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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

Ride-Sharing Service For Women Debuts in Boston

Safr Launches with a Mission to Empower Women Through Ride-sharing

Boston, MA – Safr, an innovative new ride-sharing platform for women, today announced the premiere of an invitation-only launch in Boston, with a broader consumer roll out in the Boston market planned for March 1, and market introductions in major U.S. cities to come later this year.

As a service connecting female drivers exclusively with female riders, Safr’s mission is to empower women to participate more fully in the ride-sharing economy. Since its debut, the ride-sharing economy has rapidly transformed into an $9 billion industry that has experienced unprecedented annual growth, yet women currently account for fewer than one quarter of drivers on existing ride-sharing platforms and make on average 34% less than their male counterparts. Furthermore, fewer women use ride-sharing services as passengers as well.

“While the flexible schedule and added income would be a great option for many women, they have been reluctant to become ride-sharing drivers because of their concerns about safety,” said Stephanie Sonnabend, former CEO and president of Sonesta Hotels, co-founder of 2020 Women on Boards and Safr board member. “Safr wants to change the paradigm in ride-sharing with a platform of women driving women, creating a safe and empowering opportunity for all women.”

Core to its commitment to empowering its drivers, Safr debuts with a variety of benefit programming in place. The service offers an equity program to its drivers with drivers gaining an increased stake in the company commensurate with their hours of driving and number of driver referrals, relative to their fellow drivers. In an unprecedented act of its commitment, Safr is also offering their first 1000 drivers a 10% company commission lock rate for life, less than half the commission rate for other ridesharing companies.

Safr also plans to roll out a package of financial planning and other supportive services to drivers that will further empower them to maximize their financial freedom. Safr convenes drivers for a variety of community and training events and  is the only ride-sharing company to introduce Bystander Training as part of its onboarding process as a means of empowering drivers to be a critical part of creating a safer environment for our community. As part of its invitation-only launch, Safr provides early adopter drivers the opportunity to earn enhanced benefits by providing feedback which will be integrated into the Safr service-model, enhancing the experience for both drivers and passengers.

With proprietary technologies, Safr strives to ensure the door-to-door security of passengers as well as drivers. Safr’s best-in-class safety features include a prominent SOS Button for both passengers and drivers, a Color Matching feature that helps passengers and drivers confirm they have connected with the right person before initiating a ride, and a Command Center that tracks rides in real-time to guard against deviation from a designated route. Safr will also conduct the most thorough and comprehensive driver background checks as are permitted by law.

Additionally, Safr is committed to giving back to the communities it serves by donating a portion of proceeds to charitable organizations of importance to its community of drivers and passengers.

Safr has recruited L.A.-based actresses Alex Kapp and Tricia O’Kelley, who starred on CBS’The New Adventures of Old Christine, to serve as ambassadors for the brand. As Heads of Client Engagement and Experience, Kapp and O’Kelley will represent Safr to external constituencies, educate new drivers and passengers about the service through video content and inform the brand user experience. Both single mothers of two daughters, the actresses are advocates for the safety and empowerment the Safr platform provides.

“We are thrilled to be a part of empowering women to take full advantage of the income-generating opportunities and convenient travel that ride-sharing can offer,” said Kapp. “Safr eliminates some of the sense of unease women may feel using existing platforms, and provides drivers and passengers a sense of community unmatched by other apps.”

The concept, which has evolved from Chariot for Women to Safr, has been in the research and development phase focused on the development of the leadership team, app features and driver benefits to bring to market.

The new platform will be available for download in the App Store and Google Play the beginning of next week, and is available for use via invitation only until March 1. For more information on becoming a Safr driver, interested parties should email community@gosafr.com.

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About Safr
Safr is a transportation technology platform that empowers women to participate fully in the ride-sharing economy. Launching in 2017, the service will offer ride-sharing exclusively for women. The platform features best-in-class safety features including driver-passenger Color Matching, an SOS Button and a real-time Command Center, as well as rigorous driver background checks. Safr will debut in Boston with plans to expand nationwide. For more information, visit www.GoSafr.com

Media Contacts
Lucy Muscarella, Elevate Communications: office: 617-312-6411, cell: 858-353-1359, lmuscarella@elevatecom.com
Joanna Humphrey Flynn, Safr: 617-549-1718, joanna@gosafr.com

Presenting Sponsor BNY Mellon Celebrates 52nd Head Of The Charles® Regatta

BNY Mellon entering a men’s and women’s international employee teams

New York and Cambridge, MA – BNY Mellon, a leading investments company, is the Presenting Sponsor of Head Of The Charles Regatta® for the fourth consecutive year. This iconic Boston event takes place Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd along the Charles River from Boston to Brighton.

“Rowing is about teamwork, drive, excellence and delivering world class performance. At BNY Mellon we share these objectives, and therefore see our partnership with the Regatta, as well as with USRowing and the Oxford and Cambridge Boat races, as a perfect fit,” said Mitchell Harris, CEO of BNY Mellon Investment Management. “Each year we look forward to welcoming the international rowing community and its supporters in Boston and celebrating the deep tradition of the Regatta.”

As with last year, BNY Mellon is also entering a Men’s Eight team, composed of employees across the company.  And for the first time, a BNY Mellon Women’s Four entry will also compete. The BNY Mellon employees come from several of the company’s investment management boutiques, including Boston-based Standish Investment Management and BNY Mellon Wealth Management, as well as Newton Asset Management and Insight investments in the U.K. Both teams race on Saturday.

“Our employee rowers come from both sides of the Atlantic, which appropriately reflects the stature of the Regatta in the global world of rowing,” Wealth Management CEO Don Heberle said. “We are inspired by our colleagues’ motivation and that of all these elite athletes and we wish them the best of luck.”

The Regatta will bring to Boston more than 800 universities, colleges and schools and rowers from nearly 30 countries. Seventy Olympic contenders will also compete in the race this year. In addition to the financial support for the race as its premier sponsor, BNY Mellon will once again present the BNY Mellon Championship Cups to the top men’s and women’s Championship Eights collegiate winners at the conclusion of the two-day event.

Frederick V. Schoch, Executive Director of the Regatta, said, “We are happy that BNY Mellon continues to be part of the Head Of The Charles family. The Regatta is a cherished Boston tradition, and BNY Mellon’s sponsorship of the race weekend adds further luster to that legacy. This sponsorship is not only a boon for our race, but really for the City of Boston as a whole.” Nearly 4,000 BNY Mellon employees live and work in the greater Boston region.

For more information about the event and to learn more from the BNY Mellon team participating, visit bnymellon.com and for up-to the-minute race information please follow us @BNYMellon and @BNYMellonWealth.

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ABOUT BNY MELLON
BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of June 30, 2016, BNY Mellon had $29.5 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.7 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com. Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at www.bnymellon.com/newsroom for the latest company news.

New England Revolution Expand Community Collaboration with America SCORES Boston

New program will provide a week of programming for one student with every goal the Revs score at home

Boston, MA – The New England Revolution are committed to making a lasting impact on the lives of young people in the Boston community, which is why the club is expanding its community collaboration with America SCORES Boston.

The collaboration between the Revolution and America SCORES will help the organizations better assist under-resourced youth in greater Boston while also cultivating the growth of soccer throughout the region. As a key part of the Revolution’s commitment, the club will continue to host the SCORES Cup, the premiere city-wide fundraising soccer tournament that raises over $300,000 annually for America SCORES Boston programming.

The new collaboration also features a matching-donation program, “Revs Score, America SCORES,” aimed at providing financial support to enable America SCORES Boston to continue providing its program free of charge to Boston area youth. For every Revolution goal scored at Gillette Stadium, the New England Revolution Charitable Foundation will contribute $100 per goal, which equates the cost of one week of programming for one child. All donations by the Revolution will be matched by one of America SCORES Boston’s corporate partners. “Revs Score, America SCORES” was announced at the sixth annual America SCORES Boston Celebration Gala at the Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts on Oct. 6 and will take effect immediately.

“The Revolution are always looking for ways to make a meaningful impact on the lives of young people in our community, which is why working alongside America SCORES has been so deeply rewarding,” said Revolution President and America SCORES Board Member Brian Bilello. “This program not only allows us to make a difference in their lives by supporting future programming, but it also provides another avenue through which we can share the great game of soccer with the next generation.”

“America SCORES is deeply appreciative of the New England Revolution’s commitment to working with us in helping under-resourced youth in Boston,” said John Maconga, executive director of America SCORES Boston. “I am delighted we are expanding our collaboration and will continue to work together for years to come.”

Additionally, the collaboration will expand player involvement with youth in America SCORES Boston’s after-school program through Revolution Academy-run soccer clinics and participation in SCORES’ Service Learning Projects.

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About the New England Revolution Charitable Foundation:
The New England Revolution Charitable Foundation is the nonprofit organization through which the Revolution support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs by supporting their health and wellness and sporting initiatives. In particular, the Revolution target activities specifically aimed towards youth programs and programs with close ties to the game of soccer. This support comes in the form of both direct grants and in-kind donations of tickets and Revolution memorabilia used at charity fundraisers, and through player appearances at charity functions and educational programs. For more information about the New England Revolution Charitable Foundation please visit the community page at revolutionsoccer.net/community.

About America SCORES Boston:
America SCORES Boston offers under-resourced youth in Boston Public Schools an innovative blend of soccer, academic support and enrichment programs that fosters the development of the whole child – as an athlete; a student; and a caring, confident, and engaged member of the community. Our programs empower youth to create positive in their lives, in their communities and around the world. SCORES serves over 1,400 youth each year and is one of the largest and fastest growing school-based after-school programs in Boston. Founded in 1999, America SCORES Boston is an independent, federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit and an affiliate of America SCORES, founded in 1994. For more information, please visit www.americascoresboston.org.

The Fallon Company Announces Addition of Lola 42 to Fan Pier’s Growing Roster of Premiere Hospitality Concepts

Proprietor of Nantucket’s popular “neo-global” bistro and sushi bar, Lola 41, to open first off-island Massachusetts
concept, 
marking latest addition to waterfront neighborhood’s portfolio of local and national restaurants

Boston, MA –  Adding to the wide array of luxury retail and restaurant concepts at Fan Pier, The Fallon Company today announced the addition of Lola 42 – sister restaurant to Nantucket’s critically-acclaimed bistro and sushi bar, Lola 41 – marking the very first off-island Massachusetts outpost for proprietor Marco Coelho, and the latest addition the vibrant, mixed-use community’s roster of world-class, high-end service offerings.

Lola 42 will occupy approximately 3,700 square feet of space on the ground level of Twenty Two Liberty, Fan Pier’s first ultra-luxury residential building, and is anticipated to open in spring of 2017. Terms of the deal, which was brokered by CBRE/New England Retail, were not disclosed.

“Lola 42 is a great addition to Fan Pier’s top tier retail and restaurant offerings and is exactly the type of concept that will resonate with residents of  Twenty Two Liberty,” said Joe Fallon, President & CEO of The Fallon Company. “It also fits with our overall mix at Fan Pier, where retail and hospitality complements our growing residential community, robust commerce environment, and green space at our unparalleled waterfront location.”

Lola 42 will be the first off-island, in-state venture for restaurateur Marco Coelho, proprietor of Nantuckets’ Lola 41 and its casual spin-off Lola Burger. Like Lola 41, Lola 42 will be a neo-global bistro and sushi bar, offering cuisine inspired from the 42nd parallel across the globe, including the Mediterranean and Japan. Coelho also owns Sails American Bar & Grille in Rowayton, Connecticut.

“We’re excited to bring our award-winning bistro and sushi bar concept to the mainland, and our new location on Boston’s Fan Pier couldn’t be more optimal,” said Coelho. “Surrounded by water, juxtaposed against the cityscape, Lola 42 will offer Bostonians the upscale dining experience they’ve come to expect through our original concept, with a more cosmopolitan twist befitting of our entree into the thriving Boston restaurant scene.”

