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On Monday, May 18th, 2015 Boston philanthropists and sports fans came together at the Revere Hotel for the Pitching In For Kids annual All-Star Comedy Celebration and Auction. There was no casino poker this year as the organization redirected its efforts at fundraising and partnered with the Shane Victorino Foundation.

Pitching In For Kids is a charitable organization dedicated to providing grants designed to improve the lives of children across New England via child-specific needs, projects, or programs. The Shane Victorino Foundation shares this common goal in how they promote opportunities for underserved youth by engaging in projects which provide children in need with educational, recreational, and wellness programs.

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This event is one I always look forward to as it is a relaxed and intimate setting where you can rub elbows with a multitude of Red Sox players who converse and graciously take photos (and yes, even selfies) when requested by fellow partygoers. This year Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino played host, along with comedian event alums and emcees Tony V. and Steve Sweeney.

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The evening’s program was truly full of laughs, with a range of acts from various comedians interspersed with live auctions of great packages, and naturally, sports memorabilia. Despite a grueling schedule of the past 10 days on the road, many of Victorino’s teammates including Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz, Victor Rodriguez, and Rick Porcello were in attendance in addition to sports personality Jerry Remy. Guests enjoyed open bar and a buffet dinner and were also treated to a foundation beneficiary’s live performance of “I believe” by musical group Sons of Serendip.

For any member of Red Sox Nation, or simply anyone who wants to help children and get a good laugh in doing so, make sure not to miss out on this great event next year.

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Happy Pitching In,