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Boston athletes rally around Children's Hospital

Posted by David D'Onofrio  November 30, 2012 11:37 PM

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Armed with stuffed Wally dolls -- and the Green Monster himself -- five Red Sox players joined new manager John Farrell in paying a visit to Boston Children's Hospital on Friday, capping a week that saw athletes from all five of the state's major professional sports franchises participate in events raising money and spirits for that cause.

Part of the "Holiday Fest" tour that made visits to each of New England's six states, and saw the players manning Mass Pike toll booths a day earlier, the Red Sox' party included Ryan Kalish, Pedro Ciriaco, Mark Melancon, Chris Carpenter, and Ryan Lavarnway in addition to Farrell.

Three days earlier, former closer Keith Foulke represented the club at the hospital's annual Champions for Children's benefit. Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko was the highest honoree at that event, as he and his Movember mustache were presented with the 2012 Champion Award in recognition of the work he does on behalf of the hospital throughout the year, which now includes the ZoliOke karaoke fundraiser.

Joining Mesko on Tuesday night were current teammates Danny Aiken, Jake Ballard, Daniel Fells, Stephen Gostkowski, Steve Gregory, Matthew Slater, and Nate Solder; ex-Patriots Eric Alexander, Joe Andruzzi, Rick Cash, Tim Fox, Ilia Jarostchuk, John Smith, and Jon Williams; Bruin player-turned-executive Bob Sweeney; Celtic Chris Wilcox and ex-Celtic Brian Scalabrine; Revolution players Matt Reis, Bobby Shuttleworth, and Clyde Simms; and Foulke.

(All things, even lists, are best when Foulke is at the back end.)

Here are some pictures from the two events, all courtesy of WireImage/Darren McCollester. (That's Melancon, Carpenter, and Kalish with Wally and Gary in the photo at the top. And yes, that is J. Peterman John O'Hurley on stage with Mesko; he emceed the Champions event.)

Mesko laughs at O'Hurley while Jayda and Malia look on.

Mesko with (L to R) Malia, Nathan, Matthew, Jayda, Lily, and Parker.

Foxborough's kicking crew: Gostkowski, Reis, Aiken, and Mesko.

Mesko shares the stage with Lily, Matthew, and Jayda.

Ciriaco, Lavarnway, Wally, and Farrell hang with PJ and his family.

Farrell, Wally, Ciriaco, and Lavarnway visit Ian.

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