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The Thurman Munson Awards and AHRC New York City Foundation

About Jeurys Familia: A native of the Dominican Republic, Familia emerged as one of baseball’s ace relievers last season in helping lead the Mets to their first National League Championship in 15 years. Assuming the closer’s role with gusto, the right-handed hurler saved 43 games, tying a team record. He had a tidy 1.43 ERA in his fourth season in New York. In the postseason, Familia notched two more saves in the NLDS against the Dodgers, retiring all 16 batters that he faced. He continued that excellence in the NLCS against the Cubs, recording three more saves to vault the Mets into the Fall Classic. Familia’s son, Jeurys, Jr., was born to fiancée Bianca Rivas on June 12, while he saved a win against the Atlanta Braves.  The youngest son of a gas station attendant, Familia is greatly devoted to his family, and built a house in his native Dominican Republic that he has been saving for since he signed with the Mets. Familia has participated in many of the Mets community outreach programs, including “Amazin’ City,” when he visited the Museum of Natural History with students from the Leonardo da Vinci School (Corona); and the Military Softball Classic with members of the Armed Forces at Citi Field, just to name a few.

About Bucky Dent: A three-time All-Star, Dent was the World Series MVP in ’78 after vaulting the Yankees into the postseason with his epic three-run homerun over Fenway’s “Green Monster” to down the Red Sox in the pennant tie-breaker that is indelibly etched in Yankees lore. He hit .417 in the World Series. A long time community servant, Dent launched the Legends on the Links Golf Tournament 32 years ago to assist local sports programs in Florida. In tribute to his late wife Marianne’s Embraced with Love charity, Dent assists cancer patients in a wide variety of initiatives.

About Jesse Orosco: Orosco ranks first on MLB’s all-time leader board in most games pitched during a career which spanned 20 years. He saved both the final game of the NLCS against Houston, and the World Series against Boston, ending both games a strike out,  to vault the Mets to their second world championship. He also was a World Series champion with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Orosco was the first and only relief pitcher to get three wins in one playoff series against the Astros. Earlier this year, The Mets, Major League Baseball and Stand Up to Cancer visited Mt. Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital in Manhattan to spend time with pediatric cancer patients. MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred was joined by Mets legend Jesse Orosco, Hall of Famer and former Mets pitcher Tom Glavine.

The 37th Annual Thurman Munson Awards, which remember the late, great Yankees captain and catcher, were presented on February 7 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, and the honorees are: New York Yankees sensational rookie catcher Gary Sanchez, Thurman’s teammates celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Yankees 1977 World Series Championship – shortstop Bucky Dent and third baseman Graig Nettles (Munson Legend Award), New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores, and New York Football Giants Super Bowl champion wide receiver Victor Cruz. The AHRC New York City Foundation, which assists children and adults with disabilities, benefits from the gala.

Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, attended her 37th consecutive benefit, having been involved since its inception. Daughter Kelly, son Michael, and granddaughter Madison Evans were the Munson family members also present.

The Thurman Munson Awards Dinner has raised over $15 million for programs that serve New York City children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The presenters were: YES Network's Voice of  the Yankees Michael Kay presented Sanchez, and also serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening; Dent (Diana Munson); Nettles (teammate Roy White); Flores (Mets GM Sandy Alderson); and Cruz (Giants Super Bowl champion Chris Canty).

Sanchez,  through interpreter and agent Francis Marquez,  told the hundreds of donors in the audience, his fellow honorees, and looking toward Diana Munson, said: "It means a lot to me to receive an award in Thurman Munson's name.  Diana, the best way I can show my appreciation for this award is playing hard and trying to be a great man like your husband was, and I promise you that I will do my best."

Sanford J. Schlesinger, Founding Partner, Schlesinger Gannon & Lazetera LLP, will be the recipient of the “Corporate Hero” Award.

Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, will attend her 37th consecutive benefit, having been involved since its inception. The Thurman Munson Awards Dinner has raised nearly $15 million for programs that serve New York City children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success and inspiration on the fields of play, and community spirit off the field.

