The Fund was launched in 1948 with the help of the Variety Club of New England (now the Variety Children's Charity of New England). The club organized a radio broadcast from the bedside of a young cancer patient, Einar Gustafson, dubbed "Jimmy" to protect his privacy as he was visited by members of the Boston Braves baseball team. Contributions poured in to buy Jimmy a television set so he could watch the Braves play.
From his first radio broadcast that launched the Jimmy Fund in the late 1940s to his countless appearances at Jimmy Fund events, the Jimmy Fund's original "Jimmy," was an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people throughout New England.
The Jimmy Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community fundraising events since its founding. Eighty-six cents of every dollar given goes directly to cancer research and patient care.
|The Jimmy Fund|
|Named after||Einar "Jimmy" Gustafson|
|Purpose||Cancer research and patient care|
|Affiliations||Dana–Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Red Sox|
Jimmy's story began in 1948, when Einar Gustafson was a 12-year-old patient of Dr. Sidney Farber, founder of the Children's Cancer Research Foundation (eventually renamed Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) and a pioneer of modern chemotherapy.
Gustafson longed for a television set so he could watch his favorite baseball team — the Boston Braves. He was selected to speak on Ralph Edwards' national radio program, "Truth or Consequences," on May 22, 1948, which was broadcast from Gustafson's hospital room. During the broadcast, Edwards spoke to the young cancer patient from his Hollywood studio as Braves players crowded into Jimmy's hospital room in Boston. The show ended with a plea for listeners to send donations so Jimmy could get his TV set. Not only did he get his wish, but also more than $200,000 was collected in one year to support Dr. Farber's research. Thus began the Jimmy Fund.
Following his brush with celebrity and the remission of his cancer, Gustafson returned to his family's farm in northern Maine and later lived for many years in Massachusetts. Despite clues over the years to Jimmy's fate, Dana-Farber's employees assumed that he had died, due to the low cure rates for pediatric cancers in 1948. While never intentionally concealing his role as "Jimmy," Gustafson remained anonymous until 1998, the 50th anniversary of the original radio broadcast.
After his "welcome back" to Dana-Farber, Gustafson's story was featured in People Magazine and Sports Illustrated, and in newspapers nationwide. In 1999, his home state of Maine held a Recognition Day for him, and he was named honorary chairman of the Jimmy Fund.
Gustafson's many efforts on behalf of the Jimmy Fund since his re-emergence included recording public service announcements for radio and television, visiting patients at Dana-Farber, and appearing at various Jimmy Fund events. He also drove a trailer truck with the charity's logo and slogan— "Because it takes more than courage to beat cancer"— emblazoned on it.
Gustafson died of a stroke at age 65 on January 22, 2001.
Ranked as the top cancer hospital in New England, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is recognized by the National Cancer Institute as one of the world’s leaders in cancer treatment and research. The Jimmy Fund raises money solely for Dana-Farber.
The Jimmy Fund Clinic is one of the world's premier centers for pediatric cancer research and treatment. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has been the top ranked cancer hospital in New England by U.S. News and World Report for 17 consecutive years, and is the only cancer center in the country ranked in the top 4 for both adult and pediatric cancer programs.
Starting in the 1940s, when Institute founder Sidney Farber, M.D., used drug therapy to achieve the first-ever remissions of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Dana-Farber researchers have made strides against virtually every type of cancer that strikes children, from solid tumors that involve individual organs to those that affect blood or lymph.
The clinic was designed to appeal to children, with Disney paintings on the walls and playrooms.
The Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund share one of the longest sports partnerships in history.
The Red Sox formed a partnership with the Jimmy Fund on April 10, 1953, after the Braves left Boston for Milwaukee, and has continued to support the organization since. The anniversary of the partnership generally falls just before the Red Sox Home Opener. It is celebrated with the display of the Boston Red Sox/Jimmy Fund logo on the "Green Monster" in Fenway Park. In addition, the Red Sox team along with radio station WEEI-FM and TV station NESN hold a 36-hour radio-telethon at Fenway Park in August, which is Jimmy Fund month at the park.
