Foundation To Be Named Later Launches BASE Chicago at Special Wrigley Field Ceremony

FTBNL co-founders Paul & Theo Epstein Award a $150,000 grant
for Chicago Expansion of Critically Acclaimed Urban
Baseball Program focused on Youth Mentoring and Training

CHICAGO – Foundation To Be Named Later co-founders Paul and Theo Epstein gathered with Chicago business and community leaders for a special Wrigley Field ceremony to launch the Chicago expansion of The BASE, a program that combines baseball, academics and mentoring to transform the lives of urban youth. Notable baseball luminaries included Hall of Fame sportswriter Peter Gammons and representatives of Chicago’s Garfield Park Baseball Program Frank Brim and Malik Seaton who were joined by The BASE Founder Robert Lewis Jr. for the special announcement.

Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and his brother Paul Epstein, a social worker, funded the program’s expansion to Chicago with a $150,000 grant from The Foundation To Be Named Later, a nonprofit organization they launched in 2005 to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies, working on the front lines, serving youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston and Chicago.

“We’ve had the opportunity to witness firsthand the results BASE has delivered and the impact the program has had on the lives of students through our annual Urban Classic, and the work they do both on and off the field is impressive,” said FTBNL co-founder Paul Epstein. “Partnering with results driven organizations that have a proven track record of making a tangible difference in the lives of youth in our cities is precisely what we had in mind when we launched the foundation, so helping to extend The BASE program to student athletes in Chicago is perfectly aligned with our mission.”

The BASE is a premier national urban youth training academy that provides student athletes in Boston with year-round, superior baseball and academic training. The program leverages the power and passion of sports to transform the lives of urban youth by providing opportunity, education, training and encouragement to create a winning game plan for life and reach their fullest potential.

Since its inception, the program has served more than 8,000 boys and girls on more than 600 teams, playing not just at home in Boston, but in tournaments across the country — from Florida to Nevada and in between. Hall of Fame sportswriter Peter Gammons called The BASE Astros “hands down, the best urban baseball team in America.”

“The BASE aims to shift the national mindset about what it takes for urban youth to succeed and to build a movement of citizens who are committed to their success,” said The BASE Founder and President Robert Lewis Jr. “Through high quality baseball, academics, and training, we operate a premier national urban youth training academy with a methodology that cultivates excellence, belief and love. We are making the invisible, visible and shining a spotlight on the limitless potential of our young people.”

With the grant in hand, The BASE, which began in Boston will expand their program to Chicago’s greater West Side, leveraging the power and passion of sports to transform the lives of urban youth through a focus on baseball, academics and mentoring. For the past six (6) years FTBNL has collaborated with The BASE and created the Urban Classic baseball game, which brings together elite youth urban Boston and

Chicago teams at the University of Illinois Chicago Curtis Granderson Field. The Urban Classic baseball game has become a staple of FTBNL’s Chicago’s Hot Stove Cool Music weekend, celebrating music, baseball and giving back. The official opening of The Base Chicago will take place at the Foundation To Be Named Later’s annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago weekend, June 8-9, 2018.

The Foundation To Be Named Later raises funds and awareness for local nonprofits that work with youth in Chicago and Boston from disadvantaged neighborhoods. FTBNL raises funds through fun and unique events that focus on baseball and music, two of Paul and Theo’s passions. FTBNL has raised more than $9 million for Boston and Chicago nonprofit organizations since 2005.

In addition to the $150,000 grant from Foundation To Be Named Later, Good Sports has announced a $50,000 equipment donation to The BASE Chicago after officials were able to determine immediate equipment needs for 2018. Toby Emms, Chicago Market Director for Good Sports was on hand to make the special announcement.

With a 7,100 square-foot training and studying facility in Boston, The BASE continues to achieve its goal of becoming a nationally recognized and certified training academy, combining sports and academic opportunities to transform the lives of African-American and Latino boys and girls throughout the country. Thanks to this grant and the donation from Good Sports, student athletes in Chicago will benefit from The BASE program.