The Fallon Company recently announced the addition of several other service, fine-dining and fast-casual concepts to the growing neighborhood, including Mastro’s Ocean Club, the iconic seafood restaurant; Boston-based specialty grocer Frank Anthony’s Gourmet Market; Sorelle, the popular Boston-based bakery café chain; and Laura LeDuc Fitness, one of the premier fitness trainers in the city of Boston, who will offer Fan Pier residents and employees an array of classes and training programs. Longtime Fan Pier favorite Salon Mario Russo will also return to the neighborhood in a new, prime location.

Fan Pier is also home to a host of established local and national retail and hospitality ventures including Mario Batali’s Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca; Committee; Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge; Strega Waterfront; B.Good; Leader Bank; and Starbucks Coffee Company.

Fan Pier’s hospitality, service and retail community caters to the waterfront neighborhood at large, including the several thousand employees that work in the neighborhood’s four completed commercial towers, as well as the growing residential community comprised of residents of The Fallon Company’s recently-opened Twenty Two Liberty, as well as future residents of Fan Pier’s second luxury residential building, Fifty Liberty, which will open in early 2018.

When complete, Fan Pier will feature a total of eight contemporary commercial and residential luxury high rises; the best in dining, shopping and recreation; and myriad green spaces against the backdrop of Boston Harbor. Set in a convenient location connected to Boston’s Central Business District, Fan Pier offers easy access to public transportation, including South Station, a water taxi dock, Hubway bikes onsite, and sits nearby several interstate highway exchanges. Those who live, work or simply visit Fan Pier also enjoy access to Fan Pier Park, the Fan Pier Public Green, Fan Pier’s world-class, six-acre marina, and the 38 mile Boston HarborWalk. Other conveniences include close proximity to Logan International Airport and some of Boston’s premier arts and cultural attractions, such as the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), which is part of the Fan Pier community.

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About the Fallon Company
The Fallon Company has an unmatched reputation in Boston for undertaking and executing the most challenging and complex real estate development projects, and perfectly positioning them for optimal current and future use. Founded by Joe Fallon in 1993, the firm has consistently achieved success through the exceptional experience and dedication of its team and its visionary leadership. The company has developed billions of dollars in commercial real estate, and is currently developing Fan Pier Boston, a 21-acre property spanning nine city blocks and permitted for three million square feet of mixed-use office, residential and retail space. Fallon Company projects include The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Park Lane Seaport, ONE Marina Park Drive, Fifty Northern Avenue and Eleven Fan Pier Boulevard.  For more information, visit www.falloncompany.com or www.fanpierboston.com.

Media Contact
Nicole Morales, Elevate Communications: 617-447-3472, nmorales@elevatecom.com

 

Red Sox Unveil 2016 Plans to Engage the Next Generation of Fans

Registration for Free Kid Nation Membership and Free Ticket for 2016 Season Starts Today

Boston, MA – The Red Sox will introduce a host of initiatives and events in 2016 designed to bring children and young adults closer to the game. The club’s “Calling All Kids” movement, presented by Hood, includes the introduction of virtual reality at Fenway Park, a mobile truck experience that brings elements of the ballpark out to the community, an Opening Day event for Little Leaguers at Fenway Park, free tickets to games for fans 14 and under, and $9 tickets for high school and college students.

“Connecting with younger audiences has increasingly become a focus for our club,” said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. “Our efforts are concentrated on making enhancements to the ballpark experience for kids and families, relating to younger fans through new technology, and bringing the Fenway Park atmosphere out to the community. Finding new and unique ways to introduce baseball to children and young adults is critical, not only for the Red Sox but for the future of the game itself.”

Reality Check
For the first time, the club will offer a virtual reality experience at Fenway Park through a series of 360 videos that give exclusive, all-access views of what it’s like to be a Red Sox player during the 2016 season. From the action of Spring Training to game preparation at Fenway Park, fans will have the ability to experience behind-the-scenes moments through new virtual reality headsets that will be set up in a re-created Red Sox dugout.

