WEEI Sports Radio 93.7 FM, NESN and the Boston Red Sox are proud to announce that the 13th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon will take place at Fenway Park on Tuesday, Aug. 19 and Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 6 a.m. to midnight.
The emotional two-day event has become one of the Jimmy Fund’s biggest annual fundraisers. In 2013, the Radio-Telethon raised more than $3.5 million, bringing the twelve-year total to more than $34 million.
This year’s 36-hour telethon, presented by the Arbella Insurance Foundation, will feature touching, compelling stories from Dana-Farber patients, doctors and nurses, as well as guest commentary from sports and entertainment celebrities, including Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino, and numerous Red Sox players, including 2014 Jimmy Fund co-captains David Ross and Will Middlebrooks. A group of Red Sox players’ wives will also be volunteering at the event by answering phones to accept contributions on the evening of Aug. 19, and taking part in canister collections on the evening of Aug. 20.
“We are humbled and honored to once again work hand-in-hand with the Jimmy Fund and NESN to raise awareness and funds for this very important cause,” said Kevin Graham, WEEI brand manager. “It’s an emotional, enlightening and inspirational two days as patients, their families, and doctors share their courageous stories. We thank our listeners and advertising partners in advance for all their support.”
“It’s a privilege to work with the Jimmy Fund and the Red Sox to support the research and treatment being conducted at Dana Farber,” said Sean McGrail, NESN president & CEO. “We’re grateful for the ongoing support from fans across the country that contribute in an effort to eradicate this terrible disease.”
During both nights of the event, the Red Sox will hold special on-field ceremonies at Fenway Park before the team plays the Los Angeles Angels at 7:10 p.m.
“The Red Sox introduced this fundraiser in 2002 as a way to expand upon and deepen the decades-long relationship between the club and the Jimmy Fund,” Lucchino said. “Whether it’s helping raise millions for cancer research, treatment, and care, or simply raising the spirits of patients being treated at the clinic, no cause is more dear to us than the fight against cancer.”
The event is part of “Jimmy Fund Month” at Fenway Park throughout the month of August, which celebrates the more than 60-year partnership between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund –one of the most remarkable partnerships between a team and a charity in the history of professional sports.
For more information or to make an online gift to the 2014 WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon presented by Arbella Insurance Foundation, please visit www.jimmyfundradiotelethon.org