About AHRC NYC Foundation: The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives, including programs of AHRC New York City. AHRC New York City is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 15,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.

AHRC NYC Foundation Benefit Pays Homage to Late Yankees Captain

ANDREW MILLER, JEURYS FAMILIA, JIM ABBOTT, BRIAN McCANN, JESSE OROSCO RECEIVED 36th ANNUAL THURMAN MUNSON AWARDS TUES. NIGHT, FEBRUARY 9, 2016

For 37 years, the Thurman Munson Awards have paid homage to the late, great Yankees captain and catcher while benefitting the AHRC New York City Foundation, which assists children and adults with disabilities, benefits from the gala.
 
Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, has attended 37 consecutive benefits, having been involved since its inception. The Thurman Munson Awards Dinner has raised over $15 million for programs that serve New York City children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
 
The Thurman Munson Awards
are presented for success and inspiration on the fields of play, and community spirit off the field.
 
About AHRC NYC Foundation: The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives, including programs of AHRC New York City. AHRC New York City is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 15,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities. 

A pair of clutch-hitting, two-time New York Yankees World Series champions have been added to complete a powerhouse starting lineup of honorees for the 37th Annual ThurmanMunson Awards Dinner on Tuesday night, February 7, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Yankees 1977 championship, Thurman’s teammates on the left side of the infield – third baseman Graig Nettles and shortstop Bucky Dent will be feted by the AHRC New York City Foundation.

Both starting players on the ’77 and ’78 World Champs, Nettles will be presented with the Munson Legend Award, while Dent joins Yankees phenom Gary Sanchez, Mets fan favorite Wilmer Flores, and Giants Super Bowl champion Victor Cruz as recipients of “Thurmans” at the benefit which has raised nearly $15 million for programs to assist the disabled. The gala remembers the beloved, legendary Yankees captain and catcher.

For tickets and information on the Munson Awards Dinner call 212-249-6188 or email jennifer@emgbenefits.com. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.ahrcNYCfoundation.org/events.

The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success and inspiration on the fields of play, and community spirit off the field.

During a 22-year major league career including a decade with the Yankees, Nettles was regarded as one of the finest defensive third-sackers of all time, and an outstanding clutch hitter. A six-time All-Star, his best campaign was in ‘77 when he won received the Gold Glove Award and enjoyed career highs in both home runs, 37, and RBI, 107, while leading the Bronx Bombers to the world title against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nettles clobbered 390 home runs and 1,314 RBI in 2,700 games during his two-decade career, and his flashy glove compiled a .964 fielding percentage.

A three-time All-Star, Dent was the World Series MVP in ’78 after vaulting the Yankees into the postseason with his epic three-run homerun over Fenway’s “Green Monster” to down the Red Sox in the pennant tie-breaker that is indelibly etched in Yankees lore. He hit .417 in the World Series.

A long time community servant, Dent launched the Legends on the Links Golf Tournament 32 years ago to assist local sports programs in Florida. In tribute to his late wife Marianne’s Embraced with Love charity, Dent assists cancer patients in a wide variety of initiatives.

Nettles serves as a board member on his teammate Roy White’s foundation which provides financial assistance to children and young adults to further their education; has assisted inner city youth in his former residence in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is active on the charity golf circuit, including Dent’s annual tournament.

The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives, including programs of AHRC New York City. AHRC New York City is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 15,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.

Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, will attend her 37th consecutive benefit, having been involved since its inception.

Sanford J. Schlesinger, Founding Partner, Schlesinger Gannon & Lazetera LLP, will be the recipient of the “Corporate Hero” Award.

