Red Sox donating $2,500 to Bangor homeless shelter at Wednesday’s game

Posted July 17, 2012, at 5:11 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter will receive a $2,500 check from the Boston Red Sox at Wednesday’s game as part of a charity initiative to celebrate Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary.

The shelter’s executive director, Dennis Marble, said the news “came out of left field” Monday morning when his administrative assistant received a call from a Red Sox representative and learned about the impending donation.

“We are pretty blown away,” Marble said.

Stephanie Maneikis, senior manager of fan services and entertainment for the Red Sox, said the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter will be the 41st recipient of the baseball team’s “100 Acts of Kindness” program, a charitable initiative launched earlier this year to donate to and raise awareness for nonprofit organizations in New England.

“We became aware of the hard work they were doing up there and we wanted to find a way to give back,” not just by a financial contribution, but also by raising awareness with the baseball team’s large audience, Maneikis said.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Penobscot Nation on Indian Island was another recipient of the baseball team ’s charitable initiative this month. Instead of donating money, the Red Sox are sending eight to 10 members of their front office to build a batting cage tunnel in the club’s gym and plant flowers in the front on July 23.

“We’re providing help in a variety of ways,” Maneikis said.

Marble and another representative of the homeless shelter will accept the $2,500 check in a ceremony before the Red Sox’s game against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday night, Maneikis said.

Marble said the money will go toward balancing the budget because government grants for homeless shelters have been going down and expenses such as utilities have been going up.

“It’s just a general trend,” he said.

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