Angela Melvin & Katie Haas

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 5, 2016) – The Boston Red Sox recently donated a total of $12,500 to three local nonprofits as a follow-up to their sixth annual week of giving back to communities in Southwest Florida.

In February, members of the Red Sox uniformed personnel and front office staff performed a day of community service that included Community Cooperative and Valerie’s House, who each received $5,000. The Red Sox also worked with sponsor CVS on hosting Goodwill’s L.I.F.E. Academy students at the ballpark during Spring Training and recently presented them with a check for $2,500.

“We are proud to support various nonprofits across Southwest Florida,” said Katie Haas, vice president of Florida business operations. “Over the past six years, we have given thousands of dollars back to the community to support the good work of organizations in Lee County that, every day, are serving people here who are most in need,”

In 2016, the Boston Red Sox also honored their first 13 local high school seniors presenting them each a $5,000 college scholarship by the Red Sox Foundation. Scholarship funds were raised from proceeds of the 2015 Swings for the Sox Golf Tournament to benefit the newly created Red Sox Scholarship in partnership with the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. Annually, the Red Sox Foundation plans to award a $5,000 scholarship to attend college to one deserving student from each of the 13 public high schools in Lee County.

The Red Sox Foundation’s fifth annual Swings For The Sox golf tournament will be held Oct. 14, 2016.

The Red Sox Foundation is a 501c3 and the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox. The foundation’s primary focus locally is in serving the health, education, recreation, and social service needs of children and families across Southwest Florida. The Red Sox Foundation is one of the most successful in all of Major League Baseball.