Children's Friend and Family Services in Salem is one of five Bay State youth mentoring programs that could benefit from up to $10,000 in donations from a new sweepstakes program started by Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and Eastern Bank.
One lucky winner will also receive a $2,500 cash prize as part of the "Mentoring Wins" sweepstakes, which began July 2 and runs until August 13.
According to a press release from Eastern Bank, the lefty slugger and Eastern Bank will together donate $5 per entry for the first 6,000 sweepstakes entries. Their donation will be distributed evenly among the five local youth programs.
"I am very excited about my season-long partnership with Eastern Bank to raise awareness and funds for critical youth mentoring programs in Massachusetts," Gonzalez said in a statement. "The 'Mentoring Wins' sweepstakes will benefit one lucky grand prize winner and thousands of local children in need."
The sweepstakes kicked off on July 2 with a combined $20,000 donation from Gonzalez and Eastern Bank to begin the donation fund, and is open to residents of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Sweepstakes entries could generate an additional $30,000 for a total donation of $50,000 to Children's Friend and Family Services and the four other youth mentor programs.
Children's Friend and Family Services, located at 110 Boston Street in Salem, is an organization with a self-proclaimed dedication to "giving families a voice." The program, which dates to 1837 according to its website, offers services such as youth mentoring, juvenile court assistance and children's mental health services.
"Throughout the years, Children's Friend has helped touch generations of families by providing programs that make better parents, mend relationships, foster independence, and clear the roadblocks towards stable and productive lives," reads the group's website.
In addition to Children's Friend and Family Services, Old Colony YMCA in Brockton, Family Service, Inc. in Lawrence, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston in Boston, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay in Boston will benefit from the sweepstakes.