Yesterday, John Kerry and a host of celebrities raised more than $2.2 million in a telethon for the Jimmy Fund. “The Jimmy Fund, established in 1948 to support cancer research at Dana-Farber, has been the primary charity for the Red Sox since 1953. ”
The event had already topped last year’s total by 6 p.m., with the phone lines open until midnight. The telethon on WEEI-AM radio and New England Sports Network cable television station surpassed its goal of raising $2 million by 10:30 p.m.
Among the celebrity fundraisers were: John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Rick Schroeder, Roger Clemens, George Steinbrenner, Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs.