BOSTON (April 19, 2012) – WEEI announces Arbella Insurance Foundation as a partner for the 11th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon set for August 21st and 22nd at Fenway Park. The emotional two day event has become one of the biggest fundraisers of the Jimmy Fund’s year. In 2011, more than $3.4 million dollars were raised, bringing the ten year total to nearly $28 million dollars.
Donations are already underway, thanks to the Arbella Insurance Foundation, a proud partner of the event. This year, the Arbella Insurance Foundation will make the “Extra effort to drive out cancer” by donating $50 for every extra base hit by Red Sox batters, up to $50,000. The public can visit the Arbella Insurance tote board on WEEI.com/extra after every game to track the nightly total.
The 36-hour broadcast will feature truly compelling stories from Jimmy Fund patients and doctors, as well as celebrity guests from the sports and entertainment worlds. Numerous sports celebrities and Hollywood stars have supported the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon over the years including Mo Vaughn, John Valentin, Terry Francona, Joe Girardi, Tim Wakefield, Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Varitek, Jonathan Papelbon, Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, Keegan Bradley, Maria Menounos, Dane Cook, Kelly Clarkson and more.
Jason Wolfe, VP of Programming and Operations for Entercom Boston said, “It’s because of great partners like Arbella that this event continues to grow. John Donohue and his team go above and beyond the call for the Jimmy Fund and it’s our pleasure to work with him again this year as we look forward to eclipsing 30 million dollars in donations for the radio-telethon.”
"Arbella's Foundation has had a long commitment to helping cancer patients and their families in New England, and we are thrilled and honored to extend our support of the Radio-Telethon to include this new 'Extra effort to drive out cancer,'" said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman and president of the Arbella Insurance Foundation. "We applaud WEEI, the Red Sox and of course the Jimmy Fund, for all the important work they do to further cancer research and care right here in our communities."
To help drive 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 the Arbella Insurance Group and the Arbella Insurance Foundation
Established in 1988, the Arbella Insurance Group (www.arbella.com) is a company with more than $600M in revenue with approximately $1B in assets, headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Arbella is a customer-focused regional property and casualty insurance company, providing personal and business insurance in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and business insurance in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Arbella Insurance Group founded the Arbella Insurance Foundation in 2004. The mission of Arbella’s Foundation is to engage in activities and to support not-for-profit organizations that have a significant positive impact on the people and communities served by Arbella.
The Jimmy Fund, an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, supports the fight against cancer at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping to raise the chances of survival for children and adults with cancer around the world. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund (www.jimmyfund.org) save countless lives by furthering cancer research and care.
Entercom is one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasters with operations, pro forma for pending acquisitions, in San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Sacramento, Cincinnati, Portland, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Austin, Norfolk, Buffalo, New Orleans, Providence, Memphis, Greensboro, Rochester, Greenville/Spartanburg, Madison, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Springfield and Gainesville/Ocala.
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 3.7 million homes nationally as NESN National. NESN.com is the most visited regional sports network website in the country (ComScore, April 2012). 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.
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