Pedro Martinez’s 4th annual gala will raise money for school, sports facility

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ABOUT PEDRO MARTINEZ, A MAN WHO
LOVES THE CITY OF BOSTON BUT
ALSO NEVER FORGETS WHERE HE GREW
UP. PEDRO MARTINEZ, IT IS THAT TIME
OF YEAR WHERE YOU ARE HERE, AND
WE ARE TALKING ABOUT YOUR GALA
YOU DO WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL WIFE
CAROL LINA AND IT IS SO
MEANINGFUL TO YOU. PEDRO: THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME
ONCE AGAIN. COMING OVER TO INVITE MY
BOSTONIANS TO SUPPORT US ONCE
AGAIN. I ALWAYS DREAM ABOUT GIVING
OTHERS OPPORTUNITY LIKE I GOT
FOR BASEBALL. I AM HOPING NOW I CAN LEAVE THAT
MARK IN MY LEGACY. THE CHARTER SCHOOL WITH A SPORTS
FACILITY. IT IS NOT JUST A SCHOOL. IT WILL HAVE TRACK AND FIELD,
BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL AND
BASEBALL FIELDS. IT WILL BE NAMED LITTLE FENWAY. MARIA: TELL EVERYBODY WHERE IT
IS AND WHY IT MEANS SO MUCH TO
YOU. PEDRO: IT IS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
WHERE I GREW UP. WHEN I WAS 13 YEARS OLD, I HAD
AN OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT MY
COUNTRY AS A LITTLE LEAGUER, AND
I DIDN’T FIND ANYONE THAT COULD
GIVE ME OR SUPPORT ME OR SPONSOR
ME TO PAY FOR THE TRIP TO PUERTO RICO AND I WAS DEVASTATED BY
THAT. I DECIDED IF I WAS EVER IN
POSITION TO DO THAT, AND IT
DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THROUGH
BASEBALL, IT COULD BE MUSIC, IT
COULD BE ART. MARIA: IT IS NOT JUST I AM PEDRO
MARTINEZ AND I CAN JUST GIVE A
LITTLE HERE OR THERE — YOU AND
YOUR WIFE GIVE YOUR HEART, ALL
OF YOU. PEDRO: THAT WAS ONE OF ME —
THAT WAS ME, ONE OF THE KIDS, I
UNDERSTAND THE THOUGHT PROCESS,
THEIR BEHAVIOR. MARIA: PEOPLE WOULD SAY I CAN’T
GO TO A PEDRO MARTINEZ GALA, I
DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS. IT IS FOR EVERYBODY. PEDRO: IT IS AND IT IS A LOT OF
FUN. FOR PEOPLE THAT HAVEN’T BEEN. WE HAVE SURPRISES. MARIA: YOU WON’T TELL ME? PEDRO: IF I TELL YOU, IT IS NOT
A SURPRISE ANYMORE. THERE WILL BE A LOT OF
CELEBRITIES AND PLAYERS. MARIA: CAROLINA HAS JOINED US
AND THIS IS MEANINGFUL TO YOU
TOO. I SEE WHAT YOU DO AS A TEAM FOR
A PLACE THAT IS HOME FOR YOU. CAROLINA: WE ARE A TEAM. WE HAVE SIMILAR INTERESTS AND
PURPOSES IN LIFE AND ONE OF THEM
IS BEING ABLE TO BE A BLESSING
TO THE PEOPLE IN THAT AMERICAN
REPUBLIC, ESPECIALLY THE
CHILDREN WHICH IS WHERE WE COME IN AND IT IS A PRIVILEGE. MARIA: IT IS A BEAUTIFUL THING
TO SAY BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE TO
DO IT. PEDRO: WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A
BLESSING TO OTHERS. MARIA: THEY BOTH TRULY MEAN
THAT. THEY ARE KIND AND GIVE WITH
THEIR HEARTS. THE GALA IS NOVEMBER 1. WE JUST
GOT THAT, YOU CAN BUY TICKETS ON
LINE. WE GOT CONFIRMATION DAVID ORTIZ
WILL

 

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