Ted Williams was integral in helping to raise funds for the Children's Cancer Research Foundation (now Dana-Farber Cancer Institute). He was an important aid to founder Dr. Sidney Farber, spreading word of Farber's research to help save lives from the scourge of cancer.
Ted Williams was the Red Sox' biggest star when the Jimmy Fund was founded in 1948. He had a special love for children and was always willing to visit them in the hospital with no fanfare. He also continuously took part in Jimmy Fund fundraising efforts on behalf of the Red Sox organization, going to Little League games, American Legion banquets, temples and churches, movie houses, department stores for autograph sessions, even cookouts on Boston Common. Williams also announced that all checks for the Jimmy Fund sent to Fenway Park would be endorsed with his autograph for the donors.
It is estimated that Williams is personally responsible for raising millions of dollars in the fight against cancer and other related diseases.
Former Red Sox second baseman Mike Andrews — who was chairman of the Jimmy Fund for 30 years — says that working for the Jimmy Fund was the best thing he'd ever done in his life.
Andrews' commitment began during his rookie season with the Sox in 1967 when he spent a few minutes with a patient before a game at the request of Bill Koster, then chairman of the Jimmy Fund for nearly 30 years. After retiring from baseball in 1973, Andrews worked with former Red Sox announcer Ken Coleman, who had just been appointed executive director of the Jimmy Fund. Andrews dedicated himself to the charity full-time and was appointed chairman of the Jimmy Fund in 1979, a position he held until 2010.
Boston Red Sox President/CEO Emeritus, Larry Lucchino, was named Chairman of the Jimmy Fund in 2016. Lucchino has long been a supporter, leader, Trustee, and patient of Dana-Farber, which twice helped save his life from cancer over the last 30 years.
"The opportunity to participate in the leadership of the Jimmy Fund is an honor and a duty," said Lucchino in 2015. "I want to deepen my connection with this remarkable organization which is on the front line in the battle against cancer, and I am eager to expand the important work of raising awareness, more funds, and support to help us treat, research, and conquer this miserable disease."
During his time with the Boston Red Sox, Lucchino has personally supported many Jimmy Fund fundraising events including the Pan-Mass Challenge, Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk, Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl®, WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, Boston Red Sox/Jimmy Fund License Plates, and more.
Several organizations have stood out in their support of the Jimmy Fund.
The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a fundraising bike-a-thon started in 1980 by Billy Starr. It raises more money than any other single athletic fundraiser in the country. The PMC generates 54% of the Jimmy Fund's annual revenue as of 2018 and is the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's single largest donor. In 2018, more than 6,300 cyclists participated in the event, including 900 cancer survivors, and the event raised $56 million. From 1980 to 2018, the event has raised a total of $654 million. Cyclists ride for one or two days, on one of 12 routes ranging from 25 to 192 miles long running through 46 Massachusetts towns. Riders commit to raising between $600 and $8,000, depending on the route they will be riding.
Among the oldest athletic clubs in the country, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) plays a primary role in the success of four fundraising events that benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute — the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk, Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, the B.A.A. Half Marathon®, and the B.A.A. 5K®.
Since 1989, the B.A.A. has provided volunteers and logistical support to the Walk, the only event other than the Boston Marathon itself that is sanctioned by the B.A.A. to use the official marathon name and 42.195-kilometre (26.219 mi) route. The B.A.A. has partnered with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge since 1990, by providing official race entries to runners who raise money for Dana-Farber.
The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association adopted the Jimmy Fund as their official charity in 1953. Even before that date, the chiefs visited young patients at Dana-Farber and began raising money to support its mission by holding softball games, picnics, canister collections, and other special programs that still continue today.
A non-profit charity associated with the entertainment industry, the New England chapter of the Variety Club (now called the Variety Children's Charity of New England) was instrumental in the creation of the Jimmy Fund.
Variety Club members became involved after hearing Dana-Farber founder Dr. Sidney Farber, MD, speak about his research into children's cancer in 1947. The club raised $45,000 in its first fundraising drive to support Farber's research at the Children's Cancer Research Foundation.
Later that year, it was a Variety Club barker who convinced Ralph Edwards of the "Truth or Consequences" radio show to hold a radio broadcast from the bedside of a 12-year-old boy dubbed "Jimmy" - a campaign that raised $200,000 to launch the Jimmy Fund.
