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Music and Baseball Heat Up Hardball Off Season at 2018 Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit 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 February 3 as Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, co-founder of Foundation To Be Named Later Paul Epstein and Hall of Fame baseball journalist Peter Gammons bring music and baseball heavy hitters together for the annual concert to benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) and the Red Sox Foundation. The weekend will kick off on February 2, with the Business of Baseball Champions Lunch, a roundtable discussion featuring a panel of baseball luminaries.

Presented by Ipswitch, the Hot Stove, Cool Music concert features performances by a wide variety of notable Boston and Chicago musicians including Boston Music Award winning Juliana Hatfield (Blake Babies, Some Girls, The Lemonheads and Minor Alps), Bronson Arroyo (member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Championship team), Band of Their Own featuring Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo) and members of Belly and the Blake Bellies, and the Boston and Chicago Hot Stove All Stars with a special youth performance by Zumix.

Peter Gammons and the Boston Hot Stove All Stars featuring Latin Grammy Nominated jazz musician Bernie Williams (former New York Yankee) and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and the Chicago Hot Stove All Stars will take the stage with ensemble performances. Actor Joel Murray (Mad Men, Shrink) and MLB Network Studio Host Greg Amsinger will emcee the event. Additional special guest performances will be announced at a later date.

General admission tickets are on-sale on now for $50.00 at Ticketmaster.com. A limited number of passes to the pre-concert VIP party will also be available starting next week.

“We are so humbled by the amazing group of musicians and athletes who join together to ensure that Hot Stove Cool Music is one of the premier entertainment events of the off-season in Boston,” said Gammons. “We are grateful for the support of the performers, sponsors and fans who make Hot Stove Cool Music happen year after year, allowing us to give back to youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout Boston.”

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

“We are looking forward to another great night of baseball, music and giving back,” said FTBNL Co-Founder Paul Epstein. “These events serve as the backbone of the foundation’s fundraising efforts and we’re grateful that once again we have such an incredible line-up of artists and athletes who are willing to invest so much of their time effort and energy to provide opportunities for students in Boston and Chicago.”

Hot Stove Cool Music is presented by Ipswitch and sponsored by a&g, Andrew Family Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, MA, Biogen, Boston Business Journal, Comcast Business, CVS, Durant Family Foundation, Eaton Vance, Element, Elevate, Greenberg Traurig, Engie, Harpoon Brewery, Hotel Commonwealth, Improper Bostonian, Ipswitch, Jam Spot, JNG Consulting, KPMG, Mintz Levin, Paradise Rock Club, Rasky Partners, Suffolk Construction, Walmart, Tesconi Family Foundation and The Boston Foundation.

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)
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, 71 Peter Gammons College Scholars and has sent 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 71 young people with high financial needs and high educational potential to the college of their choice. For more information on visit www.foundationtobenamedlater.org.

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

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

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 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.

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.