The Boston Red Sox and the Red Sox Foundation today announced that the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) have been chosen as the latest beneficiaries of the "100 Acts of Kindness," a program that recognizes and supports the work of charitable organizations throughout New England during Fenway Park's 100th anniversary season. With the selection of the Girl Scouts and Canine Companions, the total number of "Acts of Kindness" now stands at 19.
This latest act will be carried out with the generous support of Eukanuba Dog Foods, who created 10,000 special edition packages of Eukanuba Healthy Extra Dog Treats called Fenway Dog Treats. The Fenway Dog Treats will be sold for $8 during each home game at Fenway Park, starting on Opening Day, by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and Canine Companions for Independence volunteers. All proceeds from the Fenway Dog Treat sales will benefit the Girl Scouts and Canine Companions.
"Eukanuba is proud to work with the Red Sox to support the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and Canine Companions for Independence," says Julie Franklin, Eukanuba External Relations Specialist. "These organizations go above and beyond to make a difference in the Boston community through their acts of service."
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts' mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. They serve more than 41,000 girls ages 5-17 across Eastern Massachusetts. The Girls Scouts are also celebrating their 100th anniversary.
"We are so excited to partner with the Red Sox Foundation and Eukanuba, as one of the Red Sox Foundation's 100 Acts of Kindness. With their generous support, we will be able to bring the high quality Girl Scout leadership experiences to communities where girls have not historically had the opportunity to experience Girl Scouts and help them to set their pathways to success," explains Ruth N. Bramson, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass.
Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs that help children, adults and veterans with disabilities. The assistance dogs aren't just the eyes and ears, hands and legs of their human partners, but also their goodwill ambassadors, and often their best friends. Fenway, the official service dog in training of the Boston Red Sox is a Canine Companions for Independence puppy.
"Canine Companions is delighted to be selected as one of the Red Sox 100 Acts of Kindness," states Debbie Dougherty, Canine Companions Northeast Executive Director. "Thanks to Eukanuba and the Boston Red Sox for their efforts with this partnership which will enable us to continue to fulfill our mission of placing assistance dogs for people with disabilities free of charge."
The dog treats will be on sale at Fenway Park during every home game, while supplies last, and will also be available at the Red Sox Team Store on Yawkey Way and in the three Girl Scouts stores in Waltham, Middleboro and North Andover. For more information on how to purchase the dog treats, and for specific information on the locations of the Girl Scout stores, visit fenwaydogtreats.com.
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 and beyond, the Red Sox are engaging in "100 Acts of Kindness" with various not-for-profit organizations during the 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park in 2012. These acts 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. Red Sox ownership, players, alumni, and staff will participate. Additional acts will be announced throughout 2012, culminating with 100 by the end of this 100th Anniversary year.