The Jimmy Fund/Variety Children's Charity Theatre Collections were started in 1949 and added to that amount, and within four years, Farber was able to cease working in the basement of Children's Hospital and move to roomier quarters in the new four-story Jimmy Fund Building.
Thanks to the efforts of the organization, Hollywood stars such as John Wayne, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Joan Crawford, and Frank Sinatra have given their time, talents, and influence to solicit contributions for the charity. In 1953, Deborah Kerr recorded an on-screen appeal which aired in theaters following showings of "From Here to Eternity". The Variety Club now sponsors an annual golf tournament to benefit the Jimmy Fund, and its theater collections program.
The Jimmy Fund consists of more than 700 events organized either by the charity or by volunteer supporters who wish to raise money in honor or memory of loves ones, many of whom have been treated at Dana-Farber. The following events are some of the best known.
Started in 1989, the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk gives participants the opportunity to follow the course of the 42.195-kilometre (26.219 mi) Boston Marathon® in honor or memory of friends, family, co-workers, and patients facing all forms of cancer. It is the only event other than the Boston Marathon itself that is sanctioned by the Boston Athletic Association to use the historic route. Walkers choose from one of four route options designed for all levels of fitness. It raises more money than any other single-day walk in the country.
The Jimmy Fund Golf program is the oldest and largest organized charity golf program in the country. Now in its 35th year, Jimmy Fund Golf raises funds to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Jimmy Fund Golf Program has more than 160 golf fundraisers that include 18-hole golf tournaments, mini golf events and day-long golf marathons.
The WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon is an annual 2 day radio-telethon, usually held in August, featuring celebrity guests and callers as well as personal stories of the patients, doctors and researchers supported by the Jimmy Fund.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund is the Presenting Sponsor and Exclusive Charity Partner of the B.A.A. Half Marathon. This 13.1-mile, rolling course is an out-and-back route along Boston's renowned Emerald Necklace park system. The race begins and ends at White Stadium in Franklin Park, one of the oldest public parks in the country.
Rally for the Jimmy Fund offers workplaces and schools the opportunity to celebrate Fenway Park’s Opening Day by wearing Red Sox gear to work or school.
The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® is the nation's largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival. Founded in 1983, this annual three-day event dishes out 10 tons of summer's finest to nearly 30,000 ice cream lovers from across the nation. Made possible by the generous contributions of the industry's largest ice cream companies.
Every summer since the theater program started in 1949, participating movie theaters show a short film of the work being done at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Then, an announcement is made asking if anyone would like to make a gift to the Jimmy Fund followed by volunteers going around the theater with canisters collecting from the audience money for cancer research and patient care.
The Boston Red Sox/Jimmy Fund License Plate is a longtime partnership with the Red Sox Foundation. The branded license plate is available through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Jimmy Fund Little League provides more than 5,000 little league baseball and softball players throughout New England the chance to continue playing after their regular season ends by fundraising and participating in local tournaments. Since 1987, off the field these players have taken to their communities to raise vital funds for the Jimmy Fund, while learning the importance of philanthropy and volunteerism.
John Hancock Fenway Fantasy Day offers a chance for baseball fans to step up to Fenway Park's plate to support the Jimmy Fund. Batters get the chance to hit a ball over Fenway's left field wall (the "Green Monster"), while fielders get to test their skills at snagging fly balls or making double plays on the field.
An Evening with Champions (EWC) is an annual benefit figure skating show organized by students of Harvard University. The event is a two-day skating show generally in October, which regularly attracts world-class skaters, thousands of spectators, hundreds of Harvard students, special guests, and donors. The show is entirely student-run and is managed completely by volunteer work. All profits go to the Jimmy Fund, one of New England's most cherished charities, and EWC is one of the oldest continually-running fundraising events for the charity. The Jimmy Fund supports pediatric and adult cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After the 45th show in 2015, An Evening with Champions has donated over $2.9 million for the Jimmy Fund.