Michael Kay, the "Voice of the Yankees" on YES Network and ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM host, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

About Andrew Miller: A native of Gainesville, Florida, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Miller succeeded the legendary Mariano Rivera as the Yankees closer in 2015, and recorded 36 saves to help vault the Bombers to a post-season berth.A veteran of 10 major league seasons, the left-handed reliever signed a four-year contract with the Yankees during the last off-season after enjoying successful stints with both the Orioles and Red Sox.  Equally effective against both lefties and righties, Miller emerged as one of the best relievers in baseball after Boston moved him to the bullpen in 2012. The imposing strikeout artist first signed with the Detroit Tigers. Active with the Yankees “Hope Week” community outreach during his first season in New York, Miller has also supported the “Strike 3 Foundation” in their research for children with cancer, and Charity Day for the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, a foundation which supports victims of terrorism.      

The 34th Annual Thurman Munson Awards, which remember the late, great Yankees captain, were presented on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by AHRC New York City Foundation at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The honorees were: New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner; former Yankees “Perfect Game” hurler and YES Network broadcaster DavidCone; pitching great and baseball broadcaster Jim Kaat of MLB Network; New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee; New York Knicks Hall of Fame forward Bernard King; and New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle. The AHRC New York City Foundation, which assists children and adults with disabilities, benefits from the gala.


​Nicholas S. Schorsch, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, American Realty Capital Properties, and William M. Kahane, Chief Executive Officer, RCS Capital, received the “Corporate Hero” Awards.


Chairman of AHRC NYC Foundation’s Board of Directors Michael Rosen, a partner in the Law Firm Bryan Cave, announced that $1 million had been raised at the benefit. Later, the corporate heroes jointly made an additional $200,000 donation, prompting a standing ovation from the 700 in attendance.


Presenters for the “Thurmans” were: Diana Munson (Gardner), Carl Banks (Rolle), Darrell Walker (King), Ron Swoboda (Gee), Ken Singleton (Kaat), and John Flaherty (Cone). YES Network’s Voice of the Yankees/ESPN NY 98.7 FM Radio host Michael Kay was Master of Ceremonies.


The awards and dinner pay homage to the late, great Yankees catcher and captain Thurman Munson. Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, attended her 34th consecutive benefit, having been involved since its inception. She received a standing ovation of over one minute following her remarks.


​The Thurman Munson Awards Dinner has raised more than $13 million for programs that serve New York City children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.


The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success on the field of play and philanthropic works off the field.


Among the celebrities in attendance included: New York Mets outfielder Eric Young, Jr., Giants Super Bowl champions Carl Banks, Chris Canty, Karl Nelson and Harry Carson; Mets 1969 World Series hero Ron Swoboda, Yankees 1977-78 World champion outfielder Roy White; Knicks assistant coach Darrell Walker; sports broadcasters John Andariese (formerly MSG Network), Spero Dedes and Brendan Brown (ESPN NY 98.7 FM Radio), and Sweeny Murti (WFAN Radio); newscasters Jodi Applegate, Scott Stanford and Tamsen Fadal; and Soprano’s star Steve Schirripa.


The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives, including programs of AHRC New York City. AHRC New York City is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 15,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.

Thurman Teammates Feted on 40th Anniversary of ’77 World Series Champions
Bucky Dent, Graig Nettles to Be Honored at 37th Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner Tuesday Night, February 7, at Grand Hyatt Hotel at AHRC NYC Foundation Benefit
***Yankees Gary Sanchez, Mets Wilmer Flores, Giants Victor Cruz Complete Lineup***

