Through its role as the Official Bank of the New England Revolution and to celebrate its commitment to supporting education, Santander will honor local students for their achievements on and off the field. Now through the end of the 2017 Major League Soccer regular season, the Santander Soccer Scholars program invites adults to nominate students, ages six through 17, for the chance to win a unique VIP Match Day experience with the New England Revolution.

Santander invites fans and families to kick off the Soccer Scholars program with a free youth soccer clinic at Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields on the Charles River Esplanade. The event, hosted by the Revolution and The Esplanade Association, will feature skills and drills sessions with New England Revolution Academy coaches, photo and autograph opportunities with Revolution players, games, prizes and more. For more details on the public event, please visit the New England Revolution Facebook events page.

“One of our top priorities at Santander is to support education initiatives in the communities where our customers and colleagues live and work,” said Michael Bruno, Santander Bank Region President for Northeastern New England. “The Soccer Scholars Program is a great way for us to reward students’ hard work and dedication in the classroom and on the soccer pitch. We hope that honoring their academic achievements will inspire students to continue pursuing their academic goals.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, Santander has recognized more than 30 scholars from throughout New England, who were selected at random through an online sweepstakes. For the 2017 Soccer Scholars program, now through October 5, 2017, adults can nominate a deserving student via an online entry form. Thirty-five first prize winners, selected at random, will receive the VIP Match Day experience, including four tickets to a designated New England Revolution home match, an on-field photo opportunity with a Revs player, and the opportunity to stand on the sidelines and cheer on the team as they take the field. One grand prize winner will receive a visit to his or her school from Revolution star players, along with mascot Slyde and the Revs Battalion.  The grand prize winner will also receive $500 towards their education, in addition to the VIP Match Day experience.

“We’re excited to once again partner with Santander to honor the achievements of local youth in the classroom and on the field,” said New England Revolution President, Brian Bilello. “We look forward to motiving budding soccer stars and to recognizing their academic dedication on match day.”

Santander is proud to be the Official Bank of the New England Revolution, now playing its 22nd season. The first Soccer Scholars honoree will be recognized at the Revs Home Game on July 22nd when the Revs take on the NY Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium.

For more information on the Santander Soccer Scholars program, visit www.revolutionsoccer.net/santander-soccer-scholars.

Santander Soccer Scholars Rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT, 18 years old or older. This Sweepstakes began on July 3, 2017 and ends on October 5, 2017. For Official Rules, prize descriptions, and odds disclosure, visit revolutionsoccer.net/santander-soccer-scholars. Sponsor: Kraft Soccer LLC, One Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035.

About Santander Bank
Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the country’s largest retail and commercial banks with more than $83 billion in assets. With its corporate offices in Boston, the Bank’s 9,500 employees, more than 650 branches, 2,100 ATMs and 2.1 million customers are principally located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Madrid-based Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE: SAN) – one of the most respected banking groups in the world with more than 125 million customers in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. It is managed by Santander Holdings USA, Inc., Banco Santander’s intermediate holding company in the U.S. For more information on Santander Bank, please visit www.santanderbank.com. 

About the New England Revolution
The New England Revolution is one of Major League Soccer’s original clubs, having competed in the league’s inaugural season of 1996. The Revolution are owned and operated by the Kraft Family, which also owns and operates the New England Patriots of the National Football League, and Gillette Stadium. Commonly known as the Revs, the club has won the Eastern Conference Championship five times – including three straight from 2005 to 2007 – while advancing to the Eastern Conference Championship an MLS-record six straight years from 2002 until 2007. The Revolution, who won the 2007 U.S. Open Cup and the 2008 SuperLiga titles, are based in Foxborough, Massachusetts and play their home games at Gillette Stadium. For more information about the Revolution, please visit the club’s official website www.revolutionsoccer.net or interact with the Revs on their various social media platforms by using the hashtag #NERevs: Twitter (@NERevolution), Facebook (NERevolution), Goggle+ (+NERevolution), Instagram (NERevolution), Vine (NERevolution), Pinterest (NERevolution) or YouTube (NERevolutionSoccer).

