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Triangle Red Sox Nation Message Board › Please Help us Raise Money for a Family in Need: "Evan’s Opening Day Y

Please Help us Raise Money for a Family in Need: "Evan’s Opening Day Yanks-Sox Ticket Raffle"

Raleigh, NC
Post #: 2,135
Hey folks.

Please forward this message to every single Red Sox fan you know, and then find a few minutes to read through this... and think about what you might do if the same freakish thing happened to you or someone in your family.

(This message will remain posted on the Message Board on our Triangle Red Sox Nation Website.)


Short, "Just the Facts" Version:

One of our own, a young, athletic Sox fan, is in need and his family is facing heavy costs after he was laid low by a freak infection that has permanently damaged his heart. We have a Fundraising idea that can allow all of us to help by purchasing Raffle Tickets for as little as $5 (and it might land you in some great seats for Opening Day at Fenway Park for Yanks-Sox.) Scroll down for more details.

Longer, more detailed, "Generous and Thorough" Version:

My name is Sean Bunn, and I’m the First Elected Governor of Red Sox Nation from North Carolina. I’m also the Co-Organizer of the 1,100+ member Triangle Red Sox Nation, the largest organized group of Boston Red Sox fans outside of the northeast.

Our passionate fans love watching our Sox, but we’re not just about getting together to watch a faraway team on TV. We’re proud of our hard-won reputation in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill communities, and many restaurant owners and beverage wholesalers in the area know about our proven ability to drive business their way. We’re known for raising money for good causes and for our many efforts on behalf of several worthy charities. We try to harness the passion Red Sox fans have for their team and transform it into a vehicle for positive change. The Sox Organization and several local and national charities are quite pleased with what they’ve seen us accomplish.

We’ve got what we think is a decent idea to help one of our own who's had some unbelievably bad luck. We’d like to ask for your help.

The last time I saw my friend Evan Jones, it was just ten days ago at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Florida. I had arranged for his Dad, Craig, to have some sweet front row seats for the Marlins-Red Sox game that Saturday afternoon. Craig flew down from Boston to Florida for some great family time with his two boys, 30-year old Kyle and 26-year old Evan, and a family friend, Tony.

I joked with the group on a picture-perfect, sunny Florida day. I posed for a photo in the “too good to be true” seats. On my way out of their section, I arranged a practical joke with my friend John McKenna, a fun, upbeat usher in that same section of the ballpark that I’ve known for many years.

I had John swing down to where they sat and act like he’d need to throw them out of their seats and escort them from the premises for actually having too much fun. John kept up the ruse for a few brief moments before quickly letting them in on the joke and turning and pointing at me. Evan in particular rolled with laughter, and he and the whole crew grinned and waved at me as I pointed back with a "Gotcha" and tipped my cap and walked away with a smile.

Craig called me later and his voice was filled with gratitude as he thanked me for finding such great seats for his crew to enjoy for such a good price.

The next time I heard Craig’s voice, it didn’t have that same lighthearted tone. This time he was deadly serious. A concerned Dad, he told me the devastating news… the day after our nearly-perfect ballpark experience, Evan had begun to feel awful and had later been rushed to the hospital. Craig was flying back down to Florida to be with his son.

Evan was diagnosed with endocarditis, a severe infection of the heart. It had spread to his brain and other parts of his body, and he suffered a mini-stroke. He's now had emergency heart surgery to replace a damaged valve with a mechanical one.

The good news is that the surgery appears to have gone well. He'll be in Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for 4-6 more weeks because of the infection, and is looking at a long period of recuperation once he's discharged. He’ll likely have a pacemaker, which if you know the strong, tall, healthy, athletic Evan that we do… well, it’s just hard to believe.

Craig and his crew have been generous with our group in the past, helping us to have tickets to use for our auctions to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. Now I’d like to offer some help in return, to aid the family in covering some of the heavy, unexpected costs that are now becoming a burden for them. They're now having to stay in Miami for an extended period of time, and as you might imagine, not all of Evan's medical costs are covered by his insurance. While they may eventually set up a fund for him, our hopes are to offset some of their staggering early costs in a quick manner, even if we do so in a small, rather unique way.

