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Boston Red Sox and Longwood Grille & Bar Back BIDMC Heart Walk Team

Legendary Red Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg, Wally the Green Monster and the Longwood Grille & Bar joined forces recently to support the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Heart Walk team in its annual campaign to raise funds for heart research.

A rally for members of the BIDMC Heart Walk team took place Aug. 12 at the Longwood Grille & Bar, a restaurant associated with the Inn at Longwood Best Western hotel in the Longwood Medical Area. The Grille donated space for the event and made a donation to the Heart Walk team. In addition, members of the restaurant's wait staff and BIDMC Heart Walk team members made personal donations. The event raised more than $400 toward the team's $50,000 goal.

"We really appreciate the Longwood Grille's support for BIDMC walkers," said Lonborg, pitching star of the Red Sox' 1967 Impossible Dream season and honorary chairman of the BIDMC Heart Walk team. "Every dollar counts when it comes to fighting heart disease."

The Heart Walk raises funds for the American Heart Association's cardiovascular research and education programs. This year, the Walk will be held on Saturday, September 11, on the Esplanade. Lonborg will greet the public and sign autographs at the BIDMC tent hosted by the CardioVascular Institute, which is once again spearheading the BIDC team.

Lonborg and Wally the Green Monster appeared at the rally courtesy of the Boston Red Sox.

A spokesman for the BIDMC Heart Walk Committee said the committee also wishes to thank the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, the Lenox Hotel, the Longwood Inn, Souper Salad and Starbucks for their support.

For more information about the Heart Walk and to join or start a BIDMC Heart Walk team, go to bostonheartwalk.org.