Children's Hospital Boston has a special place in the collective heart of the New England Revolution.
Not only does the club make regular visits to the hospital’s patients, but the team also invites patients and patients’ families to Revs games each season where they receive the VIP treatment with pregame field visits, meet and greets with players and a luxury box to watch the game. The Revs have also partnered with the hospital on a pair of service events at the Yawkey Family Inn in Brookline, one of the hospital’s low-cost housing options for families of long-term care patients.
And on Thursday, Dec. 1, the Revolution and the other four major Boston teams – the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox – joined together at the Seaport World Trade Center to celebrate Children’s Hospital Boston and help raise money for the hospital so it can continue with its world-class care and research.
Four Revolution players – Zak Boggs, Tim Murray, Matt Reis and Chris Tierney – in addition to alumnus Taylor Twellman attended the event and were part of an evening that saw the brass of Boston honor their sporting heroes’ work on behalf of the hospital’s heroes.
While Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was recognized for his work at the hospital with the 2011 Champions Award, the entire Bruins team was honored for their efforts this past year – not only for winning the 2011 Stanley Cup, but also for on-going work at Children’s Hospital.
Additionally, event host and ESPN anchor Hannah Storm brought Boggs on stage to be recognized for his work in the cancer lab of Dr. Marsha Moses, where he has been volunteering and assisting in her research for more than a year. For his efforts helping find cancer indicators, Boggs won the 2011 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year.
After a cocktail hour to open the event where guests could wander and check out – and bid on – an extensive selection of silent auction items from all of the sports teams and major companies in the area, everyone moved into the banquet area for a brief opening ceremony complete with a video tribute to the area’s teams.
Following dinner, Storm returned to the stage and emceed the evening’s recognition and honors, including Chara and Boggs, in front of the crowd.
The event wrapped with a live auction for exclusive packages donated by the teams, including a Revolution soccer clinic on the Gillette Stadium field led by the Revs’ coaching staff and a player, plus 30 tickets to a game.
While Children’s Hospital Boston raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more, at the event, the true Champions for Children’s – including the five Revs representatives in attendance – raised awareness of how guys who play sports for a living can raise the hopes and spirits of patients who receive life-saving care at the hospital.