The BASE Astros also were named “2013 Triple Crown Sports’ US Baseball Champions,” and “2012 Team of The Year”- standing alone among 40,000 other teams across the country. Six former BASE – and Astros – student athletes have competed at the Major League Baseball level: Manny Delcarmen (Boston Red Sox), Juan Carlos Portes (Minnesota Twins), Nelfi Zapata (New York Mets), Eddy Morrobel (Texas Rangers), Jamill Moquete (Baltimore Orioles) and Calvin Graves (Chicago Cubs). Since 2014, more than 130 BASE school athletes have matriculated to college.

CONTACT:             Keith Gainsboro, Elevate, 617-895-7905, keith@elevatecom.com

About Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)

Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) was launched in 2005 by brothers Paul Epstein 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, sent 80 Peter Gammons Scholars to college and has allowed approximately 6,500 children to Cubs and Red Sox games. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent 80 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 the BASE

The BASE uses the power and passion of sports to transform the lives of urban youth by providing opportunity, education, training, and encouragement to create a winning game plan for life and reach their fullest potential. With a 7,100 square-foot training and studying facility, The BASE continues to achieve its goal of becoming a nationally-recognized and certified training academy, combining sports and academic opportunities to transform the lives of African-American and Latino boys and girls throughout the country. For more information, visit www.thebase.org.

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Twin Peaks Added as Headliner for 6th Annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago Benefit Concert

Twin Peaks added to ensemble cast of Chicago and Boston musicians at Wrigleyville’s
Metro June 2 to raise money for youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods;
Concert presented by Chicago Trading Company, GE Capital and Google

Chicago, IL – Chicago’s own Twin Peaks has been added to the lineup of Boston and Chicago musicians who will take the stage at the 6th Annual Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert at Wrigleyville’s Metro Friday, June 2. Twin Peaks will join Baseball Hall of Fame writer Peter Gammons, Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and an all All-Star lineup of musicians and personalities. The concert, presented by Chicago Trading Company, GE Capital and Google, benefits Boston and Chicago youth and families.

In addition to Twin Peaks, the Hot Stove Cool Music concert will feature musical performances by Peter Gammons and the Boston Hot Stove All-Stars, Theo Epstein, Len Kasper and the Chicago Hot Stove All-Stars, Daxx Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Scott Lucas of Local H, Jason Narducy of Split Single, Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Gerald Dowd, Freda Love Smith of Blake Babies. Joining the night will be WXRT-FM host Lin Brehmer and former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, who will serve as the evening’s emcees.

A limited number of general admission are available at http://bit.ly/HSCMGATIX for $75. VIP ticket packages are on sale now at http://bit.ly/HSCMVIP. VIP ticket packages ($400 each) include: one (1) VIP ticket for the Hot Stove Cool Music pre-concert VIP party at the Metro, which features complimentary food and beverages, and one (1) ticket to the concert starring Twin Peaks and Boston and Chicago All-Stars.

In addition to the All-Star music lineup, the evening will feature the 2016 Cubs World Series Trophy, a number of special guests and surprises and a raffle featuring signed sports memorabilia and priceless entertainment experiences. With the addition of Twin Peaks to the lineup, more surprise artists may in store for fans. All proceeds from concert will benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later and Cubs Charities.

Hot Stove Cool Music was founded in 2000 by Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. The biannual event has raised more than $9 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later. Foundation To Be Named Later was founded in 2005 by Epstein and his twin brother Paul as a means to create positive change and important opportunities for youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods. Everyone who participates in Hot Stove Cool Music donates their time and talent, which allows concert proceeds to go directly to supporting youth and families.

Hot Stove Cool Music is presented by Chicago Trading Company, GE Capital and Google, and sponsored by the Alter Group, Atlantis Cars and Limousines, Athletes on the Move, Victory Park Capital, a&g, Key Bank, Think Energy by Engie, Metro, Grosvenor Capital, Ironwood Cancer and Research Center, KPMG, Greenberg Traurig, Lollapalooza Foundation, Walmart, Belvedere Trading, Intersport, True Value, Scott and Ella Goldstein, Athletes on the Move, Rich Bergman, Craig and Rebeca Huffman, WXRT, William Blair, Lettuce Entertain You and Vienna Beef.