Virtual reality stations will be available to kids in Wally’s Clubhouse and to all fans in the Kids Concourse. The videos will also be available to fans online.

On The Road Again
The Red Sox will take Fenway Park on the road with a new mobile truck that will bring the ballpark experience to communities throughout New England. The Red Sox Mobile Experience presented by T-Mobile features a 15-foot truck with panels that move to remake the Green Monster wall. The truck will carry a batting cage, virtual reality dugout, and pitching stations to dozens of cities and towns during the 2016 season. The Red Sox Mobile Experience will debut the week of May 9 leading into MLB’s national “Play Ball!” weekend.

Also, for the third straight year, the Red Sox will partner with the Highland Street Foundation and the City of Boston for “Out of the Park,” a free event for families that brings a screening of a Red Sox road game and the atmosphere of Yawkey Way to a city park. The date and park location will be announced in the coming weeks.

Little Big League
The Red Sox will host hundreds of Little Leaguers at Fenway Park on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to noon for an Opening Day event that will celebrate the start of Little League’s baseball and softball season. Mayor Martin J. Walsh is scheduled to attend the special ceremony which will also include members of the Red Sox front office. Free concessions for the Little Leaguers will be provided by Red Sox concessionaire Aramark.

Additionally, the Red Sox Foundation will once again sponsor Little League teams across the Commonwealth by providing grants that help supply uniforms and equipment. The foundation will also continue to fund and operate 32 RBI teams (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and Rookie Leagues. The youth programs serve more than 1600 at-risk children in the Boston area.

Free Tickets for Kids, Affordable Tickets for Students
For the second year in a row, entry-level membership in Red Sox Kid Nation will be free, and every child in the program can attend a game for free.  Membership is for children 14 and under. Fans can begin signing up for the membership and free ticket starting today on redsox.com/kidnation. The Red Sox Kid Nation program is presented by Hood.

Those who signed up for the free membership last year will automatically be re-enrolled in this year’s program. The free ticket is also available to those who sign up for the paid membership. More than 53,000 fans signed up for the Kid Nation program after the free ticket was introduced in 2015.

For high school and college students with a student ID, the club will again offer a $9 ticket for every regular season home game. The “Student 9’s,” presented by Selfeo, guarantee at least an entry into standing room with the possibility of an upgrade to seats when available.

Touching the Game
The Red Sox have made enhancements to Wally’s Clubhouse, located in the Kids Concourse behind right field, including opportunities for kids to experience the tactile elements of baseball.

A rolling mobile exhibit will feature a miniature fiberglass version of Pesky’s Pole that youngsters can sign with a dry erase marker, a piece of the padded field wall that lines the infield and outfield, and various compartments with objects for them to feel, such as a deconstructed baseball and Fenway Park dirt.

Miniature lockers staged to look just like the ones in the Red Sox clubhouse will be installed in Wally’s Clubhouse, and an oversized trunk filled with authentic Red Sox jerseys, cleats, and batting gloves will be available for kids to play dress up.

In addition to the tactile elements, enhanced organized games and activities such as Red Sox bingo, story time, Q&A sessions, and lessons on scoring the game will take place in the space. The Red Sox will also host a comprehensive clinic later in the season for kids who want to learn how to score the game.

And for the young collectors in the family, an extensive Red Sox bobblehead collection will be on display in the Team Store window located in the Kids Concourse.

Families are encouraged to enter the ballpark through Gate K (for Kids), which was created in 2015 and leads directly into the Kids Concourse. Wally’s Clubhouse is located in the Kids Concourse and is open for fans each home game from the 3rd through 7th innings.

Tessie, You Are the Only, Only, Only
At the end of Spring Training, Tessie the Green Monster will take her place in the Kids Concourse at Fenway Park where she will be a permanent staple before and during Red Sox home games throughout the season. Tessie is Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster’s sister and was introduced to fans in January at Baseball Winter Weekend at Foxwoods.

