March 10, 2012, Ft. Myers, Florida: (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox)

March 10, 2012, Ft. Myers, Florida:
(Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox)

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2016) – The 11th Annual Evening with the Red Sox dinner and auction will offer a unique list of silent and live auction items as well as a new online bidding option this year for guests to check out packages prior to the event and start bidding early.

Featured live auction showcases include a once-in-a-lifetime trip for four to the city of Boston featuring Fenway Park seats on the famed “Green Monster,” a private VIP tour of the ballpark, on-field access, tour and tastings at Samuel Adams Brewery, hotel accommodations and round-trip airfare; “Hello” from Miami, which includes two tickets to see Adele during her sold-out tour in October, a two-night stay in Miami and $500 gift certificate to the Diamond District; another concert package “Five Alive” for four to see Maroon 5 in September, a two-night stay in Orlando and an additional three-night stay in Kissimmee; “Double Dipping in Orlando” for four to enjoy one-day Park Hopper passes to Disney, one-day tickets to SeaWorld, golf foursome and a five-night stay in Orlando; and the “AA” sports-lover’s trip to Arlington and Atlanta to enjoy four tickets to a Red Sox/Rangers game in June, four season tickets to Six Flags Theme Parks, four premium Atlanta Braves seats during batting practice, tour of Turner Field, access to the field’s 762 club, four-night stay in Dallas, three-night stay in Atlanta and round-trip airfare for four on Southwest Airlines.

The silent auction will feature additional collector-level, hand-signed sports memorabilia, premium sporting event tickets, theme park passes, arts and theater experiences, luxury goods, and an abundance of hotel stays at some of Florida’s most beautiful hotels in Miami, St. Petersburg, Sanibel Island, Tampa, Key West and more.

Once guests register for the event and provide their e-mail address, they will receive the exclusive login information to access the online bidding starting on Feb. 24.

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 auctioneer.

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 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.

Carley Wegner, co-host of the Morning Blend and Paradise TV on FOX 4, will serve as this year’s event emcee, and David Dombrowski, president of baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox, will serve as the guest speaker.

The annual event is sold out. 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.

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

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 about the event or on accessing the online bidding, contact Shannon Lane at 239-334-1886 or