Extreme Home Makover Special helps Red Sox Foundation

The Red Sox Foundation today announced that the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program will, in part, benefit from Friday night's Veterans Day special and fundraiser for veterans programs on ABC's Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition.

The special one-hour show, entitled "Rise and Honor" A Veterans Day Special, will take viewers back to some of the special military stories featured on the show over the years, visiting select heroic families to find out what they have been up to since the makeover show. Red Sox Pitcher Clay Buchholz will make a special guest appearance during the makeover team's visit with a family in Missouri, home to Buchholz's wife Lindsay.

Throughout the show, various celebrities will shine a light on the issues veterans face after serving in the military, as well as the strengths and skills returning veterans bring to the work force and their communities. The celebrities on the show, including Buchholz, will encourage the public to make donations over the phone and web at riseandhonor.org.

The money raised will benefit 6 different veteran charities including Welcome Back Veterans, an MLB charity initiative, in partnership with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, designed to support returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. The Welcome Back Veterans charity in turn, helps support the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, which provides clinical care and support services to service members, veterans and families throughout New England affected by combat or deployment-related stress and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

"The brave men and women who serve our nation have earned not only our respect, but also our support when they return home," said Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation Chairman Tom Werner. "What better time than Veterans Day to honor them and help raise awareness and funds for the critical programs that help the many service members and their families get the care they need and deserve when they return from combat."

In addition to providing clinical care to veterans affected by TBI, the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program also provides community education about the "invisible wounds of war" and research in the understanding and treatment of PTSD and TBI.

For more information about the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, visit homebaseprogram.org or redsoxfoundation.org.

About the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital's Home Base Program provides independent and confidential services to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with traumatic brain injury and/or post-traumatic stress disorder and their families. In an effort to de-stigmatize these injuries and encourage veterans to seek evaluations and treatment, the Red Sox Foundation teamed up with doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital to create a new philanthropic partnership called the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program. The nonprofit has four components including a Veterans Clinic offering confidential evaluation and treatments for vets with PTSD and TBI; Family Support Services providing counseling for families of veterans with PTSD, TB; Research to improve the evaluation, treatment and prevention of PTSD and TBI and Community Education providing local care providers, clergy, social workers and community leaders. For more information about the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program, please visit www.redsoxfoundation.org or www.homebaseprogram.org

About the Red Sox Foundation
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation harnesses the power of Red Sox Nation to support select programs serving at risk children and families across New England. The Foundation's efforts are primarily focused on our cornerstone programs including the Red Sox Scholars Program, which provides tutoring, mentoring, enrichment programs and a college scholarship to academically talented but economically disadvantaged Boston public school students and the Red Sox Foundation's RBI and Rookie League youth baseball program serving more than 2,000 inner city teens each summer. The team charity also supports the new Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress disorders and traumatic brain injury, The Dimock Center in Roxbury and The Jimmy Fund in support of Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

A 501c3 nonprofit, the Red Sox Foundation raises most of its funds through special events and charitable donations. Founded and initially funded by Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President/CEO Larry Lucchino and their partners, the Red Sox Foundation has won numerous awards for the impact of its innovative programs. Last year, the Red Sox Scholars program was recognized by Major League Baseball with the first-ever "MLB Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence." In 2009, the Red Sox Foundation was also honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project with the Patterson Award as the nation's "Best Team Charity in Sports." The Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation is the team's Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Meg Vaillancourt. For more information about the Red Sox Foundation, please visit www.redsoxfoundation.org.