David Dombrowski

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2016) – David Dombrowski, president of baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox, will serve as this year’s Evening with the Red Sox guest speaker, sharing his experience in the baseball industry and what fans can look forward to as he takes his new position with the team.

Dombrowski was named president of baseball operations for the Red Sox on Aug. 18, 2015. In this role he is responsible for all baseball matters for the club. An experienced baseball executive, Dombrowski has nearly 40 years of service in Major League Baseball.

He most recently served as president, CEO and general manager of the Detroit Tigers. Dombrowski also spent 10 years as general manager for the Florida Marlins prior to joining the Tigers and served the Montreal Expos for parts of five years from 1986 to 1991 in a variety of front-office roles. He was recognized as the UPI Major League Executive of the Year, and Baseball America acknowledged the Expos as Organization of the Year in both 1988 and 1990. In 1998, the Marlins were honored by USA Today as Organization of the Year.

Dombrowski received his first baseball experience in 1978 with the Chicago White Sox, where he spent four seasons working in the minor league and scouting department, and in the player development department before being named assistant general manager in 1981. He eventually was named vice president of baseball operations for the club in December 1985.

Throughout his career, Dombrowski has received numerous awards for his achievements in baseball. A native of Chicago, he attended Cornell University – where he played football – for one year, but later transferred to Western Michigan University where he earned a degree in business administration in 1979. His alma mater recognized him with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998.

Benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, the 11th Annual Evening with the Red Sox will be held on Wednesday, March 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Bell Tower Shops, located at 13051 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers. The evening will begin at 5:30 and include a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, dinner, autograph signings from Red Sox players, and silent and live auctions that will include exciting trips to major cities, sports memorabilia packages, theme park passes, golf outings and more. Last year’s event included autograph signings by former Red Sox Manager John Farrell, former Red Sox player Derek Lowe and current players Brock Holt, Joe Kelly and Tommy Layne.

Bill Banfield, the voice behind the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles and co-host of FGCU Eagles Hotline Coaches Show on ESPN Radio 99.3, will serve as the event’s emcee.

This year’s presenting sponsors are Allstate Insurance and Ted Todd Insurance.

Sponsorships and tables of 10 are available from $1,600. Donations for auction items are also being accepted. Funds raised during the event provide more than 30,000 hours of service to more than 420 young people in our community who are a part of the BGCLC. Last year, more than 1,300 youth demonstrated academic success, character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles from the agency’s programs.

Celebrating 41 years of providing quality youth programs and brighter futures for young people in the Lee County community, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County work to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The BGCLC strives to provide a safe, world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through its doors. The organization envisions all of its members graduating high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship while adapting a healthy lifestyle.

The area’s five Clubs are located in communities with the greatest need where similar services are limited or nonexistent. Membership dues are $10 per school year so that all children can have access to its programs. The BGCLC relies upon the philanthropic support of individuals, corporations and foundations in order to sustain and grow its services.

For more information, to register, sponsor or donate to the event, contact Shannon Lane at 239-334-1886 or slane@bgclc.net.