Pedro Martinez is stepping back into the Boston spotlight twice this week, and not just to relish in another Red Sox World Series win. The pitching legend will be pulling double duty on the philanthropic front, making special appearances at a couple of upcoming charity events.
To kick off his do-good doubleheader, Martinez will be joining LinkedIn, Starbucks and the nonprofit MENTOR as they host a mentoring event for students of Year Up Greater Boston. The Baseball Hall of Famer will be at the coffee chain’s Faneuil Hall location on Thursday, when he’ll open the meetup by driving home the importance of youths securing a support system as they embark on their careers. He’ll also spend time being schmoozed by young professionals and volunteer mentors as they bond during their breakout group sessions.
The local event is part of a national campaign called 10,000 Connections and, by connecting mentees and mentors, Starbucks, LinkedIn and MENTOR hope to help young adults jump-start their careers with a shot at long-term success.
Besides kicking off the networking shindig, Martinez’s to-do list for this week includes playing host at the Pedro Martinez Foundation’s third annual Gala Supporting At-Risk Youth. He and his wife, Carolina, will be welcoming guests — including many of their athletically inclined friends such as Eduardo Rodriguez, Sandy Leon, Eduardo Nunez and Jason Varitek — at the Mandarin Oriental Boston on Friday.
All of the proceeds from the food- and fun-filled evening will benefit the couple’s nonprofit, which supports thousands of children in the U.S. and Dominican Republic through educational and social programs.
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