'Tis the season to try and find unique and meaningful gifts for those special people in your life -- and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and David Ortiz both might be able to help you with that as they help others.
The recently minted World Series MVP will host his sixth annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic next month, and from now through Dec. 14 his foundation will hold an online auction to support its mission to provide pediatric health care in the Boston area in his native Dominican Republic.
There are nearly 70 items up for bid, including a hitting lesson from Ortiz himself, a round of golf with Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor, a chance to have former Yankee Bernie Williams coach your child's Little League game, dinner with comedian Lenny Clarke at Strega Waterfront, as well as meet and greets with a variety of big leaguers and several once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at Fenway Park.
Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, meanwhile, will be marking "Giving Tuesday" -- which follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday on the calendar -- by selling a holiday collection of original cards, candles, ornaments, and jewelry to benefit adult and pediatric care and cancer research at DFCI.
The highlight may be the cards designed by local artists and Dana-Farber patients, while sports fans might be most interested in the Red Sox- and Patriots-themed candles and ornaments -- including one handcrafted keepsake that commemorates the Sox' 2013 World Series championship.
After the holidays, Sox players will personally help with the fundraising when some of them participate in the annual "New Stars for Young Stars" party, where they'll be signing autographs among the festivities at Jillian's Boston. Come to think of it, tickets for that might make a good gift, too. Tickets for that event go on sale Monday.
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