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Fenway Sports Management and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Announce American Authors, Bad Rabbits and DJ Master Millions to Perform at Polartec Big Air at Fenway

Boston-themed entertainment line-up unveiled as Fenway Park prepares
to host Feb. 11-12 International Ski Federation World Cup and U.S. Grand
Prix tour competition featuring world’s top skiers and snowboarders

Boston, MA – Fenway Sports Management (FSM) and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced today that musical acts American Authors, Bad Rabbits and DJ Master Millions will perform at Polartec Big Air at Fenway, an officially sanctioned U.S. Grand Prix Tour competition, featuring the world’s top skiers and snowboarders, taking place at Fenway Park in Boston on February 11-12.

The Boston-themed line-up will include performances by American Authors, who will perform at the conclusion of the skiing finals on Friday, February 12, and Bad Rabbits, who will take the stage following the big air snowboarding finals on Thursday, February 11.  DJ Master Millions will perform at the opening of Big Air each night, setting the tone as the world’s top skiers and snowboarders gear up to give their best runs, show off incredible tricks and thrill the crowd as they compete in this unique setting at the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox.

Tickets, which are on sale now at redsox.com/bigair, include admittance to both the athletic competition and entertainment portions of the events on the selected day.

An alt-rock outfit based in Brooklyn, American Authors’ breakout hit song “Best Day of My Life” and follow-up singles “Pride” and “Go Big or Go Home” were built on a magnetic sense of optimism that’s carried the band from their formation at Boston’s Berklee College of Music to their down-and-out early years in Brooklyn to their current status as an internationally touring band on an ever-growing rise.

Bad Rabbits, a Boston-based group draws on their multi-cultural makeup and fuse futuristic R&B with post-rock to create a distinct sound. Their intense live shows solidified an impressive and devout following as they shared the stage with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, PassionPit, Deftones, Travie McCoy, T-Pain, GlassJaw, Common and John Legend and played the Vans Warped Tour.

Additionally, Teton Gravity Research will be premiering its new ski and snowboard film, The Sammy C Project, on the event video boards at Fenway Park on Friday, February 12. The film shares two years of unthinkable freestyle skiing in locations such as Mt. Hood, Alaska, Michigan’s Copper Peak and beyond. The showing will begin at 6:30 p.m., prior to the freeskiing big air final.

Polartec Big Air at Fenway will feature the world’s top skiers and snowboarders competing on a 140-foot high snow ramp, nearly four-times the height of Fenway’s famed Green Monster. U.S. Olympic slopestyle skiing gold medalist Joss Christensen, slopestyle snowboarding Olympic champion Sage Kotsenburg and Olympian Ty Walker are among the elite group of Olympians and Olympic hopefuls expected to participate.

Big air events consist of snowboarders and skiers competing with a single trick off a ramp similar to those seen on slopestyle courses. Mens and womens big air snowboarding will debut at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.  Please Visit redsox.com/bigair for further information on Polartec Big Air, including tickets and schedules.

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Media Contacts
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: 617-895-7905, kgainsboro@elevatecom.com
Tom Kelly, USSA Vice President, Communications: 435-602-9799, tkelly@ussa.org

Baseball Fans to Experience Field of Dreams as they Take to the Diamond At Red Sox Fantasy Camp

Campers to live out Major League aspirations as they hit, catch and
run under the tutelage of former Red Sox Greats at JetBlue Park

What:
Red Sox Fantasy Camp, which provides fans of all skill levels the opportunity to live out their dreams of playing in the big leagues by participating in a seven-day, seven-night camp featuring training sessions and games at JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the Red Sox state-of-the-art, 106-acre spring training and player development complex.

The 50 attendees of the sold-out camp will receive top-level coaching from past Red Sox greats and members of the team coaching staff and interact with their favorite baseball legends. Participants will also have the chance to play against a team of Red Sox alumni, enjoy nightly social events, and play in the Camp Championship game under the lights.

