On Monday, August 20th family, friends and fans of the Boston Red Sox watched the players and other local celebrities bowl for Boston Children’s Hospital at Jillian’s Lucky Strike Lanes in the Fenway. Hosted by pitcher Josh Beckett, the 6th annual Beckett Bowl included an open bar, dinner buffet, a live and silent auction, and an intimate Texas country concert at the neighboring House of Blues, which featured Beckett’s 10 Man Band. The artists included Wade Bowen, The Braun Brothers, Cody Canada, Matt Cline, Roger Creager, Casey Donahue, Kevin Fowler, Pat Green, Rodney Hayden, The Herland Brothers, Seth James, Ray Johnson, Stoney Larue, Kyle Park, and Randy Rogers. Proceeds from the event benefitted The Josh Beckett Foundation supports community-based programs that strive to improve children’s health, particularly those that are seriously ill, disabled, or in any other way disadvantaged.
The beverages were sponsored by Bombay Sapphire, who set up a station to teach guests how to make the perfect gin and tonic. Players from the Red Sox, as well as from other local professional teams signed autographs and mingled with the public after the bowling tournament. The stand out humanitarian, besides Josh Beckett of course, was right-hander Clay Buchholz, who signed countless baseballs for fans and offered to contribute to his auction item, pitching lessons from himself to two young fans, to raise more money for the foundation. Another noticeable attendee was Boston Bruin’s forward Shawn Thornton, who riled up the crowd by throwing in his own auction items at the last minute. The concert that followed was intimate and lively. Each country artist sang one of their popular songs and guests showed off their two-step skills while players cheered from the wings.