Red Sox Announce Valentine's Day Recipients of the "100 Acts of Kindness"

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox and the Red Sox Foundation today announced that Heritage Assisted Living Center in Framingham, MA; Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center in Auburn MA; and Mayflower Senior Center in Springfield, MA were collectively chosen as the recipients of the Valentine’s Day Act of Kindness.  These organizations will each be visited by a group from the Red Sox Front Office on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14, 2012 who will bring Valentine’s Day roses for everyone and spend time with the seniors.  These events bring the total number of “Acts of Kindness” to 11.

Heritage Assisted Living Center, Framingham, MA: The group from the Red Sox will visit the seniors at the Heritage Assisted Living Center from 9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.  Heritage at Framingham is an award winning independent and assisted living community, which provides senior living settings for various types of residents. One setting is for residents who need independent living services or traditional assisted living services. Another setting is specifically designed for residents needing memory care as a result of Alzheimer's disease or other form of dementia.  Heritage was recognized by the National Council on Senior Housing as the best designed assisted living community in the United States.

Mayflower Senior Center, Springfield, MA: The next stop of the day will be at the Mayflower Senior Center in Springfield, MA from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Operated by the Department of Elder Affairs of the Town of Springfield, MA and established in 1984, the center includes baby boomers and the newly retired offering them a wide range of activities, including a weight-loss support group, a diabetic support group, inspirational Aerobic workouts, meditation, and a twice-a-month lunch program.  It is actively involved in serving the local community and once a month, a core group of dedicated volunteers pack bags of food for elders through the ‘Brown Bag Program,’ an initiative through the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center, Auburn, MA: The Red Sox group’s final stop of the day will be at the Valentine’s Day tea organized at the Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center in Auburn, MA from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Formerly the Auburn Senior Center, it is the oldest freestanding senior center in Central Massachusetts and has been operating continuously since 1978.  The center is operated by the Council of Aging of the Town of Auburn, MA and provides services, activities, information and referrals for senior citizens.

About the 100 Acts of Kindness: As a way to highlight and support the important work done by the many charitable institutions throughout New England, the Red Sox will be engaging in “100 Acts of Kindness” with various not-for-profit organizations during the 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park in 2012. These “100 Acts of Kindness” will take on a number of different forms, including donations, volunteer efforts and hosting community events. Each Act will be designed to highlight organizations and causes throughout New England. All Acts of Kindness will be conducted by a combination of Red Sox ownership, players, alumni and staff. Additional Acts of Kindness will be announced throughout 2012, culminating with 100 Acts by the end of this 100th Anniversary year.