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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.  Headliners who donate their time and talent include, Eddie Vedder, James Taylor, Cheap Trick, Tom Morello, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Dropkick Murphys and more.

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.

About Metro
Metro is one of the country’s most renowned independent concert venues.  Established in July 1982, Metro has become a playground for new and developing local artists as well as showcasing the best cutting edge bands from around the globe for over twenty-five years.  For more information, visit http://www.metrochicago.com.

Media Contact
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: 617-895-7905, keith@elevatecom.com
Alyson Cohen, Chicago Cubs: 773-404-4128, acohen@cubs.com
Shannon Shreibak, Metro: 773-549-4140 ext 212, Shannon@metrochicago.com

 

Theo Epstein and Peter Gammons’ 6th Annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago Benefit Concert To Feature Championship Lineup of Music and Sports All-Stars

Cubs’ voice Len Kasper takes stage with ensemble cast of Chicago and Boston musicians at
Wrigleyville’s Metro on June 2 to raise money for youth and families from disadvantaged
neighborhoods 
Concert presented by Chicago Trading Company and GE Capital;
Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, May 6, at Noon CDT

Chicago, IL – Music and baseball are set to collide at Wrigleyville’s iconic Metro June 2, when Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper bring Hot Stove Cool Music back to Chicago after recently hosting an exciting Boston show. They join an All-Star lineup of musicians and personalities for the 6th Annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert, presented by Chicago Trading Company and GE Capital.

Benefiting Cubs Charities and Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, the fundraiser will feature ensemble performances by Peter Gammons and the Boston Hot Stove All-Stars, Theo Epstein, Len Kasper and the Chicago Hot Stove All-Stars, Daxx Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Scott Lucas of Local H, Jason Narducy of Split Single, Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Gerald Dowd, Freda Love Smith of Blake Babies, as well as other special guests. Joining the night will be WXRT-FM host Lin Brehmer and former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, who will serve as the evening’s emcees.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, May 6 at noon CDT at www.etix.com. General admission tickets are $75. VIP tickets also are available for $400 and include a pre-show reception with early entrance, complimentary food and beverages.

“It’s shaping up to be a great weekend of baseball, music and giving back,” Epstein said. “I’m thankful and humbled by the generosity of the players, bands and sponsors who donate their time, energy and most importantly their passion to help raise money to create opportunity for underserved kids in our communities.”

In addition to the All-Star music lineup, the evening will feature a number of special guests and surprises and a live and silent auction featuring signed sports memorabilia and priceless entertainment experiences.

Hot Stove Cool Music was founded in 2000 by Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. The biannual event has raised more than $9 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later.  Foundation To Be Named Later was founded in 2005 by Epstein and his twin brother Paul as a means to create positive change and important opportunities for youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods. Everyone who participates in Hot Stove Cool Music donates their time and talent, which allows concert proceeds to go directly to supporting youth and families.

Hot Stove Cool Music is presented by Chicago Trading Company and GE Capital and sponsored by Atlantis Cars and Limousines, Victory Park Capital, Key Bank, Metro, Grosvenor Capital, Google, Ironwood Cancer and Research Center, KPMG, Greenberg Traurig, Lollapalooza, Walmart, Belvedere Trading, Scott and Ella Goldstein, Athletes on the Move, Rich Bergman, Craig and Rebeca Huffman, WXRT, William Blair and Vienna Beef.

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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.  Headliners who donate their time and talent include, Eddie Vedder, James Taylor, Cheap Trick, Tom Morello, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Dropkick Murphys and more.

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.

About Metro
Metro is one of the country’s most renowned independent concert venues.  Established in July 1982, Metro has become a playground for new and developing local artists as well as showcasing the best cutting edge bands from around the globe for over twenty-five years.  For more information, visit http://www.metrochicago.com.act

Media Contact
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: 617-895-7905, keith@elevatecom.com
Alyson Cohen, Chicago Cubs: 773-404-4128, acohen@cubs.com
Shannon Shreibak, Metro: 773-549-4140 ext 212, Shannon@metrochicago.com

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.