We have two sweet tickets for the Home Opener at Fenway Park between the Yankees and the Red Sox at 2pm on Friday April 8th. They are terrific Grandstand Seats in Section 9, Row 7, seats 13 & 14, between first base and the Pesky Pole. Online they are selling for over $250 each, or over $500 for the pair. They’re yours if you win Evan’s Opening Day Yanks-Sox Ticket Raffle, which will be held at 4pm on Sunday March 20th.

Here’s how you can get a raffle ticket and help help Evan... and possibly win some tickets:

Spread the word to every Sox fan you know. You want to feel good about winning, and if we can raise an eye-popping total, we’ll all feel good.

Our deadline is 3pm on Sunday March 20th. You can pay in the following ways:

1. Pay with cash if you meet me in person at one of our Triangle Red Sox Events here in North Carolina on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, or on Sunday March 20th, the Day of the Drawing.

2. Pay by sending a check made out to Sean G. Bunn to PO Box 18704, Raleigh, NC 27605. NOTE: If you plan to pay via check, please send me an email at and let me know the amount that will be heading my way. Obviously I may receive your check after the Raffle is over, but I’m trusting that you’ll keep your word and follow through... no one would intentionally mess with us at a time like this.

3. Pay with a PayPal payment to (but please don’t tax costs to the recipient.)

Raffle Tickets are priced as follows:

"Jacoby Ellsbury" Package: Because you want to help in a “Super Fast” way.
$5.00 for 1 ticket

"Dustin Pedroia" Package: Because you’re willing to “Do Anything for the Team.”
$10.00 for 3 tickets ($3.33 per ticket)

"Carl Crawford" Package: Because you hope to be “Fast AND Powerful.”
$20.00 for 7 tickets ($2.86 per ticket)

"Kevin Youkilis" Package: Because you’re a real “Cleanup Hitter” (and you like saying "YOUUUUUK.")
$50.00 for 20 tickets ($2.50 per ticket)

"Adrian Gonzalez" Package: Because you're "Smooth AND you have Deep Pockets."
$100.00 for 50 tickets ($2.00 per ticket)

"John Henry" Package: Because you can simply afford to do some amazing things.
$1000.00 for 600 tickets ($1.67 per ticket)
Raleigh, NC
Post #: 2,136
Just got this from Karen, Craig's wife... It includes ways you can reach out to a fellow Sox fan or keep tabs on his recovery... by the way, I'm including some of her standard signature file info below, as some of you may know Karen's books, and others may want to check them out...


Hey, Sean,

I clicked on the link...I LOVE what you did (how fun to have the different levels have a name - awesome!).

Here's the page I've set up for updates on his condition: http://www.theheartma...­

And here's where they can send emails that are meant to go to Evan (I'll just print them all out and mail them to him):­

Thank you so much for everything you're doing to alleviate this HUGE stressor about money. You are a great man.

Mrs. Jonesy


The Heart Matters
Helping Women Have Scrumptious Relationships With Men
Karen Jones
Author of "Men are Great" (
(Hey...sign up for my no-fee monthly newsletter, "Ask the Coach", and get a bonus that will improve your relationships with men right away!)
Raleigh, NC
Post #: 2,138
I'm posting a few photos from Evan's last really good day... it was the day that our big Triangle Red Sox Nation group gathered at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers for the Marlins-Red Sox game on the afternoon of March 5th, 2011:

This photo shows a very healthy and upbeat Evan while he was enjoying a hot dog and a drink as he was sitting in some sweet front row seats in the Right Field Party Deck. Before I snapped the photo, I had asked Evan to show off his new shirt and hat. He's posing for the picture along with his brother Kyle, family friend Tony, and Evan and Kyle's Dad, Craig. (They obviously all liked that same cool Spring Training Shirt.)

This shot of me (Sean) and Craig (Evan's Dad) was taken just prior to the aforementioned practical joke. smile

Raleigh, NC
Post #: 2,141
Generous donors gave over $1,500 in the first 24 hours of our effort!

Please continue to spread the word... Together we can make a huge difference for someone who caught a tough break.

(UPDATE: Today Evan's heart beat on its own for a short period WITHOUT his new pacemaker... that's encouraging... the young Sox fan clearly has the heart of a champion!)
Raleigh, NC
Post #: 2,144
We're up to $2,185 tonight... WOW.
Raleigh, NC
Post #: 2,148
Hey folks.