About Victor Cruz: A member of the Giants Super Bowl championship team in 2012, wide receiver Victor Cruz grew up in Paterson, NJ in the shadows of the Giants’ home field at MetLife Stadium, and football was always his first love.  He was an all-state receiver for Paterson Catholic High School and went on to win a State Championship with the Cougars. After graduating from high school, Victor accepted a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts where he earned more athletic accolades and was ranked as high as 13th in the NCAA for receiving yards per game. As an undrafted free agent in 2010, Victor impressively played his way onto the Giants’ 53-man regular season roster.  By the end of the 2011 season, he finished with a single-season franchise record for receiving yards and was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. He enjoyed back-to-back 80-plus receptions seasons in ’11 and ’12. Victor also tied an NFL record for the longest play with a 99-yard touchdown reception and was an integral part of the Giants Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.  The following year, he earned a selection to the 2012 Pro Bowl as he continued to establish himself as a premier NFL player. Cruz has made it all the way back from a severe knee injury which forced him to miss the entire 2015 season. Off the field, Cruz has devoted his time to numerous causes and is an active philanthropist. He created the Victor Cruz Foundation in 2012, which provides a full array of support for youth to achieve success in the workforce and life. Focusing on S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and math) the Victor Cruz Foundation partnered with Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds and the Boys and Girls Club of America in 2013 to help implement the first ever S.T.E.M curriculum in 10 clubs across the northeast through DIY STEM. The Victor Cruz Foundation is committed to continued research and partnerships with educators and S.T.E.M programs to help encourage and impact today’s youth.Type your paragraph here.

The 36th Annual Thurman Munson Awards, which remember the late, great Yankees captain and catcher, will be presented at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Tuesday night, February 9, 2016, and the honorees announced today are:  New York baseball’s two premier closers – the Yankees Andrew Miller (36 saves) and the Mets Jeurys Familia (team record-tying 43 saves) – will be joined by former Yankees “No-Hit” pitcher Jim Abbott, who has been an inspiration to people with disabilities, current Yankees catcher Brian McCann, and 1986 Mets World Series champion reliever Jesse Orosco. The AHRC New York City Foundation, which assists children and adults with disabilities, benefits from the gala.

Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, will attend her 36th consecutive benefit, having been involved since its inception. The Thurman Munson Awards Dinner has raised more than $14 million for programs that serve New York City children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Michael Kay, the "Voice of the Yankees" on YES Network and ESPN Radio 98.7 FM host, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

For tickets and information on the Munson Awards Dinner call 212-249-6188 or email jennifer@emgbenefits.com. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.ahrcNYCfoundation.org/events.

The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success and inspiration on the fields of play, and community outreach off the field.

The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives, including programs of AHRC New York City. AHRC New York City is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 15,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.

Abbott was born September 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. Overcoming all odds, his inspirational career included: All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland (September 4, 1993). Jim played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999. Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities.

A native of Gainesville, Florida, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Andrew Miller succeeded the legendary Mariano Rivera as the Yankees closer in 2015, and recorded 36 saves to help vault the Bombers to a post-season berth.

A veteran of 10 major league seasons, the left-handed reliever signed a four-year contract with the Yankees during the last off-season after enjoying successful stints with both the Orioles and Red Sox.  Equally effective against both lefties and righties, Miller emerged as one of the best relievers in baseball after Boston moved him to the bullpen in 2012. The imposing strikeout artist first signed with the Detroit Tigers.

Active with the Yankees “Hope Week” community outreach during his first season in New York, Miller has also supported the “Strike 3 Foundation” in its research for children with cancer, and Charity Day for the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, a foundation that supports victims of terrorism.

A native of Athens, Georgia who played nine seasons for the hometown Braves, McCann enjoyed a significant bounceback campaign in his second year with the Yankees, socking 26 home runs and knocking in 94 RBI in 135 games as one of the key players in the Bombers lineup. A veteran of 11 major league seasons, McCann has amassed 1,293 hits, 225 home runs and 830 RBI as one of the top backstops in the game.

For two seasons, McCann has actively participated in the Yankees “Hope Week” community outreach program. He created the Brian McCann Home Run Challenge to impact the lives of children battling cancer and has been involved in the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research as well.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Familia emerged as one of baseball’s ace relievers last season in helping lead the Mets to their first National League Championship in 15 years. Assuming the closer’s role with gusto, the right-handed hurler saved 43 games, tying a team record. He had a tidy 1.43 ERA in his fourth season in New York. In the postseason, Familia notched two more saves in the NLDS against the Dodgers, retiring all 16 batters that he faced. He continued that excellence in the NLCS against the Cubs, recording three more saves to vault the Mets into the Fall Classic.

Familia’s son, Jeurys, Jr., was born to fiancée Bianca Rivas on June 12, while he saved a win against the Atlanta Braves. The youngest son of a gas station attendant, Familia is greatly devoted to his family and built a house in his native Dominican Republic that he has been saving for since he signed with the Mets.

Familia has participated in many of the Mets community outreach programs, including “Amazin’ City,” when he visited the Museum of Natural History with students from the Leonardo da Vinci School (Corona); and the Military Softball Classic with members of the Armed Forces at Citi Field, just to name two.

Jesse Orosco ranks first on MLB’s all-time leader board in most games pitched during a career which spanned 20 years. He saved both the final game of the NLCS against Houston, and the World Series against Boston, ending both games with a strikeout, to vault the Mets to their second world championship. He also was a World Series champion with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Orosco was the first and only relief pitcher to get three wins in one playoff series against the Astros.

Earlier this year, The Mets, Major League Baseball and Stand Up to Cancer visited Mt. Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital in Manhattan to spend time with pediatric cancer patients. MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred was joined by Mets legend Jesse Orosco, Hall of Famer and former Mets pitcher Tom Glavine and everyone's favorite mascots Mr. and Mrs. Met.

About Graig Nettles: During a 22-year major league career including a decade with the Yankees, Nettles was regarded as one of the finest defensive third-sackers of all time, and an outstanding clutch hitter. A six-time All-Star, his best campaign was in ‘77 when he won received the Gold Glove Award and enjoyed career highs in both home runs, 37, and RBI, 107, while leading the Bronx Bombers to the world title against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nettles clobbered 390 home runs and 1,314 RBI in 2,700 games during his two-decade career, and his flashy glove compiled a .964 fielding percentage. Nettles serves as a board member on his teammate Roy White’s foundation which provides financial assistance to children and young adults to further their education; has assisted inner city youth in his former residence in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is active on the charity golf circuit, including Dent’s annual tournament.

AHRC NYC Foundation Benefit Pays Homage to Late Yankees Captain
YANKEES CATCHER GARY SANCHEZ, METS INFIELDER WILMER FLORES, GIANTS WIDE RECEIVER VICTOR CRUZ TO RECEIVE 37TH ANNUAL THURMAN MUNSON AWARDS ON FEBRUARY 7, 2017
*** Sanford J. Schlesinger to Receive “Corporate Hero” Award***

The 37th Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner, which remembers the late, great Yankees captain and catcher, will be presented at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Tuesday night, February 7, 2017, and the honorees announced today are: New York Yankees sensational rookie catcher Gary Sanchez, popular New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores, and New York Football Giants Super Bowl champion wide receiver Victor Cruz. The AHRC New York City Foundation, which assists children and adults with disabilities, benefits from the gala.

Sanford J. Schlesinger, Founding Partner, Schlesinger Gannon & Lazetera LLP, will be the recipient of the “Corporate Hero” Award.

Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, will attend her 37th consecutive benefit, having been involved since its inception. The Thurman Munson Awards Dinner has raised nearly $15 million for programs that serve New York City children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Michael Kay, the "Voice of the Yankees" on YES Network and ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM host, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

For tickets and information on the Munson Awards Dinner call 212-249-6188 or email jennifer@emgbenefits.com. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.ahrcNYCfoundation.org/events.

The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success and inspiration on the fields of play, and community spirit off the field.

The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives, including programs of AHRC New York City. AHRC New York City is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 15,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.

Sanchez hit the American League by storm in just two short months on the Yankees roster, clouting 20 home runs with 42 RBI in 53 games. On August 23rd, the native of Santo Domingo became the first Yankees catcher since Thurman Munson (July 1976) to be named AL Player of the Week when he hit .523 with four home runs, six RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base in six games. The 23-year-old backstop then underlined his epic start with both Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month honors in August when he hit .389 with 11 home runs, nine doubles and 21 RBIs in 24 games after being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 3.

A neophyte in the majors, Sanchez has been active in the Yankee organization’s “Hope Week” initiatives on the minor league level.