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Media Contacts:
Sarah Rich, Elevate Communications:401-525-1266, srich@elevatecom.com

 

Santander Launches Ultimate Cash Back Credit Card: First Consumer Card To Offer Unlimited 1.5% Cash Back Rewards On All Purchases With No Annual Or Transaction Fees

Ultimate Cardholders Will Earn and Save with Cash Back Across All Categories and No Cap

Boston, MA – Earning cash back on everyday purchases has become much easier with Santander Bank’s newest credit card – the Ultimate Cash Back℠ Credit Card – with consumer benefits that truly live up to its name. Introduced today, Santander’s new Ultimate Cash Back Credit Card is the only credit card that earns cardholders an unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases with no cap and no annual or transaction fees.*

“The Ultimate Cash Back Credit Card is the most straightforward card on the market. With easy-to-understand rewards and no surprise restrictions buried in fine print, whether cardholders are dining out, gassing up the car, buying groceries, or making any number of routine purchases, big or small, they will get 1.5% of their money back without paying any hidden fees,” said Ravi Acharya, Head of Consumer Lending and Innovation at Santander Bank.

He added, “We designed the Ultimate Cash Back Credit Card to take the guessing out of cash back rewards. Consumer research tells us that credit card users want a flexible, easy-to-use credit card that doesn’t nickel and dime them with unnecessary fees and ensures they’re going to earn money back on their purchases. At Santander, we want our customers to have the best possible experience when using our products and the Ultimate card is one of our many new initiatives that truly makes banking with Santander effortless.”

Ultimate benefits of the Ultimate Cash Back Credit Card include:

  • Unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases across all categories with no cap.
  • No fees in five common categories – more than any comparable competing product:
    • No annual credit card fee
    • No foreign transaction fee
    • No balance transfer fee
    • No cash advance fee
    • No returned payment fee
  • $100 cash back bonus after spending $500 on new purchases within the first 90 days of activating and using the card.
  • Low introductory Annual Percentage Rate (APR)** for the first 12 billing cycles on balance transfers made within the first 90 days of activating and using the card with NO balance transfer fee.

Santander is committed to providing customers with financial products and services that best suit their individual needs. The Bank recently announced customers can add their Santander credit and debit cards to Apple Pay, giving them an easy, secure and private way to make payments at participating merchants in stores, apps and on the web using their Apple devices. Santander has also expanded its mobile platform, introducing user-friendly upgrades and adding new features that make navigation easier. The Bank will be adding more features and enhancements to its consumer mobile app throughout 2017.

For more information on the Santander Ultimate Cash Back Credit Card, check eligibility or learn how to apply, please visit: www.santanderbank.com/ultimate.

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About Santander Bank
Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the country’s largest retail and commercial banks with more than $83 billion in assets. With its corporate offices in Boston, the Bank’s 9,500 employees, more than 650 branches, 2,100 ATMs and 2.1 million customers are principally located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Madrid-based Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE: SAN) – one of the most respected banking groups in the world with more than 125 million customers in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. It is managed by Santander Holdings USA, Inc., Banco Santander’s intermediate holding company in the U.S. For more information on Santander Bank, please visit www.santanderbank.com.

*Late payment and interest charges may still apply. Retail purchases refers specifically to net new retail purchases, which does not include purchases returned, balance transfers, cash advances, including purchases of money orders or other cash equivalents, purchases made by or for a business purpose, fees, interest charges, unauthorized/fraudulent transactions. Certain other charges do not earn cash back credit.  Accounts must be in good standing to redeem cash back rewards.

**3% introductory Annual Percentage Rate (APR) for 12 billing cycles on balance transfers made within 90 days of opening your account. After the introductory period, a variable APR for balance transfers from 15.24% to 24.24%, based on the Prime Rate and your creditworthiness, with a transaction fee for each balance transfer of $0. There is no grace period on balance transfers. Also if you take a balance transfer offer, this means that unless your purchase APR is at an introductory or promotional 0% APR, you will pay interest on new purchases from the date made if you do not pay all balances, including the promotional balance transfer, in full by the next payment due date appearing on your statement. Variable APR for purchases from 15.24% to 24.24%, based on your creditworthiness when you open your account. Cash advance APR of 25.74%. Minimum finance charge of $1.50. Penalty APR of 30.74%, which may apply indefinitely to your account if you miss payments or otherwise default. Rates effective as of 06/01/2017. Rates are subject to change. 1.5% cash back via statement credit on net new retail purchases with no limits on how much you can earn. Earn $100 cash back via statement credit after you spend $500 on net new retail purchases within the first 90 days of opening your account. This credit can take up to 6 weeks to be processed. Late payment fee and finance charges will still apply.

