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David Ortiz Pays It Forward In 2013 -- BOSTON -- The David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic will be in its sixth year of existence when packs of A-listers flock to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, in December.

Ortiz's native land is near and dear to his heart. So, too, are the local children, whom he has been raising money for since he began his charity work.

It's a worthy cause, and one fit to highlight during Hispanic Heritage Month. As is Ortiz, who is so attached to his homeland that he decided to bring a taste of the Dominican to Boston during his inaugural Children's Fund Gala on Monday.

"As many kids over there [in the Dominican] that need help, there are kids like that here, too," he said. "We want to give help ... to be able to do some good things for the family."