Downloadable Photos: http://bit.ly/HotStovePhotos

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.

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.

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Added to ‘Hot Stove, Cool Music – Red Sox-Cubs Edition’ Line-up

Red Sox Foundation, Foundation To Be Named Later Team Up
to 
Support Chicago and Boston Youth for a Weekend Celebrating music,
baseball and giving back 
Presented By Think Energy!

Boston, MA – Pearl Jam front-man Eddie Vedder has been added to the line-up of Boston and Chicago musicians who will take the stage at a special edition of the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on Saturday, April 29th.  Vedder will join Baseball Hall of Fame writer Peter Gammons, Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and current Red Sox and Cubs players in a special musical performance at the Boston version of the annual fundraising series, which benefits Boston and Chicago youth and families.

The Hot Stove, Cool Music – Red Sox/Cubs Edition concert will feature musical performances by three ensemble bands – the Boston Hot Stove All Stars, Band of Their Own, and the Chicago Hot Stove All Stars. A full list of participating musicians can be found at ftbnl.org.  Award-winning actor, writer, and comedian Mike O’Malley will serve as emcee and lead a special game show showdown between Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs players.

A limited amount of VIP ticket packages are on sale now at www.redsox.com/champions or www.ftbnl.org. VIP ticket packages ($1,200 each) include: Two (2) VIP tickets for the Hot Stove, Cool Music Red Sox / Cubs Edition VIP party & concert; which features complimentary beer and wine, delicious gourmet food prepared by some of Boston’s most accomplished chefs and special appearances by the musical line-up and current and former Red Sox & Cubs players; and the concert starring Eddie Vedder and Red Sox & Cubs players.  VIP Ticket buyers will have the rare opportunity to have a photo taken with both the Red Sox and Cubs’ “curse-breaking” 2004 and 2016 World Series trophies together.   There are also a limited number of General Admission tickets available for ($65. each) on www.ftbnl.org.

Hot Stove Cool Music, Red Sox-Cubs Edition is part of “Baseball Champions for Charity Weekend presented by Think Energy,” a special partnership between the Red Sox Foundation, the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL), and Cubs Charities, which includes a series of charitable fundraising events that will take place on April 28 and 29 during the Red Sox-Cubs series at Fenway Park to raise funds for the three non-profits.  Red Sox vs. Cubs are rivals on the field and for the first time, come together in the community to make a difference.

In addition to the concert, the weekend’s activities will include a VIP reception and luncheon on Friday, April 28, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel featuring a panel of baseball luminaries Including Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, 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 with NESN, Tom Caron will moderate the panel. Tickets ($325 each includes the reception, panel and lunch) and sponsorships are available at www.redsox.com/champions or www.ftbnl.org.

This marks the third consecutive Hot Stove, Cool Music performance by Vedder, a Chicago-Area Native, and die-hard Cubs fan. The iconic singer-songwriter joined the Hot Stove roster at the 2015 and 2016 Hot Stove, Cool Music – Chicago concerts at Club Metro in Wriglyville, electrifying the capacity crowds while helping to raise more than $750,000 to support longtime friend Theo Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later.

Hot Stove Cool Music Red Sox-Cubs Edition is presented by Think Energy and sponsored by a&g, Blue Cross Blue Shield, MA, Biogen, Boston Business Journal, Boston Celtics, Comcast Business, Eaton Vance, Elevate, Grand Circle Travel, Greenberg Traurig, Harpoon Brewery, Hotel Commonwealth, Improper Bostonian, Ipswich, Jam Spot, JNG Consulting, KPMG, Mintz Levin, New Balance, Paradise Rock Club, Rasky Partners, Suffolk Construction, SullyMac, 19 Crimes (TWE), Vinik Family Foundation and Walmart.

All proceeds from the “Baseball Champions for Charity” weekend will benefit the Red Sox Foundation, the Foundation To Be Named Later and Cubs Charities.  VIP tickets to the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert and Baseball Champions for Charity Lunch are available on-line now at www.redsox.com/champions and  www.ftbnl.org. Those interested sponsorship opportunities may call 617-226-6334 or visit www.redsoxfoundation.org or www.ftbnl.org .

