Boston Red Sox ready for telethon
August 13, 2013 by Sarah
It is once again almost time for the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon. This is the 12th year these two stations have hosted the fundraiser, generate over $31m in that time, and $3.4m last year alone.
WEEI Vice President of Programming and Operations Jason Wolfe says that the station is proud to collaborate with NESN to fundraise for the Jimmy Fund, and that Dana-Farber has come a long way in fighting cancer. The president and CEO of NESN, Sean McGrail, wholeheartedly agrees, adding that the fans of the Red Sox who donate give to a worthy cause.
During the telethon, patients and Dana-Farber staff will reveal touching personal stories about what they have seen and gone through at the hospital. The telethon will also feature players from the Boston Red Sox ,who will have special events on the field before the games on both nights. Some of their wives will mind the phones to take donations.
President and CEO of the Red Sox Larry Lucchino knows how important funding for Dana-Farber is, as he was treated there for non-Hodgkins lymphoma almost 30 years ago. His entire team, and the fans that follow it so adamantly, take part in raising millions of dollars every year for cancer research.
Telethons such as this one often give away prizes for donations, such as pins and t-shirts from the radio station or the Red Sox. A printing company willing to donate their services may also receive a mention, giving them free advertising around Vernon and other nearby areas.
It will take place on August 27 and 28 from 6:00 am to midnight at Fenway Park.