The show was originally conceived in 1970 by John Misha Petkevich, the two-time Olympic competitor who was at that time a junior at Harvard living in Eliot House, which became (and has remained) the official host of the show. The show has been continually produced every fall since 1970, with the exception of a special spring show in April 2010, commemorating the 40th anniversary of EWC.
Many current and former U.S. and international champions and Olympic competitors have appeared in the show over the years. The show usually features a mix of up-and-coming elite competitors and established champions. Past shows' skaters have included Michelle Kwan, Brian Boitano, Yuna Kim, Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi, Ekaterina Gordeeva, and the Haydenettes synchronized skating team who have made EWC their opening appearance for many years. Paul Wylie, himself a former resident of Eliot House, has generally hosted the show since 1998. Beginning in 2011, Wylie has been joined by Emily Hughes as Co-Host. Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov, two-time Olympic Champions, have also had a particularly long association with the show and continue to make annual appearances.
The show was formerly televised each year on PBS, but the broadcast ended in 2001. More recently, it had been televised on the Comcast Network cable channel CN8.
Beginning in 2012, EWC launched "Skating with Champions," a fundraising initiative in which fans can fundraise solo or in a team to win an invitation to perform in the show alongside the main cast.Brock Holt
Brock Wyatt Holt (born June 11, 1988), nicknamed The Brock Star, is an American professional utility infielder and outfielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). While primarily used as an infielder, he has started in and played at every position for the Red Sox, except for pitcher and catcher. Listed at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) and 180 pounds (82 kg), Holt bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He first played in MLB for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, but has played for the Red Sox since 2013, and was selected to represent them in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. Holt has twice hit for the cycle, and is the only player in MLB history to do so in a postseason game.Clay Buchholz
Clay Daniel Buchholz (born August 14, 1984), is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Arizona Diamondbacks. Buchholz made his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2007. In his second major league start, he pitched a no-hitter, becoming the third MLB pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in his first or second start and the first Red Sox rookie to throw one. He is a two-time MLB All-Star.Dana–Farber Cancer Institute
Dana–Farber Cancer Institute is a comprehensive cancer treatment and research center in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and a founding member of the Dana–Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute.Dave McGillivray
Dave McGillivray is a U.S.-based road race director, philanthropist, author, and athlete. In 1978, he ran across the U.S. to benefit the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is currently the race director of the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Boston Marathon and his team at DMSE Sports, Inc. have organized more than 1,000 mass-participatory endurance events since he founded the organization in 1981.Glenn Ordway
Glenn Ordway (born January 16, 1951) is an American sports radio and television personality based in the Boston, Massachusetts area. He is a former commentator for the Boston Celtics radio broadcasts. He hosted WEEI-FM's The Big Show until February 15, 2013. On March 17, 2014 he launched "The Big Show Unfiltered"; on SportstalkBoston.com. Ordway had broadcast on ESPN New Hampshire Radio Nashua/Manchester from June 2014 until May 2015 when he left The Big Show. Ordway then left ESPN NH unannounced to return to WEEI 10a-2p week days. Ordway is originally from Lynn, Massachusetts; he graduated from Lynn Classical High School. Ordway is back on WEEI as of September 8, 2015, as part of a midday show with Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria.Hart Lee Dykes
Hart Lee Dykes (born September 2, 1966) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for two seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the New England Patriots. He was awarded the Dial Award as the national high school scholar-athlete of the year in 1984. He played two seasons, with his career being cut short when he fractured his kneecap and because of an eye injury which occurred during a bar room fight that also involved teammate Irving Fryar in 1990. He was also drafted into the Chicago White Sox minor league system in 1989. As of 2002, Dykes was the owner of a trucking company in Sugar Land, Texas.He is perhaps best remembered for his involvement in NCAA recruiting corruption. Voluntarily dealing with an investigation, he was eventually granted immunity and detailed a bidding war that went on for his services between Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Illinois and Oklahoma State (all of whom ended up on probation). OSU paid him at least $23,000. Once he finally got to OSU, he was a member of a talented offense with Mike Gundy at quarterback and Thurman Thomas and later, Barry Sanders at running back.
Dykes was selected in the first round (16th pick) of the 1989 NFL Draft In two seasons with the Patriots, Dykes caught 83 passes for 1,344 yards and seven touchdowns.Dykes is a major advocate for charities such as the Jimmy Fund and Autism Awareness.