Signed by the Mets as an International Free Agent in 2007 on his 16th birthday, Flores, a native of Venezuela has flourished with 16 home runs in each of the last two campaigns as a versatile infield contributor on the pair of Mets playoff-bound squads including the National League Championships in 2015. Flores, who has played all four infield positions for New York, was promoted to the Mets in 2013 on his 22nd birthday after hitting .321 with 15 home runs with AAA Las Vegas. Flores became a fan favorite in 2015 when he showed visible emotion on the field after rumors circulated Citi Field that he had been traded. He hit a torrid .343 after the failed trade to Milwaukee, a barrage that included a walk off home run against the Nationals that put the Mets within two games of first place.

Active in the community through the Mets Foundation, Flores has celebrated Major League Baseball’s Play Ball initiative with a kids' clinic; supported the Ronald McDonald House Charities at its annual golf outing; hosted another baseball clinic for Port St. Lucie Special Olympics; and has honored the military through various Mets programs.

A member of the Giants Super Bowl championship team in 2012, wide receiver Victor Cruz grew up in Paterson, NJ in the shadows of the Giants’ home field at MetLife Stadium, and football was always his first love.

He was an all-state receiver for Paterson Catholic High School and went on to win a State Championship with the Cougars. After graduating from high school, Victor accepted a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts where he earned more athletic accolades and was ranked as high as 13th in the NCAA for receiving yards per game.

As an undrafted free agent in 2010, Victor impressively played his way onto the Giants’ 53-man regular season roster.  By the end of the 2011 season, he finished with a single-season franchise record for receiving yards and was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. He enjoyed back-to-back 80-plus receptions seasons in ’11 and ’12.

Victor also tied an NFL record for the longest play with a 99-yard touchdown reception and was an integral part of the Giants Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.  The following year, he earned a selection to the 2012 Pro Bowl as he continued to establish himself as a premier NFL player. Cruz has made it all the way back from a severe knee injury which forced him to miss the entire 2015 season.

Off the field, Cruz has devoted his time to numerous causes and is an active philanthropist. He created the Victor Cruz Foundation in 2012, which provides a full array of support for youth to achieve success in the workforce and life. Focusing on S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and math) the Victor Cruz Foundation partnered with Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds and the Boys and Girls Club of America in 2013 to help implement the first ever S.T.E.M curriculum in 10 clubs across the northeast through DIY STEM. The Victor Cruz Foundation is committed to continued research and partnerships with educators and S.T.E.M programs to help encourage and impact today’s youth.

About Brian McCann: A native of Athens, Georgia who played nine seasons for the hometown Braves, McCann enjoyed a significant bounce back campaign in his second year with the Yankees, socking 26 home runs and knocking in 94 RBI in 135 games as one of the key players in the Bombers lineup. A veteran of 11 major league seasons, McCann has amassed 1,293 hits, 225 home runs and 830 RBI as one of the top backstops in the game. For two seasons, McCann has actively participated in the Yankees “Hope Week” community outreach program. He created the Brian McCann Home Run Challenge to impact the lives of children battling cancer, and has been involved in the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, as well.

About Gary Sanchez: Sanchez hit the American League by storm in just two short months on the Yankees roster, clouting 20 home runs with 42 RBI in 53 games. On August 23rd, the native of Santo Domingo became the first Yankees catcher since Thurman Munson (July 1976) to be named AL Player of the Week when he hit .523 with four home runs, six RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base in six games. The 23-year-old backstop then underlined his epic start with both Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month honors in August when hit .389 with 11 home runs, nine doubles and 21 RBIs in 24 games after being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 3. A neophyte in the majors, Sanchez has been active in the Yankee organization’s “Hope Week” initiatives on the minor league level.

