Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow is preparing for his second Sip Happens fundraiser, on Monday, for his Strike 3 Foundation, benefiting children's cancer research and treatment.
Last year's event at the Boston Children's Museum raised about $100,000, with teammates and local businesses involved. The foundation recently passed the $2 million mark in funds generated and has dispersed more than $1 million in grants.
"Strike 3 has brought people together for a number of years," said Breslow, a Yale grad who has put off med school for his baseball career. "I actually met my wife, Kelly, [the director of business operations] at one of our functions. She showed up to one of our networking events and started bidding on ... I think it was Red Sox-Yankees tickets. I thought to myself, 'Who is this attractive woman who waltzes into a bar one night and starts beating out all the businessmen in the room when it comes to bidding on baseball game tickets?'"
Then they went to a World Series, and then they got married.
"She hit the jackpot," Breslow joked.
Sip Happens will begin with a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. ET, with general admission doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at www.strike3foundation.org.
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