Think Energy Teams Up with the Red Sox Foundation, Launches May Campaign to Further Support the Nonprofits
May 17, 2017
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Think Energy Teams Up with the Red Sox Foundation and Foundation To Be Named Later,
Launches Month long Fundraising Campaign to Further Support the Nonprofits
HOUSTON – May 3, 2017 – Think Energy is bringing new meaning to the word “doubleheader” by announcing the second phase of its twofold strategy to support the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later, the charitable organization founded by Paul Epstein and Theo Epstein, former Red Sox Vice President and General Manager and current Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations.
At the Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs game on Sunday, April 30, Think Energy – together with its parent company, ENGIE Resources, the third-largest electricity supplier in the nation serving large commercial and industrial customers – presented a $75,000 donation to the two nonprofits.
Today Think Energy is launching the Race for the Power Pennant, a campaign bringing Chicago Cubs fans and Boston Red Sox fans together again in a race to see who can help the provider of residential and small commercial electricity donate the most to charity.
From May 1 through May 31, Think Energy will earmark a $5 donation to the Foundation To Be Named Later when a new customer enrolls in Illinois, up to a maximum of $25,000, and $5 to the Red Sox Foundation when a new customer enrolls in New England, up to a maximum of $25,000. Think Energy’s goal is to raise up to $50,000 total.
John Henderson, head of Think Energy, said the company’s involvement with the two nonprofits served as the catalyst for the launch of the May campaign, which builds on its rich tradition of supporting important civic causes.
“As the official electricity provider to both the Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs, we have long known of the incredible impact that the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later are making in the lives of Boston and Chicago youth,” said Henderson. “But our participation on Sunday night brought our appreciation of their work to an entirely new level.
“Seeing the responses of the families who benefit from these charities touched us all in a way that made us want to do more. That’s why we launched the Race for the Power Pennant, and that’s why we’re setting the bar high with a goal of raising up to $50,000 by the end of the month.”
Gena Borson, Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation, said, “We are so pleased to have the support of an industry leader like Think Energy. They saw an opportunity to help and have leveraged every avenue possible to make the broadest impact. We appreciate all Think Energy has done – and all they plan to do – and are grateful to have the provider as a champion of our cause.”
Allyce Najimy, Executive Director of the Foundation To Be Named Later, agreed. “We can’t say enough about the generosity of Think Energy and its effort to support families who aspire to provide their kids with quality educational experiences. The Think Energy team is a top-notch group, and this campaign underscores that point.”
Red Sox and Chicago Cubs fans are invited to visit www.thinkenergy.com/powerpennant to access qualifying plans and view our dynamic, real-time pricing through an easy-to-use process that allows for fast, convenient sign-up. To participate, fans must live in a deregulated utility district served by Think Energy.
About the Red Sox Foundation
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has distributed over $93 million to support programs serving children and families across New England. The Foundation’s efforts are primarily focused on five cornerstone programs: the Red Sox Scholars Program, which provides tutoring, mentoring, enrichment programs, and college scholarships to academically talented but economically disadvantaged Boston public school students; the Red Sox Foundation’s RBI and Rookie League youth baseball and softball programs, serving more than 2,000 inner city teens each summer; the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress and traumatic brain injury; The Dimock Center in Roxbury, serving more than 80,000 low-income families in Boston’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods; and the Jimmy Fund, supporting breakthrough cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Red Sox Foundation raises funds through special events, corporate sponsorships, and grants. Founded and initially funded by Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President/CEO Emeritus Larry Lucchino, and their partners, the Red Sox Foundation has won numerous awards for the impact of its innovative programs. In 2010, the Foundation’s Red Sox Scholars Program was recognized by Major League Baseball with the first-ever MLB Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence. In 2009, the Red Sox Foundation was honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project with the Patterson Award as the nation’s “Best Team Charity in Sports.” For more information about the Foundation, visit redsoxfoundation.org.
About the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
The Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) was launched in 2005 by Paul Epstein, a social worker in the Boston area, and his twin brother, Theo Epstein, former Boston Red Sox Executive Vice President and General Manager, and current Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations. The mission of FTBNL is to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies that are working on the front lines, serving youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston and Chicago. FTBNL invests in programs that teach leadership, education, and healthy development of families.
Since its inception, FTBNL has raised over $9 million and provided grants, scholarships, and in-kind donations to 301 nonprofit organizations. It has sent approximately 6,500 children, who would not otherwise get the chance to go, to Cubs and Red Sox home games. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent 71 young people with financial needs and high educational potential to the college of their choice. Each Peter Gammons College Scholar also gets an adult mentor’s guidance and a laptop computer to ensure college success. For more information on the Foundation To Be Named Later’s programs and events, or to make a donation, please visit http://www.foundationtobenamedlater.org.
About Think Energy
Think Energy is a retail electricity provider focusing on residential and small commercial customers. Think Energy – a business of ENGIE Resources NA, one of the largest commercial retail electricity providers in the United States – is also part of the international energy group ENGIE, which has been serving customers, large and small, for more than 175 years. For additional information, visit thinkenergy.com, or follow Think Energy on Twitter @ThinkEnergy and Facebook.com/ThinkEnergy.