Baseball fans can be found in every corner of the nation - it is America's past time after all. Some individuals have migrated far from their home cities, but still support their hometown teams
But when fans actually want to see their favorite athletes from the stands at a stadium, they either have to wait until the team travels somewhere in their vicinity or they can take what's can be an expensive trip home.
Former Massachusetts native and current Boston Red Sox fan Allan Munroe believed that this wouldn't be in the cards for him again. The 87-year-old now lives in Florida and figured it would be too difficult and expensive to see Fenway Park one last time. However, generous donors on the Internet thought different.
Crowdfunding website comes through
According to Metro newspaper, Munroe's granddaughter Angela McKinnon started a GoFundMe page in August to help cover some of the costs to fly him and a few family members to Boston, stay in a hotel and see the Sox play the Yankees.
While the first few weeks of the campaign were slow going, an anonymous donation of $1,000 was made in early September. The generosity was picked up on by the media, and by September 11, 155 individuals had given more than $6,300 via the website, the news source reported. Moreover, Red Sox owners John and Linda Henry gave free tickets to the family, Ernie Boch Jr. paid for the travel expenses and The Westin Hotel provided free rooms.
McKinnon told Metro that the funds left over would be given by the family to The Jimmy Fund, the Red Sox organization's charity of choice.
Red Sox are well-versed with donations
Making donations is nothing new to those associated with the Boston Red Sox. According to WBZ-TV, the team joined with Major League Baseball less than a week after April's Boston Marathon bombings to give $646,500 to One Fund Boston, the charity set up to help victims with medical expenses after the attack.
Nearly one-sixth of the sum came directly from the Red Sox organization, while $46,500 was given by the Red Sox Foundation, which was made up of donations given by fans at Fenway park during games that took place the week after the bombings. The news source said that Chairman Tom Warner and player David Ortiz gave the checks to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
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