Media Contacts
Stacy Clougherty, Elevate Communications:508-971-7594, sclougherty@elevatecom.com
Ann Davis, Santander Bank:617-757-5891, ann.davis@santander.us

 

 

 

Rory McIlroy Returns For Another Run at TPC Boston in 2017 PGA Dell Technologies Championship

2012, ’16 Champ calls Norton course “a great place for me” and “can’t wait to get back”

Norton, MA – Some golf courses were just made for some golfers. TPC Boston in Norton is one of those places for Rory McIlroy. The 28-year-old from Northern Ireland is looking to become the first three-time winner at the venue on Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 4) in the Dell Technologies Championship. This is the first-year Dell EMC enters as the title sponsor of the popular and unique PGA Tour stop that begins on a Friday and ends on Labor Day

“With Dell’s involvement, we’ve been able to increase our local charitable impact, enhance the overall fan experience, and move around some of our upgraded ticket venues to new locations that will provide better views of the competition,” said Rich Brady, TPC Boston Tournament Director. “We’ll also be able to showcase the products of Dell Technologies, most notably through a virtual reality golf experience that all fans will be able to enjoy when they take a break from the action.”

Last year, McIlroy overcame a six-shot deficit by shooting 66 and 65, respectively, on the final two days to edge out Paul Casey by two strokes for his second career win at TPC Boston. He also won the title in 2012 with a final score of 264.

“TPC Boston has been a great place for me in the past, a place I feel very comfortable at and the kind of golf course I’ve played well on, and to get that win last year was awesome. So, great memories,” McIlroy said at the tournament’s media day. “I play the golf course very well. I’m excited to get there this year and see a couple of changes that they’ve made on 12 and 13. Yeah, just great memories from 2012 and obviously last year, and can’t wait to get back.”

Vijay Singh (2004, ’08) is the only other golfer to post multiple titles in the 14 previous PGA events held at TPC Boston on Labor Day weekend.

“Yeah, I mean, there’s a lot of memories, even starting from the Sunday, in the third round, I shot a really good score,” McIlroy recalled. “I nearly made a double eagle at the last hole, finished off the round really well with an eagle. “It’s not as if I went into the final round thinking I had a real shot at winning the tournament. Paul Casey was playing really well. He had a few-shot lead.

“But the final day last year it was tough. It was blustery. It was breezy. You know, and it was hard to shoot a low score, and it was easy to shoot something 2- or 3-over, and that’s what happened. I played one of the best rounds I played all year. I shot 65 on the final day in tough conditions, and when I had a chance to win, I kept my foot on the gas, and I really went for it. I hadn’t had a win on the PGA TOUR all season up until that point, and yeah, once I felt like I had a chance, I sort of tried to reach out and grab it with both hands.”

Dell EMC steps in as the event’s title sponsor. The company has big goals for using the tournament to make big contributions in the Boston community.

“Dell has a program called Legacy of Good,” said Bill Scannell, president of global enterprise sales and customer operations for Dell EMC. “It’s all-around helping focus on our employees, the environment, and society in general and helping with human progress through technology. This year we’re thrilled to have three terrific charities that we’re going to be supporting. The first is the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, which I’m sure everyone is familiar with.

“The second is not as well known. It’s the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, and it’s a charity that I’ve been particularly involved with for 25, 30 years, and they just do a terrific job of keeping children safe, giving them a place to hang out and to get away from the streets of Dorchester. And then the third charity, which is part of — and rich will talk more about this, is part of Arnie’s March, is the Mass General Hospital For Children. So three great programs, three great charities, and we’re thrilled to be helping out with those.”

 

Football Makes Its Triumphant Return to Fenway Park This November in The Fenway Gridiron Series Presented By Your Call Football

Fenway Park may be known for baseball as the home of the Boston Red Sox, but football has a long history at the ballpark dating back to its opening in 1912. Fenway Park went nearly a half century without the diamond being transformed to the gridiron, but that changed in 2015 when Notre Dame played Boston College and local high schools took the field for their traditional Thanksgiving Day football games. Fenway Park won’t go another 47 years without the pigskin as football returns this November in the Fenway Gridiron Series presented by Your Call Football.

The Fenway Gridiron Series presented by Your Call Football will feature marquee matchups of New England’s premier college football programs. The University of Connecticut will host Boston College on Saturday, November 18. On Friday, November 10, Brown University hosts Dartmouth College in a matchup between two New England Ivy League schools. The following day, Saturday, November 11, the University of Massachusetts will host the University of Maine.

“Fenway Park is an iconic New England landmark and we are excited about the unique opportunity to play a football game there,” said Brown University Director of Athletics Jack Hayes. “It will be an unforgettable experience for our team members, alumni, and fans.”

Playing football at Fenway Park will have special meaning for each of the schools and their fan bases. This will be the first football game at Fenway Park for UConn, UMass and Maine, while Dartmouth and Brown have each taken the gridiron at Fenway twice before. Boston College leads the group of schools competing, as this November will be the 77th football game at Fenway for the Eagles.

“The historic prestige and legendary status of Fenway Park make this such a special and unique opportunity for the University of Maine and one we are excited to share with our student-athletes, staff, fans and alumni,” said UMaine Athletic Director Karlton Creech.

Newton-based Your Call Football will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Fenway Gridiron Series. The interactive technology company will be demonstrating its soon-to-be-launched game and app which will offer gamers and football fans the chance to control a live sporting event and compete on their play-calling skills.

“We are thrilled to partner with an innovative company in Your Call Football as the title sponsor of the Fenway Gridiron Series,” said Mark Lev, Managing Director of Fenway Sports Management. “Fenway Park has a rich history with football and we are pleased to partner with a company that is helping to bring the sport into the future.”

Tickets and additional information about the Fenway Gridiron Series presented by Your Call Football are available at redsox.com/gridiron.

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Charity Events During Red Sox-Cubs Series Raise More Than $725,000 For Boston And Chicago Youth Scholarship Programs

Boston, MA – The Red Sox Foundation, Chicago Cubs Charities, and The Foundation To Be Named Later have raised over $725,000 to benefit scholarship programs for Boston and Chicago youth after a weekend of charitable events during the Red Sox-Cubs series at Fenway Park. The two teams partnered through their foundation’s for “Baseball Champions for Charity Weekend,” presented by Think Energy, and organized fundraising events and opportunities on each day of the three-game series taking place April 28 to April 30.

The weekend began with a reception and luncheon on Friday, April 28, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, featuring a panel of baseball legends including Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, Red Sox Hall of Fame catcher Jason Varitek, Red Sox/Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, and New York Yankees legend Bernie Williams discussing what it takes to build a championship team.  MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons and NESN anchor Tom Caron moderated the panel.

Saturday night, a special Red Sox-Cubs edition of “Hot Stove Cool Music” took place at the Paradise Rock Club headlined by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, and featuring musical performances by Gammons, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Red Sox Baseball Operations V.P. Zack Scott, Cubs Broadcaster Len Kasper, and Chicago and Boston rockers: Paul Ahlstrand, Phil Aiken, Walt Bostian (The New England Brass), Dave Brophy, Chris Cote (The Upper Crust/Giant Kings), Max Crawford and Dag Juhlin (Poi Dog Pondering); Will Dailey, Jenny Dee (Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents), former Red Sox Pitcher Lenny DiNardo, Tanya Donelly and Gail Greenwood (Belly); Gerald Dowd (Robbie Fulks), Dean Falcone, Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo), Josh Kantor (Boston Red Sox Organist), Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom), Hilken Mancini and Chris Toppin (Fuzzy); Curt Morrison (Tributosaurus), Tom Polce, Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies), Matt Spiegel (Tributosaurus/Chicago radio host), John Stirratt (Wilco), Magen Tracy, Jen Trynin, Ed Valauskas (Gravel Pit), Latin Grammy Nominated jazz musician/former New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams and more.