He was the winner of the Pitch, Hit and Run competition as a 10-year-old. He was honored at the 1977 MLB All-Star Game.Dykes played high school basketball with LaBradford Smith and the duo lead their high school, Bay City, to the 4A State Championship.Jean R. Yawkey
Jean Remington Yawkey (January 24, 1909 – February 26, 1992) was the wife of Tom Yawkey and owner of the Boston Red Sox from 1976 to her death in 1992.
She was born Jean Hollander in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in Freeport, Long Island, and was a New York City fashion model for ten years before marrying Yawkey in 1944, in Georgetown, South Carolina.Jeffrey Roy
Jeffrey N. Roy is a State Representative in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts General Court. Representative Roy represents the 10th Norfolk District, which includes the Town of Franklin, Massachusetts in its entirety and Precincts 2, 3 and 4 of the Town of Medway, Massachusetts. Representative Roy was elected on the 6th of November, 2012.Jim Lonborg
James Reynold Lonborg (born April 16, 1942) is an American former professional baseball right-handed starting pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Boston Red Sox (1965–1971), Milwaukee Brewers (1972), and Philadelphia Phillies (1973–1979). Though nicknamed "Gentleman Jim", he was known for fearlessly pitching on the inside of the plate, throughout his fifteen-year career.
Born in Santa Maria, California, Lonborg graduated from Stanford University. On August 14, 1963, he was signed as an amateur free agent by the Red Sox.
Lonborg enjoyed his best year in the 1967 Carl Yastrzemski-led Red Sox's "Impossible Dream" season, when he led American League (AL) pitchers in wins (22), games started (39), and strikeouts (246). That year, the Red Sox were involved in a four-way race for the AL pennant with the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, and Chicago White Sox; the race was reduced to three teams after the White Sox lost a doubleheader to the Kansas City Athletics, on September 27. The Red Sox and Twins faced each other in the season's final series and entered the final day (October 1) tied for first place; the Tigers were half a game out of first and needed to sweep a doubleheader from the California Angels to force a playoff between the winner of the Red Sox–Twins game. Lonborg outdueled Twins ace Dean Chance in that finale, while the Tigers defeated the Angels in the first game but lost the second, putting the Red Sox in the World Series for the first time since 1946. In that World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Lonborg pitched game two, tossing what was only the fourth one-hitter in Series history and followed that up with another victory in game five by limiting the Cards to three hits. Called upon to pitch the seventh and deciding game with only 2 days' rest, he lasted 6 innings, but allowed 6 earned runs in a 7–2 loss. In addition, Lonborg received the 1967 Cy Young Award (becoming the first Red Sox pitcher so honored), played in the All-Star Game, and finished prominently in voting for the MLB Most Valuable Player (MVP) award (placing 6th in the voting, with teammate Yastrzemski winning the award).
In December 1967, Lonborg tore the ligaments in his left knee while skiing and his pitching career thereafter was marked by many injuries. He won only 27 games from 1968 through 1971 and was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers after the 1971 season. While Lonborg performed well for Milwaukee in 1972, the team traded him in October to the Phillies. He spent the next six and a half seasons with Philadelphia before his release, midway through the 1979 season.
Lonborg‘s MLB career statistical totals include: a 157–137 record, with 1,475 strikeouts, a 3.86 earned run average (ERA), 90 complete games, 15 shutouts, and 2,464.1 innings, in 425 games.
After retiring, Lonborg attended the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and graduated in 1983. He worked as a general dentist in Hanover, Massachusetts until he retired in 2017. He is active in many nonprofit organizations, including Catholic Charities, Little League Baseball, and The Jimmy Fund. Lonborg currently lives in Scituate, Massachusetts.
Lonborg was selected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, in 2002.
