The Red Sox Foundation today announced that voting is now open for the second annual "IMPACT" Awards (Inspiring More Philanthropy Across Charities Together), which provides Red Sox fans in the five New England states outside of Massachusetts with the opportunity to vote for their favorite local non-profits to decide which organizations will be awarded grants.
The foundation will donate a total of $75,000. Voting will help determine a first, second, and third place winner in each of the five states. First place winners will receive a $10,000 award and check presentation during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park, tickets to a game, recognition on the team and foundation websites, and air time to promote their charity during a game in the NESN broadcast booth.
Charities with the second- and third-most votes will receive grants of $3,000 and $2,000 respectively, along with additional benefits. To be eligible, charities must be 501(c)(3) non-profits in good standing whose work is consistent with the Red Sox Foundation's mission of serving the health, education, recreation, and social service needs of children, families and veterans in need across New England.
"We love having Red Sox Nation decide which deserving local charities the foundation should support," said Red Sox Foundation board member Linda Pizzuti Henry. "The IMPACT Awards enables the foundation to reach further across New England and provide much needed funding and greater visibility to the charities that Red Sox fans care most about."
IMPACT Award voting takes place on redsox.com/impact. Voting deadlines for each state are as follows:
The five charities chosen as last year's IMPACT Award winners are Camp Rising Sun in Connecticut, Maine Cancer Foundation, Easter Seals of New Hampshire, Children's Friend in Rhode Island, and Brattleboro Retreat in Vermont.