The Charity Behind Fenway to the Runway Event

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Behind all the glitz and glamour of the “From Fenway to the Runway Event”, stands a hearty and passionate charity that has become the philanthropic pulse of the Boston Red Sox – and its official charity.  The Red Sox Foundation harnesses the passion of Red Sox Nation to make a difference in the lives of children, veterans, families and communities in need throughout New England by improving their health, educational and recreational opportunities.

Immediately after taking ownership, John Henry and his partners also founded — and funded — the Red Sox Foundation, which has become the largest and one of the fastest-growing team charities in Major League Baseball. Though a relative newcomer to the New England philanthropic community, it has won numerous awards for its imaginative outreach and impact, including the 2009 national “Best Sports Charity” award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project.

Through ongoing fundraising efforts, the Foundation awards millions of dollars a year through various initiatives, grants, and scholarships, including the Red Sox Scholars program – a college scholarship and enrichment program that benefits Boston Public School students. 

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One of the founders of Dirty Water Media, Julie Fairweather serves as the company’s managing editor, marketing director and contributing writer/producer. In addition to her work with Dirty Water Media, Julie is also an award-winning journalist with 20+ years experience developing marketing and public relations strategies for emerging businesses. Julie has also worked as an assignment manager and reporter for WLVI-TV 56 in Boston and a news anchor and reporter from an NBC affiliate in North Platte, NE. Julie is a past President and former Executive Director of The Publicity Club of New England, a 300-member trade organization for the Greater Boston public relations community. She also taught broadcast journalism and radio and television producing at her alma mater Emerson College in Boston, MA. Her most accomplished position is as the mother to her three amazing children.

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