PawSox salute state’s vet­er­ans

Team do­nates $5K to vet­er­ans’ causes at ‘Vet­er­ans Day Steak Din­ner’

Woonsocket Call - - Blackstone Valley -

PAW­TUCKET — The Paw­tucket Red Sox Fri­day night pre­sented their third an­nual “Vet­er­ans Day Steak Din­ner” in the PawSox’ Club­house at ven­er­a­ble McCoy Sta­dium in Paw­tucket.

At the event, PawSox Pres­i­dent Dr. Charles Stein­berg pre­sented a cer­e­mo­nial check from the PawSox Foun­da­tion for $5,000 that will be dis­trib­uted to var­i­ous vet­er­ans’ causes this year.

The pri­mary fund­ing source for the do­na­tion was the suc­cess­ful “Vet­er­ans Home Run: A 5K Walk ‘n’ Run” this past spring that drew more than three times as many par­tic­i­pants (289) as the pre­ced­ing year (93).

Hon­orees at the din­ner were mem­bers of such or­ga­ni­za­tions as Op­er­a­tion Stand Down, Chap­ter 3 of the Paw­tucket Dis­abled Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans, Cen­tral Falls Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 79, New­port VFW Post 406, the YWCA of Rhode Is­land Gate­way to In­de­pen­dence, and the Rhode Is­land Mil­i­tary Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Par­tic­i­pants en­joyed a home­made, four-course steak din­ner pre­pared by PawSox chef Rob Gemma, a na­tive of West War­wick who now lives in Cranston.

Guests also re­ceived gifts from the club and a tour of the PawSox Hall of His­tory.

“We hope a hot, home­made din­ner on a cold Novem­ber night in a warm base­ball en­vi­ron­ment brings joy to our vet­er­ans,” Stein­berg said.

“We also hope that the funds the PawSox Foun­da­tion dis­trib­utes through­out Rhode Is­land help even more mem­bers of this spe­cial com­mu­nity to whom we owe so much.

“As we launch our third sea­son with the PawSox, we plan to con­tinue our nightly ‘In Debt to a Vet’ cer­e­mony, in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion in our ‘Vet­er­ans Home Run,’ and in­crease the im­pact of the PawSox Foun­da­tion for vet­er­ans or­ga­ni­za­tions through­out our state.”

Photo cour­tesy of Paw­tucket Red Sox

The PawSox/Sk­eff­in­g­ton Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion pre­sented a $5,000 check to RI Vet­er­ans Causes at their an­nual Vet­er­ans Day Steak Din­ner at McCoy Sta­dium. Tak­ing part in the pre­sen­ta­tion were, from left, PawSox Ex­ec­u­tive VP/Gen­eral Man­ager Dan Rea, PawSox Pres­i­dent Dr. Charles Stein­berg, Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Safety for the City of Paw­tucket Colonel James Var­ta­nian, and Paw­tucket City Coun­cil­man Mark Wilden­hain.

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