Luncheon benefits Operation Ensuring Christmas

December, 12, 2009

Come by, say hello and talk some baseball with me Saturday afternoon, as the Ahern Family Charitable Foundation is holding its 6th Annual Army-Navy Luncheon benefitting military families. The event is at the Bostonville Grille, 325 Broadway, in Lynnfield, and folks will be showing up starting at noon to watch the game (2:30 kickoff). I should be there between 1:30 and 2 -- you can get tickets at the door for $25, $10 for kids and $15 with military ID.

All proceeds from the event benefit Operation Ensuring Christmas, an organization that provides holiday cheer to children of fallen soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. For many of these children, it will be their first Christmas without a father or mother. Operation Ensuring Christmas provides these children with a reason to smile, providing Christmas gift cards that allow them to shop for toys at Christmas and a Christmas in July VIP theme park trip to Orlando, Florida.

There will be a raffle, live and silent auctions and plenty of play for children in the arcade. (Kids get a cup of tokens for the arcade at the Bostonville Grille.) The live auction takes place during half time. Among the items will be four box seats and a tour of Fenway -- including BP, press box, etc. -- conducted by yours truly. My favorite weatherman, NECN's Matt Noyes, will be there, along with former Bruin Terry O'Reilly and ex-Patriot Max Lane.

And who knows? By this afternoon, the Sox may have signed Adrian Beltre (don't count on it).

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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