We think it's safe to say that the last year has been one of the most challenging in the Foundations' history. The public debate regarding Yawkey Way at Fenway Park was contentious and unfortunate. As we said throughout the long process, the campaign to expunge Tom Yawkey's name was based on a false narrative about his life and his historic 43-year ownership of the Red Sox. We worked hard to counter that narrative, and we believe we succeeded in making the case that Tom Yawkey deserved to have his name live on at Fenway Park.
If anything good can be said to have come out of this painful episode, it is that even the most vocal proponents of the name change praised the work of the Yawkey Foundations, and the legacy of giving to those in need that Tom and Jean established while they were still alive. And that brings us to an important point: the name of the street at Fenway Park that honored Tom may have changed, but there will always be a "Yawkey Way." The Yawkey Way will manifest itself in the continued pursuit of our mission. It will be embodied in our steadfast support for the people of Massachusetts, New England, and South Carolina. It will reflect the ideals set by Tom and Jean of selfless giving and dedication to making life better for underserved communities.
There will always be a Yawkey Way – a way of caring, a way of giving, and a way of honoring Tom and Jean Yawkey's great legacy to the communities they loved.
John L. Harrington
Chairman and Trustee
James P. Healey
President and Trustee