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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 15 years, Hot Stove Cool Music has become a staple on Boston’s entertainment calendar and has raised more than $8 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, the Jimmy Fund and other beneficiaries.

About the Red Sox Foundation
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has distributed over $93 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.  For more information about the foundation, visit redsoxfoundation.org.

About The Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
Paul Epstein, a social worker in Boston, MA area and his twin brother, Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein launched Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) in 2005. Named after the MLB trade term, player to be named later, the foundation’s mission 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 has given $8 million in grants and in-kind donations to more than 220 nonprofit organizations in Chicago and Boston and has sent approximately 6,000 children to Cubs or Red Sox home games. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship (named in honor of Hall of Famer and FTBNL champion, Peter Gammons) is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent more than 70 young people with high financial needs and high potential to the college of their choice. Each Gammons Scholar is provided with an adult mentor and a laptop computer to ensure college success. For more information on FTBNL 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. Our goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. We partner with the most effective programs and organizations to achieve positive impact and demonstrated results. Through the generosity of Cubs fans, corporate partners and our Cubs Care partner, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Cubs Charities is proud to help support the people and organizations that make our city a great place to live, work and play. For more information on Chicago Cubs Charities programs and events or to make a donation, please visit www.cubs.com/community.

 

Media Contacts
Zineb Curran, Boston Red Sox: 617-226-6115, zcurran@redsox.com
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: 617-895-7905, kgainsboro@elevatecom.com
Alyson Cohen, Chicago Cubs: 773-404-4128, acohen@cubs.com

Liz Phair to Headline Theo Epstein’s Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit Concert at Wrigleyville’s Metro June 17

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 6 at Noon; Event benefits Foundation To Be Named Later,
serving youth & families from disadvantaged neighborhoods    

Chicago, IL – Music and baseball share the stage at Wrigleyville’s Metro Friday, June 17, when  Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper join an All-Star lineup of musicians and personalities for the Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Liz Phair will headline the show, which will be emceed by “Mad Men” actor Joel Murray and WXRT-FM’s Lin Brehmer. The fifth annual event is presented by Chicago Trading Company with proceeds benefiting youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods through Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL).

The fundraiser also will feature musical acts JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Avid Dancer, and ensemble performances by Chicago and Boston rockers, Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo), Jennifer Hall, Max Crawford (Poi Dog Pondering), Dag Juhlin (Poi Dog Pondering), Gerald Dowd (Robbie Fulks), Scott Stevenson (Robbie Fulks), Gail Greenwood (Belly, L7), Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life), Hilken Mancini (Fuzzy), Liam Davis (Justin Roberts), Steve Frisbie (Frisbie), Curt Morrison (Tributosaurus), Matt Spiegel (Tributosaurus), Will Dailey, Chris Cote (Upper Crust), Jen D’Angora (Downbeat Five, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents), Ed Valauskas (Gravel Pit), Paul Ahlstrand, Phil Aiken, Gerald Dowd, Jen Trynin and more. Gammons and Kasper will perform with the bands.

“It’s been gratifying to see Hot Stove Cool Music take root in Chicago and this year’s line-up of talented musicians will ensure we continue the tradition with another great night of music, baseball and giving back,” said Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations/FTBNL Co-Founder Theo Epstein. “We’re humbled by the generosity of all the musicians, sponsors, fans and volunteers who come together to help us raise funds to support Chicago youth and families.”

General admission tickets go on sale Friday, May 6, at noon CDT and can be purchased online at www.metrochicago.com, etix.com, or in person at the Metro Box Office located at 3730 N. Clark St. VIP tickets, which include entry to a pre-concert reception, are on sale now at www.ftbnl.org.

The evening also will include several special guests, along with live and silent auctions featuring signed sports memorabilia and priceless entertainment experiences.

As part of the weekend’s Hot Stove Cool Music events, Foundation To Be Named Later will host The Summer City Urban Baseball Classic June 18 at 11 a.m. at Jackie Robinson Park located at 10700 S. Morgan St. The event, which shines a light on the importance of youth baseball and the role it plays in the development of successful young leaders, features urban youth playing exciting baseball as Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West, Garfield Park Baseball and The Boston Astros face-off. The event is free and open to the public.

