The Pawtucket Red Sox tonight presented their 3rd 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).
Tonight's honorees 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, Rhode Island.
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."
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