Center for Grieving Children Earns First Place in Red Sox IMPACT Award

Center for Grieving Children Earns First Place in Red Sox IMPACT Award

Date: June 30, 2022

Where: Boston, MA

IMPACT Awards, presented by the Red Sox Foundation and the Ruderman Family Foundation, support organizations raising awareness and improving outcomes surrounding mental health.

PORTLAND, ME June 23, 2022 — The Center for Grieving Children received the $10,000 first-place award in Maine as part of the 8th Annual IMPACT Awards, a joint initiative of the Red Sox Foundation and the Ruderman Family Foundation. The award focuses on supporting organizations whose missions raise mental health awareness and improve mental health outcomes of young adults in their community.

Emma Walker, the Center’s Events and Corporate Relations Specialist receiving the award at a pregame recognition ceremony at Fenway Park last Wednesday night.

Anne Heros, Executive Director at the Center shared her appreciation for the award. “During a time when life can feel so chaotic, the Center for Grieving Children appreciates deeply that the Red Sox IMPACT Award prioritizes organizations improving the mental health of young adults across New England communities. We are so honored to be this year’s Maine recipient; a reminder of the important work we do and will keep doing. Such generous support allows for Center services to remain no cost to families, for as long as they’re needed.”

One of 18 winners across six states in New England, The Center for Grieving Children serves more than 4,000 grieving children, teens, families, and young adults annually through peer support, outreach, and education. The IMPACT Awards give Red Sox fans the opportunity to nominate their favorite non-profits to receive support and funding. Through a $125,000 grant from the Ruderman Family Foundation, the awards provide the winning non-profits with either a first-place $10,000 grant, second-place $3,000 grant, or a third-place $2,000 grant. Eligible organizations with the most online votes from fans were the designated winners, with three non-profits selected from each New England state. You can view all of this year’s winners here.

Red Sox fans had the opportunity to nominate a non-profit in the mental health space from April 7 – April 20. After the finalists were named on May 2, online voting took place until May 31. 

In its award announcement, Red Sox Foundation Development & Partnerships Manager Matt McCarthy congratulated the Center, saying, “The work you all undertake on a daily basis is incredible.”

Long-time Facilitator and supporter of the Center, Steve Hart and Bereavement Services Coordinator, Sara Asch enjoying last Wednesday’s game in celebration of the Center’s award.

For all press inquiries, please contact Chelsea Amaio, the Center for Grieving Children’s Grants & Communications Specialist: / 207-544-1412

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