Lindsay Buchholz, a Missouri native and wife of Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, will present a check in Joplin this Friday, July 15, for $20,199 on behalf of her husband, Red Sox fans and the Red Sox Foundation, the official charity of the Boston Red Sox baseball club. The funds will go to the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri’s Joplin Tornado First Response Fund. The presentation will take place at noon at the Foundation office, 3510 E. 3rd St. in Joplin.
The bulk of the funds were collected on June 3, 2011, when the Boston Red Sox played the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston.
Clay, the starting pitcher that night, pledged to donate $500 for each strikeout he recorded. He totaled five strikeouts on the game, resulting in a $2,500 donation. Clay and his family donated an additional $3,000, and the Red Sox Foundation equaled that $5,500 amount through its Player Match program. Additional funds were provided by Red Sox Nation (the team’s fans) via direct donations to the Red Sox Foundation. Additionally, also on June 3, the Red Sox players’ wives, including Lindsay, helped sell “Mystery Bags” containing baseballs autographed by various Red Sox players to Red Sox fans for $50 apiece, with 100 percent of sales for the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund.
“My wife is from Missouri so this tragedy struck particularly close to home,” said Clay Buchholz. “We were both deeply saddened by the devastation the townspeople of Joplin suffered during this natural disaster. This is one small way that we can contribute to the relief efforts and help encourage others to lend support in any way they can.”
The Joplin Tornado First Response Fund was established by the City of Joplin, which will make decisions on its use. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its affiliate, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., have agreed to waive all administrative fees associated with the fund so that 100 percent of donations can be used for tornado relief.
The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks continue to accept donations for Joplin’s long-term tornado recovery needs. More information about all of the funds established to help Joplin’s recovery is available at www.joplinrecoveryfund.org. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.