Hot Stove Cool Music was founded in 2000 by Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. The biannual event has raised more than $8 million for the Foundation To Be Named Later, the Jimmy Fund and other causes. FTBNL was founded in 2005 by Epstein and his brother, Paul Epstein, as a means to create positive opportunities for disadvantaged youth and families.

Hot Stove Cool Music, Chicago is presented by Chicago Trading Co. and sponsored by CBRE, Atlantis Cars & Limos, Cars.com, Chicago Cubs, Citi, elevate, Ella & Scott Goldstein, Rebecca & Craig Huffman, Freedom Boat Club, Grosvenor Capital Mgmt., KPMG, Metro, The Alter Group, Victory Park Capital, Walmart, etix, WGN-TV and WXRT-FM and Lettuce Entertain You, Stanley’s Tap & Restaurant, Vienna Beef, Hope Family Wines & Budweiser.

Foundation To Be Named Later’s nonprofit beneficiaries in Chicago include Chicago Children’s Choir, Intonation Music, Marwen, Wapiti Youth, City Year Chicago, Garfield Park Little League, Girls in the Game, SkyART, Family Reach at Lurie Children Hospital, Special Olympics IL, Jackie Robinson West, Flying Kites, Cubs Charities and more.

About Liz Phair  
Liz has sold nearly three million records worldwide and has had two Grammy nominations. More than two decades after the release of her debut, Exile in Guyville, in 1993, Phair’s influence over female voices in alternative music can still be felt today. Exile in Guyville has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. This spring, Liz has been touring with Smashing Pumpkins on their North American “In Plainsong” tour.

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 15 years, Hot Stove Cool Music has become a staple on Boston’s entertainment calendar and has raised more than $8 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. Named after the MLB trade term, player to be named later, 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.

FTBNL has given $8 million in grants and in-kind donations to more than 220 nonprofit organizations in Chicago and Boston and has sent approximately 6,000 children, who would not otherwise have the chance to attend a Cubs or Red Sox home game. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship (named in honor of Hall of Famer and FTBNL champion, Peter Gammons) is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent more than 60 young people with high financial needs and high educational potential to the college of their choice. Each Gammons Scholar 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.

About Metro
Metro is one of the country’s most renowned independent concert venues. Established in July 1982, Metro has become a hub for new and developing local, regional and national artists, as well as showcasing the best cutting edge bands from around the globe for more than thirty years.  For more information, visit www.metrochicago.com.

Media Contacts
Nicole Pare, Metro: 773-549-4140, ext., 212, Nicole@metrochicago.com
Alyson Cohen, Chicago Cubs: 773-404-4128, acohen@cubs.com
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: Keith@elevatecom.com

 

Music and Baseball Heat Up Off Season at 2016 Hot Stove Cool Music Concert

Performances by Music and Baseball Stars Support Theo and Paul Epstein’s
Foundation To Be Named Later; Tickets on Sale Now

Boston, MA – Hot Stove Cool Music returns to the Paradise Rock Club January 9 as Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and Hall of Fame baseball journalist Peter Gammons bring music and baseball heavy hitters together to benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL). Presented by Ipswitch, the concert features a wide variety of notable Boston and Chicago musicians and MLB stars including Bronson Arroyo (member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Championship team) and Jake Peavey (member of the 2013 Boston Red Sox World Championship team).

General admission tickets and a limited number of passes to the pre-concert VIP party are on-sale now at FTBNL.org. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Gammons will once again lead Boston’s Hot Stove All Stars Epstein, Will Dailey, Red Sox organist Josh Kantor, and a collection of Boston musicians including Ed Valauskas, Phil Aiken and Tom Polce. Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Sean Casey will emcee the event.

New to this year’s lineup is the addition of Chicago’s Hot Stove All Stars, featuring Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper, Cheap Trick’s Daxx Neilsen and Chicago-based rockers Scott Lucas (Local H) and Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies). Additional special guest performances will be announced at a later date.

