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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.

Media Contact
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate
617-895-7905, keith@elevatecom.com

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.

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.

Media Contact
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate
617-895-7905, 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.