On the Boston-based sitcom Cheers, the photo of Sam Malone pitching is actually that of Lonborg. At times, Sam also wore Lonborg's number 16 BoSox jersey.John Misha Petkevich
John Misha Petkevich (born March 3, 1949 in Minneapolis) is an American former figure skater. He is the 1971 U.S. national champion and North American champion. He placed 6th at the 1968 Winter Olympics and 5th at the 1972 Winter Olympics. His best finish at the World Championships was 4th in 1972; he placed 5th in 1969, 1970, and 1971. In 1972, he won the gold medal at the World University Games. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/figure-skating-john-misha-petkevich/1100066256?ean=9781568000701
Petkevich was coached by Arthur Bourke and Gustave Lussi. He was known as a particularly dynamic free skater for his time. His emphasis on freer musical expression and less rigid body lines set him apart from most other men's singles competitors of his era. He has also been credited with innovating fashion for male competitors by wearing a more athletic costume of a jumpsuit and turtleneck sweater rather than the more formal suit-and-tie outfit that was otherwise universal in the 1960s. By the early 1970s, many other skaters had emulated Petkevich's costume style.In 1970, while a student at Harvard University, Petkevich founded An Evening with Champions, a long-running annual ice show that raises money to benefit the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.Petkevich was the recipient of an unusual trophy. At the 1947 World Figure Skating Championships, Ulrich Salchow was particularly impressed by Dick Button's skating, and gave him one of his own trophies. Following the 1972 Olympics, Button passed on Salchow's trophy to Petkevich. In 2010, Petkevich passed the trophy to Paul Wylie, keeping alive the meaning of the trophy which is meant to reward a skater for having had a material impact on the sport.
Following his competitive career, Petkevich attended University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, earning a Ph.D. in cell biology in 1978. He subsequently studied music privately, was a Fellow in the Music Department at Harvard, and was composer-in-residence at Eliot House, Harvard. In 1983, he joined Hambrecht & Quist as a securities analyst following the biotechnology industry. From 1987 to 1989, he pursued healthcare investment banking. In 1989, he joined Robertson Stephens & Co. as Managing Director and served several roles including Head of Healthcare Banking and Head of Investment Banking. In 2008, he founded The Petkevich Group, a boutique advisory firm where he was Chairman and CEO from 1998 to 2005. In 2006, he co-founded along with Dennis McCoy, MD, BladeRock Capital, the General Partner of the V2MTM Life Sciences Fund. The Fund makes contrarian investments in undervalued public companies, which are developing medical breakthrough products that address large, unmet medical needs. In 2014 and 2015, BladeRock Capital was renamed V2M Capital and was reorganized with Petkevich as the sole Chief Investment Officer.
Petkevich is on the Board of Trustees of the United States Figure Skating Foundation, serves as its Treasurer and is Chairman of the Investment Committee. Previously, he served on the Board of the San Francisco Opera, on the Advisory Board of the Gladstone Institute, and on the Foundation Board of UCSF.
Petkevich is the author of Figure Skating: Championship Techniques (ISBN 0-452-26209-7), one of the standard reference works on figure skating technique. He has also served as a figure skating analyst for NBC, CBS, and ESPN. Petkevich has also composed a Clarinet Quintet, a Piano Trio, A Sonata for Piano and a number of songs in different genre. Most have the compositions have been played in small concerts.Ken Coleman
Kenneth Robert "Ken" Coleman (April 22, 1925 – August 21, 2003) was an American radio and television sportscaster for more than four decades (from 1947 to 1989).
Coleman was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1925, the son of William (a salesman) and his wife Frances. The family subsequently moved to Dorchester, Massachusetts, and then to Quincy, Massachusetts, where he was raised. He graduated from North Quincy High School in 1943. While in high school, he was a pitcher on the North Quincy High School baseball team, and subsequently played in the semi-pro Park League. But he had dreams of being a sports broadcaster from the time he was a boy, when he enjoyed listening to the games on radio. After serving in the army, where he was a sergeant during World War II, He took oratory courses for one year at Curry College, and then broke into broadcasting in Rutland, Vermont in 1947, working for station WSYB. He called the play-by-play of the minor league Rutland Royals baseball team. He also was a newscaster and a deejay on the station. He then was hired at hometown team WJDA in Quincy MA, where he worked as a sports reporter until 1951; he then worked for a year at WNEB in Worcester. During this time, he was broadcasting Boston University football. He received critical praise for his college football play-by-play, which led to his big break: in 1952, he got the opportunity to broadcast for the NFL Cleveland Browns (1952–1965), calling play-by-play of every touchdown that Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown ever scored. He also began his MLB broadcasting career in Cleveland, calling Cleveland Indians games on television for ten seasons (1954–1963). In his first year with the Indians, Coleman called their record-setting 111-win season and their World Series loss to the New York Giants.