Yesterday was a long day at Backyard Bistro in Raleigh, but it was a remarkably successful one.

Our “Do You REALLY Bleed Red Sox Red” Blood Drive raised over 150% of our goal, and the Bloodmobile left with 36 units of usable blood, enough to save over 100 lives. The "Vampire Up!" slogan seemed to work, and the Bloodmobile folks were quite impressed. Thanks, folks. Photos from the effort will be posted to our website soon.

We also received donations for the Fundraiser for Evan Jones all afternoon, so it took some time for our friend Christina Serafino and I to process and record all of those payments and pledges, assign raffle "number ranges" on our spreadsheet based on how much each donor had contributed, and actually do the drawing.

Once the monetary donations were counted and the raffle ticket "numbers" were assigned, I asked for our friend Kim Marotta to do the random drawing on my computer using Kim was a fair and impartial observer of the process up to that point. We had entrants from Red Sox fans and Yankee fans alike, and Kim has both Sox fans and Yankee fans in her family, so I figured she’d be as neutral as anyone. I also had several others gather around to watch and videotape the proceedings, because if a winner by the last name of “Bunn” were to be chosen, I wanted witnesses. (grin)

So there we were, inside Backyard Bistro around 5:30ish, Christina and I held the spreadsheets while TRSN Members Linda Tarsa, AnnMarie Breen, John Gaquin, Justin Hurley and Jim DiCiaccio were standing witness. Jim had donated blood earlier that day and wore a huge bandage over the inside of his right arm. (“I’m a bleeder,” he joked.)

Kim clicked to "draw" the winning number, and Christina and I looked down at our spreadsheets to see who had the winning ticket.

I then said something like “Son of a B!*@#!” I rolled up my spreadsheets, turned and used them to swat the man standing next to me, Jim DiCiaccio.

“Jim, it’s YOU! Holy &#@%! You won the tickets!” Jim was in shock. Heck, I was in shock, too.

Out of hundreds of entrants, a TRSN Member who had also been a blood donor and was literally standing next to me won our Opening Day Ticket Drawing. The chances of that happening are fairly mind-boggling, but I have witnesses, and they were copied on this email.

(Jim really DOES bleed Red Sox red. I saw it with my own eyes.)

We raised over $5,500 in our efforts. That is simply amazing. I’ve sent the first of several checks to the Jones Family. Thanks to all who donated to a friend in need.

I’ll be sending out gentle reminders to those who made a pledge to actually follow through and get their checks in the mail if they haven’t already. I'm sure that in the next few days all of those pledges will arrive and we'll have our final, official figure. If you haven't sent yours, send it to Sean G. Bunn, PO Box 18704, Raleigh, NC 27619.

One last thing… this weekend I asked my aunt Lauralyn from Miami to swing by Jackson Memorial Hospital and visit with Evan. She passed along a few stories and said that Evan was still bedridden but in really good spirits after getting some of the tubes taken out of his chest earlier.

For those of you who came by to donate, please take a look at the sticker that the Red Cross folks gave you. If you look closely, it says "I made a difference." I think that's rather appropriate.

This group of passionate Sox fans really does make a difference. Thanks, folks, for going out of your way to make a real difference in peoples' lives.

You guys ROCK.

See you soon, and GO SOX!!!


Raleigh, NC
Post #: 12
I have to say that I was impressed as well. I unfortunately could not donate, but I came out to help Sean because I knew there would be a lot going on that day. Lucky for me, I got yet another front row seat to see the passion that Sean has for not only the Red Sox or Triangle Red Sox Nation, but every single member of the group. I think many of us continue to get pulled in by Sean's efforts that always come from a good place in his heart and we all are more than happy to be a part of something great that he puts together.

Thanks again, Sean!!
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Raleigh, NC
Post #: 7
So happy I got to be a part of the blood drive!!! It was even cooler that a member of our group who was actually at Backyard Bistro to donate won the tickets to Yanks/Red Sox opening day!!! I can say, that not only was I there, but I was the one who drew the random number!!!

Very cool day all around...thanks Sean for all that you do for our group!!! I'm very proud to be a member of Triangle Red Sox Nation!!!
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