Who:

  • Red Sox legends include Luis Tiant, Rico Petrocelli, Trot Nixon, Keith Foulke, Rick Miller, Cecil Cooper, Troy O’Leary, Dennis Boyd, Butch Hobson, Mike Timlin, Alan Embree, Frank Viola, and Rich Gedman
  • 154 Fantasy Camp participants

When:
Now – Saturday, January 24, 2016

Where:
JetBlue Park at Fenway South
11500 Fenway South Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Media Contact
Sarah Rich, Elevate Communications: 617-861-3658, srich@elevatecom.com

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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.

The Boston Globe Announces the Top Places to Work for 2015

Rockland Trust, HubSpot, Energi, and Tamr named top employers; eighth annual magazine debuts this Sunday

Boston, MA – The Boston Globe honors Massachusetts’ best employers in its annual Top Places to Work section, which will appear online at BostonGlobe.com/topplaces on the night of November 12 and in The Boston Globe Magazine on November 15. This year, Rockland Trust, HubSpot, Energi, and Tamr took the top honors in their respective size categories, marking the first time for all four companies to top the lists.

For eight years, this popular magazine has recognized the state’s most admired workplaces voted on by the people who know them the best–the employees themselves.

Rockland Trust, with more than 1,000 employees in the state, was crowned the best workplace in the largest company category, jumping from 4th place on last year’s list. The Hanover-based community bank has expanded well beyond its South Shore origins in recent years. And as the bank has grown, caring about his employees has been a central principle of chief executive Christopher Oddleifson. For example, Oddleifson personally calls every new employee to welcome them.

HubSpot took the top spot in the large company category. With over 700 employees in the region, this Cambridge-based company aims to change online marketing and sales to better fit how people want to buy. That’s also the same philosophy chief executive Brian Halligan holds in running the company–creating a workplace that accommodates how today’s employees want to work. There’s a tremendous amount of transparency in the office, as well as lots of snacks (and a hammock).

Energi, a Peabody-based insurance company, ranked No. 1 in the medium category. Founded in 2005, Energi aims to offer better business insurance options by way of hiring better employees. Chief executive Brian McCarthy believes that the key is to treat his workers, and their work, with respect. The company has a large kitchen located in the heart of the office where employees can eat, play, and discuss work in a more spontaneous way.

Tamr, a young, vibrant software company based in Cambridge, topped the small company category in its first year on the list. Chief executive Andy Palmer’s philosophy is to “create a meritocracy, not a rigid hierarchy.” Office happy hours, movie outings, and group workouts are all part of the schedule.

“The success of a company is not only measured by its revenue and profits, but also by the loyalty and satisfaction of its employees,” said Katie Johnston, Boston Globe workplace reporter and Top Places to Work editor. “The winning companies have developed innovative ways to engage and motivate their workers, which serves as a key factor in innovation and leads to better professional performance.”

This year’s Top Places to Work issue, incorporated into The Boston Globe Magazine, features an essay on female bosses by columnist Joanna Weiss, a story on “work spouses” by lifestyle reporter Beth Teitell, and a look at pet-friendly offices by business staffer Taryn Luna. In addition, the magazine also includes the Globe Magazine’s usual lifestyle columns such as Perspective, First Person, and Style Watch, all with a business angle to accompany the Top Place to Work issue.

The Boston Globe’s 2015 Top Places to Work survey, conducted by employee survey firm WorkplaceDynamics, measured nearly 77,000 individual responses to statements about their companies’ direction, execution, connection, management, work, pay and benefits, and engagement. Of all the 2,178 companies invited to participate this year, 357 have completed the process. The employers are placed into one of four groups: small, with 50 to 99 employees; medium, with 100 to 249 workers; large, with 250 to 999; and largest, with 1,000 or more. The winners share a few key traits, including offering progressive benefits, giving their employees a voice, and encouraging them to have some fun while they’re at it.

Top Places to Work online extras include sortable rankings and photo galleries. All can be found at www.bostonglobe.com/topplaces. Readers can follow the news on Twitter at #workboston.

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John Gates, Elevate Communications: 617-861-3651, jgates@elevatecom.com