Fenway to the Runway: An Insider’s View

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Fenway to the Runway, the annual fashion show organized by the Red Sox Foundation featuring Red Sox wives and girlfriends, was recently held at Saks Fifth Avenue. It was quite the morning. Over 150 women gathered in Saks Fifth Avenue’s designer collection, transformed into a restaurant for the morning, to sip on Prosecco, enjoy brunch, and partake in a live auction.

Introductory remarks were made by Red Sox Foundation Executive Director and Red Sox Sr. VP Meg Vaillancourt and Linda Pizzuti Henry, wife of owner John Henry. As this is a post on a fashion show, it should be noted that a pregnant Linda rocked some killer leather pants. Other notable attendees include 2012 Gold-medal Olympian Kayla Harrison, Mix 104.1 Kennedy Elsey of the Karson & Kennedy Show, Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway, and David Ortiz, Red Sox designated hitter.

The Red Sox Foundation, recently named the most charitable foundation in all of sports, invites friends of the Red Sox and the Foundation, as well as the player’s and coach’s wives and girlfriends to what they call a “friendraiser”. Rather than being dubbed a traditional fundraiser, the event offers a chance to bring together some of Boston’s most high profile women for a ladies luncheon.

After brunch, guests headed over to the shoe collection for the Runway show. Liz Brunner from Channel 5 News emceed as Red Sox’ wives and girlfriends donned this season’s finest frocks – think Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Gucci and Prada. The event timing coincided with New York’s Fashion Week. Post-fashion show, Saks Fifth Avenue generously donated 10% of all sales proceeds to the Red Sox Foundation.

The Boston Globe notes that in 2012, the ‘Red Sox Foundation donated $7.6 million to charities, including those which the foundation itself runs, such as Red Sox Scholars, which provides tutoring, enrichment, and college scholarships to Boston public school students, and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, which uses baseball clinics to promote life skills and values for youth.’

The event is open to the public so keep your eye out for next year!