BOSTON — WEEI and NESN are proud to announce that the 10th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon will take place at Fenway Park on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 30 and 31 from 6 a.m. to midnight. The emotional two-day event has become one of the biggest fundraisers of the Jimmy Fund's year. In 2010, more than $3.1 million was raised, bringing the nine-year total to nearly $26 million.
Donations are already well under way thanks to the Fourth Annual "Tame the Tigers" golf tournament, held this past month on May 19 at The International in Bolton, Mass. The event was the most successful to date, raising over $100,000, and was a sellout for the second straight year.
This year's Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon will focus on the progress that has been made in cancer research over the past decade. The 36-hour broadcast will once again feature truly compelling stories from Jimmy Fund patients and doctors, as well as celebrity guests from the sports and entertainment worlds.
Julie Kahn, VP and market manager for Entercom Boston said, "For the past 10 years, WEEI and NESN have been allies when it comes to the fight against cancer. The generosity of WEEI's listeners and NESN's viewers is overwhelming and we are grateful to them year after year."
"Our entire company is committed to this event and all of our employees are actively engaged in this two-day telethon," said Sean McGrail, NESN's president and CEO. "This collective commitment meaningfully touches all of us and hopefully makes a real difference to the people who are fighting this challenging disease."
"It is incredible to think that this is the 10th year for the radio-telethon. The progress that has been made in cancer research and care since we started is staggering," said Jason Wolfe, VP of programming for WEEI. "Patients are living longer, healthier lives, and in many cases, cancer free. These are the two best days of our year and I'm looking forward to another super event."
To help strike out cancer during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, call 877-738-1234 toll free. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to contribute online, go to www.jimmyfundradiotelethon.org.
The Jimmy Fund, an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, supports the fight against cancer at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping to raise the chances of survival for children and adults with cancer around the world. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives by furthering cancer research and care.
Entercom is one of the nation's largest radio broadcasters with operations, pro forma for pending acquisitions, in San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Sacramento, Cincinnati, Portland, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Austin, Norfolk, Buffalo, New Orleans, Providence, Memphis, Greensboro, Rochester, Greenville/Spartanburg, Madison, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Springfield and Gainesville/Ocala.
NESN has consistently been one of the top-rated regional sports networks in the country with award-winning Red Sox and Bruins coverage. The network is delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and an additional 3.7 million homes nationally as NESN National. NESN.com is the most visited regional sports network website in the country (ComScore, April 2011). NESN also produces a number of distinctive programs under its umbrella Original NESN Entertainment (ONE). NESN is owned by Fenway Sports Group (owners of the Boston Red Sox) and the Boston Bruins.