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Matsuzaka donates $1 million to Japan

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 25, 2011 04:00 PM

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The Red Sox announced today that the Red Sox Foundation has received $1 million from pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to help victims of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. 100% of these funds will be provided to the Japanese Red Cross Society to fund ongoing relief efforts.

“Our efforts on the field are dedicated to all who are suffering from this catastrophe. We are in this together, so we must overcome tragedy together.” Matsuzaka said in a videotaped message released by the Club earlier this month.

A native of Tokyo, Matsuzaka is making his donation to the Japanese Red Cross through the official team charity of the Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation. To date, the Red Sox Foundation has raised more than $1.3 million from fans, team partners and sponsors, and Red Sox players and staff, including Matsuzaka’s gift and a $50,000 donation from the Red Sox Foundation. The donations will go to support the Japanese Red Cross Society’s relief efforts.

Red Sox pitchers Hideki Okajima, Junichi Tazawa and Itsuki Shoda have also made personal donations to the team charity with all funds dedicated to the ongoing Japanese disaster relief efforts.

Fans can continue to help the victims of the disaster in Japan by making a donation to the Red Sox Foundation. To make a tax deductible donation via credit card online, log on to www.redsoxfoundation.org or by mail via check/money order. Checks should be made out to “Red Sox Foundation/Japan Relief” and sent to Red Sox Foundation, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215. One hundred percent of donations received will support the Red Cross relief efforts in Japan.

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