New York — The 36th Annual Thurman Munson Awards, which remember the late, great Yankees captain and catcher, were presented on Tuesday night, February 9, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, and the honorees are:  New York baseball’s two premier relief pitchers – the Yankees Andrew Miller (36 saves) and the Mets Jeurys Familia (team record-tying 43 saves) – will be joined by former Yankees “No-Hit” pitcher Jim Abbott, who has been an inspiration to people with disabilities, current Yankees catcher Brian McCann, and 1986 Mets World Series champion reliever Jesse Orosco. The AHRC New York City Foundation, which assists children and adults with disabilities, benefits from the gala.

HRC NYC Foundation Benefit Pays Homage to Late Yankees Captain

ANDREW MILLER, JEURYS FAMILIA, JIM ABBOTT, BRIAN McCANN, JESSE OROSCO TO RECEIVE 36th ANNUAL THURMAN MUNSON AWARDS ON FEBRUARY 9, 2016

AHRC NYC Foundation Benefit Pays Homage to Late Yankees Captain
GARY SANCHEZ, BUCKY DENT, GRAIG NETTLES, WILMER FLORES, VICTOR CRUZ, HONORED BY AHRC NYC FOUNDATION AT 37TH ANNUAL THURMAN MUNSON AWARDS DINNER
***YES Network's Voice of the Yankees Michael Kay is MC, presents Sanchez***

Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, has been at all 35 previous benefits, and has been involved since its inception. The Thurman Munson Awards Dinner has raised more than $14 million for programs that serve New York City children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The presenters are: Bernie Williams (Abbott), Roy White (Orosco), NelsonFigueroa (Familia), JohnFlaherty (Miller) and Jason Zillo (McCann).

The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success and inspiration on the fields of play, and community outreach off the field.

The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives, including programs of AHRC New York City. AHRC New York City is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 15,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.

About Jim Abbott: Abbott was born September 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. Overcoming all odds, his inspirational career included: All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland (September 4, 1993). Jim played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999. Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities.

About Wilmer Flores: Signed by the Mets as an International Free Agent in 2007 on his 16th birthday, the native of Venezuela has flourished with 16 home runs in each of the last two campaigns as a versatile infield contributor on the pair of Mets playoff-bound squads including the National League Champions in 2015. Flores, who has played all four infield positions for New York, was promoted to the Mets in 2013 on his 22nd birthday after hitting .321 with 15 home runs with AAA Las Vegas. Flores became a fan favorite in 2015 when he showed visible emotion on the field after rumors circulated Citi Field that he had been traded. He hit a torrid .343 after the failed trade to Milwaukee, a barrage that included a walk off homerun against the Nationals that put the Mets within two games of first place. Active in the community through the Mets Foundation, Flores has celebrated Major League Baseball’s Play Ball initiative with a kids clinic; supported Ronald McDonald House Charities at its annual golf outing; hosted another baseball clinic for Port St. Lucie Special Olympics; has honored the military through various Mets programs.

Benefit for AHRC NYC Foundation Pays Homage to Yankee Captain
YANKEES OUTFIELDER BRETT GARDNER, YES NETWORK’S DAVID CONE, MLB NETWORK’S JIM KAAT, METS HURLER DILLON GEE, KNICKS HALL OF FAME FORWARD BERNARD KING, AND GIANTS SAFETY ANTREL ROLLE HONORED AT 34th ANNUAL THURMAN MUNSON AWARDS DINNERON FEBRUARY 4 AT BENEFIT FOR AHRC NEW YORK CITY FOUNDATION
***Nicholas S. Schorsch, William M. Kahane received “Coporate Hero”Awards***

Cirillo World founder John Cirillo with Yankees Brett Gardner, Giants Antrel Rolle, Diana Munson and Mets Dillon Gee at 34th Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner on February 4 at the Grand Hyatt. It was the 16th year that Cirillo World has handled athlete recruitment and publicity for the AHRC New York City Foundation benefit.

Cirillo with former star pitcher Jim Kaat now with MLB Network, Diana Munson and Knicks Hall of Fame forward Bernard King, two of this year's Thurman Munson Award recipients.

