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Tickets are available for the 25th Annual Dinner on the Diamond, which will be held March 15 at JetBlue Park at Fenway South.
Each year, the event has allowed attendees to have dinner on the ballfield with appearances and autographs from Boston Red Sox celebrities, a silent auction of sports memorabilia and entertainment. VIP packages include tickets to the Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins game that will be played before dinner. This year the availability of players, autograph sessions and spring training games before the event depend on the status of the MLB lockout.
Funds raised at the event will support neurosurgical services being developed at Golisano Children’s Hospital. The hospital plans to recruit world-class neurosurgeons to the region in collaboration with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital as well as equipping a state-of-the-art pediatric neurosurgical suite. Fundraising for the new specialty is supported by a $1 million matching grant by The Wasie Foundation.
The event starts with VIP appetizers and drinks at 5 p.m., VIP autographs from 5:30-5:45 p.m. and dinner by Outback Steakhouse and BoneFish Grill at 6 p.m.
Ticket packages include VIP tables for $1,000 that includes eight tickets to the game, a reserved table for eight and VIP access with appetizers and drinks; a table for eight is $575; a VIP ticket includes one ticket to the game and VIP access for $150; individual tickets to the dinner are $75 for adults and $35 for children.
The Red Sox, which have held spring training in Fort Myers since 1993, raise money for Lee Health Foundation with the annual Boston Red Sox Celebrity Golf Classic, Green “Tee” Party and Dinner on the Diamond events.
“The Red Sox have consistently partnered with Golisano Children’s Hospital since the team first moved its spring training to Fort Myers, and we’re incredibly grateful to count on their generous support each spring,” said Chris Simoneau, Lee Health’s chief foundation and development officer. “The millions of dollars we’ve raised over the years at our Red Sox fundraisers have helped treat thousands of sick and injured children right here in Southwest Florida.”
For information and to buy tickets, visit LeeHealthFoundation.org/DinnerOnTheDiamond. To learn about plans for neurosurgery at Golisano Children’s Hospital, visit LeeHealthFoundation.org/Neurosurgery.
About Golisano Children’s Hospital
Established in 1994, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has been named a “Top Hospital” three consecutive years by The Leapfrog Group. It is the only recognized children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. Lee Health opened the new 134-bed Golisano Children’s Hospital in May 2017, relocating the children’s hospital from the adjacent HealthPark Medical Center. It includes comprehensive pediatric services including a 24-hour pediatric emergency department, hematology-oncology unit, milk lab, Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center, and Level II and Level III NICU with 70 private rooms. Golisano Children’s Hospital is proud to have been named Soliant’s 2018 Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S., a recognition determined by popular vote. For more information, visit GolisanoChildrensSWFL.org.