Other special guests attending Saturday’s event included Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner, Red Sox President Sam Kennedy, Red Sox Vice President of Baseball Research & Development Zack Scott, Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney, Cubs Executive Vice President and General Manager Jed Hoyer, Cubs Manager Joe Maddon and Coach Brandon Hyde, Red Sox Manager John Farrell and coaching staff Ruben Amaro Jr., Brian Bannister, Chili Davis, Gary DiSarcina, Dana LeVangie, Victor Rodriguez and Carl Willis; Red Sox players Fernando Abad, Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Chase d’Arnaud, Heath Hembree, Marco Hernandez, Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Sandy Leon, Mitch Moreland, Dustin Pedroia, Drew Pomeranz, Rick Porcello, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Rutledge, Chris Sale, Robby Scott, Carson Smith, Ben Taylor, Tyler Thornburg, Christian Vazquez, Steven Wright and Chris Young; alumni Sean Casey, Ryan Dempster, Darnell McDonald, Cubs Special Assistant Kevin Youkilis, former Chicago Blackhawk Chris Chelios, sponsors including Paul Grogan of the Boston Foundation, Jim DeLong of Think Energy, Adam Speling of Hotel Commonwealth, Declan Mehigan of the Paradise Rock Club, and FTBNL Executive Director Allyce Najimy and Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson.

The weekend concluded with a special photo opportunity for fans to take photos with the two “curse-breaking” World Series trophies during Sunday night’s game. A suggested donation of $20 was asked of fans taking photos.

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About ENGIE Resources and Think Energy
ENGIE Resources, which rebranded in 2016, is the third-largest non-residential retail electricity supplier in the United States and currently serves commercial, industrial, and institutional customers in 14 markets: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington, D.C.  The company serves nearly 90,000 accounts for customers having a peak demand ranging from 50 KW to more than 200 MW, with an estimated peak load totaling nearly 13,000 MW. For more about ENGIE Resources, visit www.engieresources.com or call 1-866-999-8374.  Follow ENGIE Resources on Twitter and Facebook.

About the Red Sox Foundation
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has distributed over $95 million to support programs serving 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 80,000 low-income families in Boston’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods; and The Jimmy Fund, supporting breakthrough cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Red Sox Foundation raises funds through special events, corporate sponsorships, and grants. Founded and initially funded by Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President/CEO Emeritus Larry Lucchino and their partners, the Red Sox Foundation has won numerous awards for the impact of its innovative programs. In 2010, the Foundation’s Red Sox Scholars program was recognized by Major League Baseball with the first-ever “MLB Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence.” In 2009, the Red Sox Foundation was honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project with the Patterson Award as the nation’s “Best Team Charity in Sports.” For more information about the foundation, visitredsoxfoundation.org.

About Hot Stove Cool Music
Hot Stove Cool Music is a biannual charity concert and musical variety show held in Boston in the winter and in Chicago in the summer months, making its debut in Chicago in summer 2012. The event was created in December of 2000 by Hall of Fame baseball journalist Peter Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. Over the past 17 years, Hot Stove Cool Music has become a staple on Boston’s entertainment calendar and has raised more than $9 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, the Jimmy Fund and other beneficiaries.

About Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) was launched in 2005 by Paul Epstein, a social worker in Boston, MA area and his twin brother, former Boston Red Sox Executive Vice President/General Manager and current Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. The mission of FTBNL is to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies, working on the front lines, serving youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston & Chicago. FTBNL invests in programs that teach leadership, education and healthy development of families.

Since inception, FTBNL has raised over $9 million and donated grants, scholarships, and in-kind donations to 301 non-profit organizations, 71 Peter Gammons College Scholars and has sent approximately 6,500 children, who would not otherwise get the chance to go to a game, to Cubs and Red Sox home games. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent 71 young people with high financial needs and high educational potential to the college of their choice. Each Gammons Scholar also gets an adult mentor and a laptop computer to ensure college success. For more information on Foundation To Be Named Later programs and events, or to make a donation, please visit www.foundationtobenamedlater.org.

About Cubs Charities
Cubs Charities harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond. Cubs Charities’ goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. Through grants to quality nonprofit programs, development of parks and baseball fields, and other community initiatives, the Cubs and Cubs Charities help fulfill a commitment to be the best in the game, on and off the field. For more information, visit www.cubscharities.org.