BOSTON (August 16, 2012) – WEEI Sports Radio 93.7 FM/850 AM and New England Sports Network (NESN) are proud to announce that the 11th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon will take place at Fenway Park on Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 6 a.m. to midnight. The emotional two-day event has become one of the Jimmy Fund’s biggest annual fundraisers. In 2011, more than $3.3 million was raised, bringing the ten-year total to nearly $28 million.
Contributions are already well underway, thanks to the 5th Annual “Tame the Tigers” golf tournament, which was held on May 14 at The International in Bolton, Mass. The event raised more than $100,000 this year, and more than $350,000 during the past five years.
This year’s 36-hour WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon will feature touching, compelling stories from Dana-Farber patients, doctors and nurses, as well as guest commentary from sports and entertainment celebrities, including Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino and numerous Red Sox players.
“It still amazes me how much progress has been made in cancer research and patient care in the 11 years since we started this event,” said Jason Wolfe, VP of Programming and Operations for Entercom Boston. “We are all humbled by the incredible generosity and support of WEEI’s listeners, NESN’s viewers and sports fans from around the country who reach into their pockets every year to help us win this fight against cancer,” he added.
“The most important two days on NESN’s broadcast calendar are when we team up with WEEI and the Red Sox to help the Jimmy Fund make a real difference in the lives of those afflicted with cancer,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO. “Every year we are amazed by the incredible work being done by Dana-Farber’s team of doctors and care givers, which further motivates us to redouble our efforts to help rally Red Sox fans to step up and support the Jimmy Fund.”
To help strike out cancer during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, call 877-738-1234 toll free. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to contribute online, go to www.jimmyfundradiotelethon.org.
About Entercom Communications
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM), led by President and CEO David Field, is one of the five largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, with a nationwide portfolio of 111 stations in 23 markets, including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento and Kansas City.
Known for developing unique and highly successful locally programmed stations, Entercom is home to some of radio's most distinguished brands and compelling personalities. The company is also the radio broadcast partner of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Kansas City Royals, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Athletics and San Jose Sharks.
Entercom focuses on creating effective integrated marketing solutions for its customers that incorporate the company's audio, digital and experiential assets. Additionally, the company has a long-standing commitment to responsible corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship. Entercom stations play a vital, hands-on role in improving their communities, providing over $100 million in annual support for local charitable organizations.
The company's radio stations have received numerous awards, including multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism as well as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Award for excellence in radio broadcasting.
NESN has consistently been one of the top rated regional sports networks in the country with award-winning Red Sox and Bruins coverage. The network is delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and an additional 4.4 million homes nationally as NESN National. NESN.com, the network’s online sports news service, is one of the most visited regional sports network websites in the country. NESN also produces a number of distinctive programs under its umbrella Original NESN Entertainment (ONE). NESN is owned by Fenway Sports Group (owners of the Boston Red Sox) and the Boston Bruins.
About the Jimmy Fund
The Jimmy Fund (www.JimmyFund.org) solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. It is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the official charity of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, and the Variety Children's Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide. Follow the Jimmy Fund on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thejimmyfund and on Twitter: @TheJimmyFund.
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