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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Sox, MLB, union, fans make big donation

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- The Red Sox, Major League Baseball, the MLB Players’ Association and members of Red Sox Nation made a $646,500 contribution to The One Fund Boston, the nonprofit organization set up to help those affected by Monday’s Marathon bombings.

The donations include $100,000 by the Red Sox, $500,000 from MLB and the MLBPA and $46,500 from the Red Sox Foundation, a result of contributions made by fans at Fenway Park this weekend.

“Baseball has become an integral part of the Patriots Day celebrations here in Boston,” Red Sox principal owner John Henry said. “When the game ends, many of the more than 37,000 fans walk from Fenway Park to the finish line to cheer the Marathon runners on Boylston Street. This tragedy directly affected many of our most ardent fans. We continue to send our sympathies to all who have felt the impact of these terribly sad events.”

In addition to the donations, the Red Sox, MLB and MLBPA will continue to raise funds.

“We are grateful to our colleagues in baseball for reaching out as they did after the horrible events on April 15,” Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino said. “Their gestures of camaraderie -- even from some of our biggest rivals -- and their generous support means a great deal to our team and to this entire community.

“The contribution to the mayor's One Fund Boston is one important way baseball will help those most affected by Monday’s events. It was that way at Yankee Stadium after 9/11, and we are proud that Fenway Park was such a place for Boston and New England yesterday.”