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Red Sox license plates coming

June 15, 2011

PROVIDENCE -- Boston Red Sox fans will be able to express pride in their beloved team as they drive, while also supporting Rhode Island organizations funded by the Red Sox Foundation.

The governor has signed legislation – sponsored in the House by Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Dist. 38, Hopkinton, Westerly) and in the Senate by Sen. Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence) -- to authorize the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue license plates that bear the official Boston Red Sox logo insignia, with a portion of the registration flowing back into Rhode Island for benevolent purposes.

“I believe this is an innovative way to combine the state’s love for baseball while also providing assistance to charitable causes,” said Representative Kennedy. “Rhode Islanders caqn now show their support and pride for the Boston Red Sox, while also assisting the Red Sox Foundation and the many worthy local charities it funds.”

“This will give Sox fans a unique opportunity to support their favorite team while also contributing to a very worthy organization,” said Senator Goodwin. “For years, the Red Sox Foundation has provided generous assistance to needy families in Rhode Island and the funds collected from these plates will allow them to continue to help.”

The legislation, (2011-H5102) and (2011-S0485), would require a minimum prepaid order of 900 plates and a $40 fee in addition to the usual registration fee. The state would retain half the added fee, with the other $20 donated to the Red Sox Foundation, which in turn would be used for the benefit of Rhode Island-based charitable organizations.

The bill also sets a $10 surcharge for subsequent registration renewals. The Red Sox Foundation would be responsible for collecting the minimum initial order of 900 plates, at which time the DMV would handle subsequent orders. The Foundation would also be expected to submit an annual accounting report to the state before any money is distributed.

The Red Sox Foundation is the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, supporting hundreds of nonprofits and charities throughout New England with a primary focus of serving the health, education, recreation and social needs of children and their families.

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