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Weekend Golf Events Net $300,000 for David Ortiz Children’s Fund Dedicated to Providing Pediatric Critical Care in New England and the Dominican Republic

This Sunday January 25th at 11:30 P.M. EST, NESN will be airing a special Red Sox Report presented by CVS/pharmacy and produced by Red Sox Productions, chronicling the inaugural David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic, with a rebroadcast on Tuesday, January 27th at 6 P.M. EST. The show will profile the golf tournament and weekend festivities, and will feature exclusive interviews with host David Ortiz, and attendees such as Larry Lucchino, Bobby Orr, John Havlicek, Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Torii Hunter, and Carlos Pena.

David Ortiz and his wife, Tiffany Ortiz, proudly hosted the inaugural David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic in David’s native Dominican Republic at the Sanctuary Cap Cana December 4th-7th, 2008. The fund-raising event was a huge success and netted approximately $300,000 for the David Ortiz Children’s Fund. The charity is dedicated to raising funds for children in New England and the Dominican Republic and providing access to the critical care they need to live full and productive lives.

The celebrity list of attendees featured baseball stars who’ve combined to make 69 All Star Game appearances, as well as basketball and hockey Hall of Famers. Ortiz’ friends and teammates including Tim Wakefield, Pedro Martinez, Alex Rodriquez, Mariano Rivera, Torii Hunter, Vladimir Guerrero, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Pena, Bobby Orr and many more, supported “Big Papi” with generous donations towards the David Ortiz Children’s Fund.

David partnered his Children’s Fund with the International Hospital for Children and HeartCare Dominicana who were present at the tournament. MVP Sponsors of the event included Atari’s Backyard Baseball, Reebok, vitaminwater and Sharp Electronics. The David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic is a production of Company 20 and SFX Baseball.

For more information on the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, please visit www.DavidOrtizChildrensFund.org.

About David Ortiz Children’s Fund

In 2006 David learned of the International Hospital for Children (IHC), a non-profit organization linking pediatric critical care services to children in developing countries. He was particularly inspired by the Dominican HEARTS program, a collaborative effort initiated by IHC and Heart Care Dominicana with a consortium of 6 U.S. health focused international organizations. This consortium is dedicated to training and empowering Dominican doctors and nurses at Cedimat Hospital in Santo Domingo to care for the cardiac needs of Dominican children. Today because of these efforts and the support from The David Ortiz Children’s Fund, Dominican children no longer have to wait for the heart care they so desperately need.

The goal of this fund is to heal as many children as possible in his native country in all critical care aspects, as well as partner with children’s health efforts in New England.