In 1966, Coleman was chosen to become a play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox, replacing Curt Gowdy, who resigned after fifteen years of calling Red Sox games, to become a play-by-play announcer for NBC. Coleman joined a broadcast team that also included Ned Martin and Mel Parnell. He signed a three-year contract that paid him $40,000 per year. Coleman broadcast the 1967 World Series (which the Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals) for NBC television and radio. From 1975 to 1978 Coleman worked with the Cincinnati Reds' television crew.
Coleman broadcast college football for various teams, including Ohio State, Harvard, and BU. He was the play-by-play announcer for the 1968 Harvard-Yale football game, a game that will be forever be remembered for the incredible Harvard comeback from a 16-point deficit to tie Yale at 29-29. He also called NFL games for NBC in the early 1970s, and later in his career called Connecticut and Fairfield basketball games for Connecticut Public Television.
After the legendary radio combination of Ned Martin and Jim Woods were fired for failing to follow the dictates of sponsors following the 1978 season, Coleman returned to Boston in 1979. He broadcast the Red Sox' 1986 World Series loss to the New York Mets and two Red Sox ALCS (1986 and 1988). Coleman remained in the Red Sox radio booth until his retirement in 1989.
Additionally, he wrote books on sportscasting, was one of the founding fathers of the Red Sox Booster Club and the BoSox Club, and was intimately involved with the Jimmy Fund, which raises money for cancer research.
Coleman followed the routine of taking a swim in the Atlantic Ocean as often as he could through the late fall and into the earliest days of spring, until his death.
He was the father of the late Cleveland sports and newscaster Casey Coleman, who died in 2006 from pancreatic cancer.
Coleman was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame on May 18, 2000 at the age of 75. He died three years later, aged 78, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, from complications of bacterial meningitis.In 1972, Coleman, along with Dick Stockton rotated play-by-play duties for New England Patriots preseason with no color commentators.Mike Andrews
Michael Jay Andrews (born July 9, 1943) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as an infielder for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics. After his playing career, he served for more than 25 years as chairman of The Jimmy Fund, an event fundraising organization affiliated with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the older brother of Rob Andrews, who played five seasons in MLB from 1975 through 1979.Sidney Farber
Sidney Farber (September 30, 1903 – March 30, 1973) was an American pediatric pathologist. He is regarded as the father of modern chemotherapy for his work using folic acid antagonists to combat leukemia, which led to the development of other chemotherapeutic agents against other malignancies. Farber was also active in cancer research advocacy and fundraising, most notably through his establishment of the Jimmy Fund, a foundation dedicated to pediatric research in childhood cancers. The Dana–Farber Cancer Institute is named after him.Sprinkles
Sprinkles, sugar strands, jimmies, or hundreds and thousands, are very small pieces of confectionery used as a decoration or to add texture to desserts such as cupcakes, doughnuts or ice cream. The tiny candies are produced in a variety of colors and are generally used as a topping or a decorative element.Steve Katsos
Steve Katsos is the host of The Steve Katsos Show, a television show based out of Arlington, Massachusetts, for creative people to share their art, comedy, and music. The show has earned national recognition, including winning the Hometown Video Award from the Alliance for Community Media.
The show was started as volunteers helping struggling artists and as of 2011, airs in over 13 million homes weekly in the US and Europe, aired on several stations worldwide such as WBIN-TV, in the U.K. and Ireland on My Channel, My TV, AcMI, and streams live online weekly on Tuesdays at 7PM, Eastern Standard Time.
Guests of the Steve Katsos Show have ranged from budding local musicians such as Will Dailey & The Rivals, The Luxury and The Self-Proclaimed Rockstars, artists and comedians such as Lenny Clarke, Jimmy Tingle and Mike Koutrobis to established celebrities and personalities such as Candy O'Terry, Joe Wong, Rick Dumont, Dave Zeltserman, Governor Michael Dukakis and even sitting Governor Deval Patrick, and many others.
Katsos regularly puts on benefit shows for charitable causes such as The Jimmy Fund and Autism Speaks.
Katsos has been a regular topic in press, such as The Boston Herald, WGBH, The Examiner, The Arlington Advocate etc. recognizing him for his entrepreneurship with regard to his talk-show format and his advocacy for local talent.Ted Williams
Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002) was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played his entire 19-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox from 1939 to 1960; his career was interrupted only by mandatory military service during World War II and the Korean War. Nicknamed The Kid, The Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame, and The Thumper, Williams is regarded as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history.
Williams was a nineteen-time All-Star, a two-time recipient of the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player Award, a six-time AL batting champion, and a two-time Triple Crown winner. He finished his playing career with a .344 batting average, 521 home runs, and a .482 on-base percentage, the highest of all time. His career batting average is the highest of any MLB player whose career was played primarily in the live-ball era, and ranks tied for 7th all-time (with Billy Hamilton).
Born and raised in San Diego, Williams played baseball throughout his youth. After joining the Red Sox in 1939, he immediately emerged as one of the sport's best hitters. In 1941, Williams posted a .406 batting average; he is the last MLB player to bat over .400 in a season. He followed this up by winning his first Triple Crown in 1942. Williams was required to interrupt his baseball career in 1943 to serve three years in the United States Navy and Marine Corps during World War II. Upon returning to MLB in 1946, Williams won his first AL MVP Award and played in his only World Series. In 1947, he won his second Triple Crown. Williams was returned to active military duty for portions of the 1952 and 1953 seasons to serve as a Marine combat aviator in the Korean War. In 1957 and 1958 at the ages of 39 and 40, respectively, he was the AL batting champion for the fifth and sixth time.
Williams retired from playing in 1960. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966, in his first year of eligibility. Williams managed the Washington Senators/Texas Rangers franchise from 1969 to 1972. An avid sport fisherman, he hosted a television program about fishing, and was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. Williams' involvement in the Jimmy Fund helped raise millions in dollars for cancer care and research. In 1991 President George H. W. Bush presented Williams with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award bestowed by the United States government. He was selected for the Major League Baseball All-Time Team in 1997 and the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.Uri Berenguer
Uri Berenguer-Ramos (born 1982 in Panama) is the play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox Spanish Beisbol Network.
Berenguer joined the Spanish Beisbol Network in 2002 as a statistician, engineer, pregame and postgame host, and play-by-play announcer. He had previously worked as a statistician for WEEI and in the Red Sox community relations office. In 2003, Berenguer became a full-time announcer upon the departure of Juan Oscar Baez. At 21, he was one of the youngest full-time broadcasters in the history of the major leagues. In May 2005, Berenguer became the lead announcer following the death of broadcast partner Juan Pedro Villamán. In 2009, Berenguer was one of five announcers used by the MLB Network to call the Caribbean Series.Berenguer was treated for histiocytosis at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute from 1985-2001. He is a graduate of the Boston Latin Academy and Northeastern University. He was a member of Latin Academy's baseball, football and track teams. His uncle Juan Berenguer played in the major leagues from 1978-1992.On August 6, 2010, Uri debuted alongside Jade McCarthy on NESN Daily.
On November 12, 2010, NESN announced that due to the lack of chemistry with Jade McCarthy and the low ratings of the show, Uri Berenguer had been removed as co-host of NESN Daily.WZON
WZON (620 kHz) is an AM radio station broadcasting an oldies format, with one afternoon talk show. The station is licensed to Bangor and serves Central Maine.Along with sister stations 100.3 WKIT-FM and 103.1 WZLO, WZON is owned by The Zone Corporation, the broadcast company owned by authors Tabitha King and her husband, best-selling horror writer Stephen King. WZON operates at 5,000 watts, using a non-directional transmitter by day and a directional pattern at night to protect other stations on 620 kHz. It is one of Maine's oldest radio stations, first signing on the air in 1926. WZON's competitor is cross-town rival WGUY in Veazie.
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