“Hot Stove Cool Music has long been the premier entertainment event of the off-season,” said Gammons. “We bring together an amazing group of musicians, athletes and personalities, who selflessly donate their time to help the city’s disadvantaged youth and families. Anything can happen at Hot Stove and anyone who’s been there in the past typically walks away with an I-can’t-believe-I-saw-that memory or two. We’re grateful for all of the continued support of our sponsors, performers and fans.”

In addition to the all-star music lineup, the evening will include several special guests, as well as live and silent auctions featuring signed sports memorabilia and priceless entertainment experiences.

Hot Stove Cool Music is sponsored by Ipswitch, Walmart, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harpoon Brewery, Athletes on the Move, JEM Luxury, Improper Bostonian, Paradise Rock Club, Elevate Communications and Allen & Gerritsen.

About Hot Stove Cool Music
Hot Stove Cool Music is a benefit concert and musical variety show held in Boston in the winter and Chicago in the summer. 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 previous 15 years, Hot Stove Cool Music has become a staple on Boston’s entertainment calendar and has raised more than $8 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later.

About Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) was launched in 2005 by Paul Epstein, a social worker in the Brookline public school system, and his twin brother, former Boston Red Sox EVP and GM and current Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein. Named after the MLB trade term “player to be named later,” Foundation To Be Named Later raises funds and awareness for non-profit agencies, working on the front lines, serving disadvantaged youth in Greater Boston and Chicago and gives direct grants to highly under-resourced college students through its Peter Gammons College Scholarship program. FTBNL concentrates on programs that teach leadership, education and healthy development of families.

FTBNL has given $8 million in grants to over 200 non-profit organizations and has sent 4,000 children who would not otherwise get the chance to go to a game, to Red Sox, Cubs and Celtics home games. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent 50 young people with high financial needs and high educational potential to college.

For more information on Foundation To Be Named Later programs and events, or to make a donation, please visit or www.ftbnl.org.

Eddie Vedder Added to All-Star Lineup at Hot Stove, Cool Music Benefit Concert

Proceeds Benefit Chicago Youth Through Cubs President Theo Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later

Chicago, IL – Pearl Jam frontman and rock icon Eddie Vedder will join an all-star lineup of musicians at Wrigleyville’s Metro Thursday, July 9, for the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. The Evanston, Illinois native will join Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, Chicago Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein at the annual event celebrating music, baseball and giving back. Proceeds benefit Chicago youth through Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL).

The fundraiser will feature ensemble performances by Chicago and Boston rockers including John Stirratt (Wilco), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Jennifer Hall, Matt Spiegel and Curt Morrison (Tributosaurus), Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life), Jake Smith (Mysteries of Life), Gerald Dowd, Jason Narducy (Split Single, Bob Mould), Brendan Bayliss(Umphrey’s McGee), Will Dailey, Chris Cote, Phil Aiken, Paul Ahlstrand and more.

Vedder will join Epstein, Gammons and Kasper for a performance with the Hot Stove All Stars. WXRT’s Lin Brehmer, actor Joel Murray and actor/comedian Mike O’Malley will serve as the evening’s emcees.

A limited amount of general admission tickets will be released at noon. Tickets will be available for $75, online at www.metrochicago.com or in person at the Metro Box Office located at 3730 N. Clark St. There will be no service fees for cash purchases at the Metro Box Office. VIP tickets can also be purchased online at www.metrochicago.com.

In addition to the concert, the evening will include several special guests as well as live and silent auctions featuring signed sports memorabilia and priceless entertainment experiences.

Hot Stove Cool Music was founded in 2000 by Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. The biannual event has raised more than $6 million for the Foundation To Be Named Later. FTBNL was founded in 2005 by Epstein and his brother, Paul Epstein, as a means to create positive opportunities for disadvantaged youth and families.

Hot Stove Cool Music is presented by Chicago Trading Co. Other sponsors include The Alter Group, Ascendance Partners, Athletes on the Move, Atlantis Cars & Limos, Budweiser, Chicago Cubs, Comcast, Elevate, Ella & Scott Goldstein, Freedom Boat Club, Greenberg Traurig, Grosvenor Capital Mgmt., KPMG, Metro, Real Industries, Sidley, Victory Park Capital, Walmart, WGN-TV and WXRT FM.

