Monday, March 16, 2015

Red Sox Pitcher Breslow to Host Sip Happens Event for Childhood Cancer Research


The Strike 3 Foundation will host its third annual Sip Happens food tasting and wine pairing on April 30 at WGBH (1 Guest Street, Boston, MA). Proceeds will benefit the Strike 3 Foundation, which was founded and is run by Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow to heighten awareness, mobilize support, and raise funding for pediatric cancer research and treatment. To date, the organization has raised almost $3 million while administrative expenses have been kept under 3%. Last year 's event featured appearances by 23 active members of the Boston Red Sox, including the team's biggest stars, and raised $320,000.

Sip Happens will begin with a VIP and sponsor reception at 6:15PM, with general admission doors opening at 7:00PM.

Strike 3 Foundation has supported programs at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital and Research Institute Oakland, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and most recently, supported 3 oncology fellows at The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, awarding them the necessary funding to execute their research.

Food and beverage sponsors who offered samples at last year's event included Mike's Pastry, Citizens Public House, Shake Shack, New England Charcuterie, The Fireplace, Georgetown Cupcakes, Eastern Standard, Pain D'avignon, Hungry Mother, The Taco Truck, Russell House Tavern, Brasserie Jo, The Blue Room, Beam Global, Foley Family Wines, JC Import Co., Napa Valley Vintner Joseph Carr & Winery, Murphy Distributors, Hopsters Brew & Board, Motto Sparkling Matcha Tea, Nestle Water, Sam Adams Brewery, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Davies Family, Horizon Beverage, and M.S.Walker. An video recap of Sip Happens 2014 can be seen here.

Photos and bio on Craig Breslow are here.

Executive Director and event co-host Craig Breslow offered his excitement about the event, "I could not be more excited about our third Sip Happens event. It is incredible to think that we have already hosted this event twice, and even more incredible to consider the growth we have enjoyed year to year. We anticipate another great event with tremendous support from my Red Sox teammates, local businesses, and Boston community members. "

Director of Business Operations and Development, and co-host Kelly Breslow added "We continue to be overwhelmed by the support of Boston businesses and individuals. The generosity of this community has allowed us to expand the grants we administer and programs we support. Strike 3 will likely surpass the $2M milestone in grants disbursed, and events like Sip Happens are integral to our success."

For individual ticket purchases, please go here.

About Strike 3 Foundation

The Strike 3 Foundation is a charitable agency recognized by the IRS under 501 (c)(3) that heightens awareness, mobilizes support, and raises funding for pediatric cancer research. Founded in 2008 by current Major League Pitcher and Yale graduate Craig Breslow, Strike 3 has donated over $500,000 to Yale University Children's Hospital as a founding sponsor of Connecticut's only Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Program. Additionally, the organization has supported deserving research and treatment centers across the country including the Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Strike 3 also funds a Boston based research project annually. Offices are located in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, and California, and is headquartered in Connecticut.

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