The 2008 Red Sox Foundation Charitable Ring Raffle winners will receive their prizes during a pre-game ceremony at Fenway Park today. Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner and President /CEO Larry Lucchino will join Jostens President and CEO Tim Larson and Volvo Cars of America President and CEO Doug Speck in making the presentations.
The first nine winners will receive 2007 World Championship Rings identical to those received by the players. The rings, each customized with the winner's last name, were donated to the Red Sox Foundation by Jostens. The 'lucky tenth' winner will receive a Boston Red Sox Special Edition Volvo C30, donated by Volvo.
The ten lucky winners are:
Richard Ward, Stoughton, MA – A National Guardsman and Military Technician, Richard was a helicopter mechanic out of Otis Air Force Base while serving in Iraq and Kuwait. In speaking about the ring, he said, "After the things we’ve been through the past couple of years, this is especially precious to me and my family. It will be a treasured heirloom." Richard’s son, Thomas, says he already has plans to propose to his future wife with the ring but, he said, "I will ask the minister to change the words of the ceremony to make sure that my future wife pledges to love ME more than the ring!"
Michele Twohig, Braintree, MA – Michele is a food service worker for the city’s public schools and cheerfully describes herself as "the lunch lady". The 42-year-old, who also serves as League Secretary for the Braintree Babe Ruth Little League, held lucky ticket number 100. Michele said the way an "average fan could be honored by the team’s owners and players and share their World Series Rings just underscores what makes the Red Sox special. This ring will be in our family forever."
Daniel Begin, Hampden, MA – Daniel is a member of the U.S. National Guard and flew C-130 Aircraft while stationed in Iraq. The person he is most looking forward to sharing his World Series ring with is his 87-year-old grandfather. He will also take it to the cemetery where his grandmother is buried. "She was a true Red Sox fan and would be so proud."
Jim Warren, Topsfield, MA – A commercial banker at Sovereign Bank, Jim bought the raffle tickets at the urging of his twin 26-year-old girls. Liz and Becky, both disabled since birth, are "truly, deeply devoted to the Red Sox" according to their father. Warren’s ticket was the ninth and final one drawn to win a 2007 World Series ring – an event his wife, Shirley, says has been a "life-altering" experience for their family.
Eric Clemson, Peabody, MA – Eric, an aircraft technician for Delta Airlines, learned he was a winner a few hours after the drawing was held. "The Red Sox Foundation called my house, but I was at a party down the Cape. My son called me to tell me about the message. Right then, I knew I was a winner. I was pumped, so excited!"
Lawrence Iarossi, Kingston, MA – A former Deputy Sheriff for Suffolk County, Lawrence is looking forward to being on the field with his family and receiving his ring. "My kids think the ring is wicked awesome. They will probably fight over who will have it in their bedroom first. I might let them wear it to school….we’ll see."
Vickie Lanza, Windham, NH – Vickie, a print buyer for Fidelity Investments, attends as many games as she can each year. "The Red Sox owners and players are amazing to allow the team charity to raise funds this way. There is just so much energy and joy generated by allowing fans have a chance to own something like this for just $10!"
Daniel Strasshofer, South Boston, MA – Daniel, an accountant, received an urgent message from the Red Sox Foundation as he was boarding a plane to Boston. "To be honest, I thought it was a mistake and my buddies joked that maybe the team needed an additional pitcher." When he got home Daniel checked his raffle tickets and learned he was a winner.
Jay Burke, Reading, MA – A Senior Vice President at Fidelity Investments, Jay purchased five raffle tickets for two reasons: to support a good cause and for his daughter Emily, who was convinced "she would win because she is the biggest Jacoby fan."
Linda Brennan, Montpelier, VT – Linda will take home the Special Edition Red Sox Volvo C30 as the tenth "lucky winner" of the Charitable Ring Raffle. A state government worker, Linda said, "I’m not sure of my plans for the Volvo just yet, but with two teenagers in the house I have a feeling I will have to wait my turn to drive!"
Detailed bios on all of the winners, including additional quotes and commentary on what winning the World Series rings and Volvo mean to them, are available on the Red Sox Public Affairs FTP site which can be accessed through ftp://public-affairs.redsox.com/. Username: PR; Password: marty. Contact information on all winners is available by contacting Susan Goodenow (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marty Ray (email@example.com) of the Red Sox Public Affairs Department.
"When you think of the rarity of championship rings -- and a car that commemorates that championship -- Red Sox fans must be elated at the chance to own something of historical significance," said Doug Speck, Volvo's President and CEO. "For Volvo to be part of this amazing raffle, and to be part of Red Sox history, is humbling."
About the 2008 Charitable Ring Raffle
The 2008 Charitable Ring Raffle sold over 135,000 tickets and raised over $1.35 million for the Red Sox Foundation, the official 501c3 team charity of the Boston Red Sox. More than twice as many tickets were sold by the Red Sox Foundation through in-person sales as were sold on line. Red Sox Foundation members also broke the MLB record for in-person raffle ticket sales, surpassing the first World Series Ring Raffle mark for in-park sales three years ago, when the Foundation raffled off three World Series rings following the team’s historic 2004 World Series win. The Red Sox Foundation was the first team charity in MLB history to raffle off World Series rings in a charitable auction.
About the 2007 World Championship Rings
Made by Jostens, the 2007 World Series Championship ring is cast in brilliant white gold. The top of the ring has twenty-eight round brilliant-cut diamonds channel-set around the bottom of the bezel. On the top of the bezel, recessed in black letters, are the words "WORLD CHAMPIONS". Centered on top of the ring is the Red Sox logo, (a pair of red socks) cast in brilliant white gold each set with four custom fitted natural rubies mounted on a diamond base crest depicting a baseball diamond. The diamond base crest is inlaid with fourteen princess-cut diamonds. The baseball diamond overhangs an inner bezel and is set on a field of four custom faceted synthetic blue sapphires.
About the Volvo C30 and Volvo Cars of North America
Only 107 of the Special Edition C30s were produced with each car built to commemorate a Red Sox victory during the 2007 season. A numbered dash plaque in the Volvos indicates which of the 107 victories each car represents. Signifying the championship-clinching game, Red Sox Special Edition Volvo C30 number 107 was donated by Volvo to The Red Sox Foundation for the World Series charity raffle. VCNA provides marketing, sales, service, technology and training to Volvo automobile retailers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information on the entire Volvo product lineup please refer to the Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, public relations website at: http://www.volvocars-pr.com/.
About the Red Sox Foundation
The Red Sox Foundation is the official 501c3 team charity of the Boston Red Sox. The Foundation's primary focus is serving the health, education, recreation, and social service needs of children and families in need across New England. Created by Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President/CEO Larry Lucchino and their partners in 2002, the Red Sox Foundation has quickly become one of the largest team charities in Major League Baseball. The team charity’s cornerstone programs include The Jimmy Fund, Red Sox Scholars, RBI and Rookie League youth baseball and the Dimock Center in Roxbury. The Red Sox Foundation also supports many other nonprofits serving youth and families in need in New England with a principal focus on the Boston area where the team’s historic ballpark is located. For more information, contact Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Meg Vaillancourt at 617-226-6614 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the team’s charitable outreach, please visit www.redsoxfoundation.org.