Nonprofit beneficiaries include Chicago Children’s Choir, City Year Chicago, Garfield Park Little League, Girls in the Game, Jackie Robinson West, Marwen. Special Olympics and South Chicago Arts Center.

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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 15 years, Hot Stove Cool Music has become a staple on Boston’s entertainment calendar and has raised more than $6 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later.

About Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) was launched in Spring of 2005 by Paul Epstein, a social worker in the Brookline, Massachusetts, public school system, and his twin brother, former Boston Red Sox Executive Vice President/General Manager and current Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. Named after the MLB trade term, player to be named later, the mission of FTBNL is to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies, working on the front lines, serving disadvantaged youth and families. FTBNL invests in programs that teach leadership, education and healthy development of families.

FTBNL has given more than $6.5 million in grants and in kind donations to more than 200 nonprofit organizations in Chicago and Boston and has sent approximately 4,000 children, who would not otherwise get the chance to go to a Cubs or Red Sox home game. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship (named in honor of Hall of Famer and FTBNL Champion, Peter Gammons) is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent more than 50 young people with high financial needs and high educational potential to the college of their choice. Each Gammons Scholar 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.

About Metro
Metro is one of the country’s most renowned independent concert venues. Established in July 1982, Metro has become a hub for new and developing local, regional and national artists, as well as showcasing the best cutting edge bands from around the globe for more than thirty years. For more information, visit www.metrochicago.com.

Media Contact
Nicole Pare, Metro: 773-549-4140, ext., 212, Nicole@metrochicago.com
Alyson Cohen, Chicago Cubs: 773-404-4128, acohen@cubs.com
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: 617-895-7905, keith@elevatecom.com

MLB Luminaries Convene for Candid Discussion: Examining Diversity in America’s Favorite Pastime

Bronson Arroyo returns to Boston and joins Tony Clark, Executive Director, MLB Players Association to
participate in the forum, which features a pre-event VIP reception, lunch and candid panel discussion

Who:

  • Tony Clark, Executive Director, MLB Players’ Association
  • Peter Gammons, Hall of Fame sports journalist
  • Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox second baseman
  • Darrell Miller, Director, MLB Urban Youth Academy
  • Eddie Romero, Boston Red Sox International Scouting Director
  • Tyler Tumminia, Senior Vice President, Goldklang Group
  • Bronson Arroyo, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher

What:
Moderated by Gammons, a panel featuring some of Major League Baseball’s brightest stars will convene in Boston for Foundation To Be Named Later’s “Business of Baseball,” panel, a candid forum to examine “Diversity in Baseball” and share insights on creating a pipeline for more diverse players in the sport of baseball.

When:
Thursday, November 20, 2014
11:15 AM: Media Availability
12:00 PM: Panel begins

Where:
Legends TD Boston Garden
100 Legends Way | Boston

About The Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
The Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) was founded in 2005 by then Red Sox Executive Vice President and General Manager and current Chicago Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein and his twin brother Paul, a social worker in the Brookline public school system. Inspired by Paul and Theo’s commitment to creating positive opportunities for disadvantaged children and families in the Boston area, the Foundation expands the impact of youth-focused nonprofits by raising awareness and critical resources. Over the past nine years, the Foundation has invested $6 million in grants and in-kind donations to local organizations and has sent more than 5,000 children to Red Sox and Celtics games. Central to FTBNL’s work are strategic partnerships with a team of nonprofits that serve disadvantaged children and families, including BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life); City Year Boston; The Home for Little Wanderers; Horizons for Homeless Children; Roxbury Youthworks; Steps to Success; and West End House Boys & Girls Club. With the generous support of RISO, FTBNL also created the “Peter Gammons College Scholarship,” named for the beloved Hall of Fame sports journalist and humanitarian, to provide 46 college scholarships to exemplary Boston area students who have overcome tremendous disadvantages but have great potential. Visit www.ftbnl.org for more information.