 
​Photos by Charles Wenzelberg
Acceptance speech from each award winner:
Benefit for AHRC NYC Foundation Pays Homage to Yankee Captain…
YANKEES OUTFIELDER BRETT GARDNER JOINS YES NETWORK’S DAVID CONE, MLB NETWORK’S JIM KAAT, METS HURLER DILLON GEE, KNICKS HALL OF FAME FORWARD BERNARD KING, AND GIANTS SAFETY ANTREL ROLLE  AS HONOREES AT 34th ANNUAL THURMAN MUNSON AWARDS DINNER TUESDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 4, AT GRAND HYATT HOTEL
​***Nicholas S. Schorsch, William M. Kahane to receive “Corporate Hero”Awards***
The 34th Annual Thurman Munson Awards, which remember the late, great Yankees captain, will be presented at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Tuesday night, February 4, 2014, and the honorees announced today are: New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner; former Yankees “Perfect Game” hurler and YES Network broadcaster David Cone; pitching great and baseball broadcaster Jim Kaat of MLB Network; New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee; New York Knicks Hall of Fame forward Bernard King; and New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle.The AHRC New York City Foundation, which assists children and adults with disabilities, benefits from the gala.

Nicholas S. Schorsch, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, American Realty Capital Properties, and William M. Kahane, Chief Executive Officer, RCS Capital, will receive the “Corporate Hero” Awards.

The awards and dinner pay homage to the late, great Yankees catcher and captain Thurman Munson. Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, will attend her 34th consecutive benefit, having been involved since its inception. The Thurman Munson Awards Dinner has raised more than $12 million for programs that serve New York City children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

For tickets and information on the Munson Awards Dinner call 212-249-6188 or email jennifer@emgbenefits.com.Tickets may be purchased on line at www.ahrcNYCfoundation.org/events.

The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success on the field of play and philanthropic works off the field. 

The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives, including programs of AHRC New York City. AHRC New York City is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 15,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.

Brett Gardner: Brett Gardner debuted in the Major League in 2008 with the New York Yankees. Deft in the larceny department, Gardner has 161 career stolen bases to go along with his .268 career batting average and 23 homeruns in six major league seasons.  In 2013, he had a .273 batting average with career highs in runs batted in and home runs, with 52 and 8 respectively. Gardner was a key cog in the Yankees in 2009 World Series championship with a .270 batting average and 26 stolen bases.  The speedy outfielder is a native of Holly Hill, SC, where he played college baseball at the College of Charleston, and later drafted in the 3rd round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. After walking on the team, the 5’10’’ 185 lbs outfielder helped lead the team to a berth in the NCAA tournament with a .447 batting average. Off the field, Gardner makes regular visits to ailing children at the New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. He and his wife Jessica are very active with the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston, South Carolina and children's hospital.

David Cone: David Cone, the strikeout artist who endeared himself to New York Yankees fans for his gutsy clutch performances and for hurling a perfect game in 1999, returned to his current YES Network post as a Yankees analyst for the 2011 season. Upon his retirement from the game, Cone joined the YES Network team during its inaugural year in 2002. He later returned to YES for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Cone compiled a 194-126 record, 3.46 ERA and 2,688 strikeouts in his 17-year major league career. He captured the American League Cy Young Award in 1994 and was a five-time All-Star (1988, 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1999). The Kansas City, Mo. native, known for coming up big in critical games, posted an 8-3 post-season record and played on five world championship teams: the 1992 Blue Jays and the 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 Yankees.

Jim Kaat: Jim Kaat is a color commentator for the “MLB Network Showcase” game telecasts, following a distinguished baseball broadcasting career and 25 years as a Major League pitcher. Kaat debuted for MLB Network with Bob Costas in 2009, providing color commentary for the new Yankee Stadium's opening game. Kaat has twice been nominated for a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality - Event Analyst, for his work on MLB Network's live game telecasts. Kaat made his Major League debut in 1959 with the Washington Senators. Over his 25-year playing career, he compiled 283 wins with an an ERA of 3.45 with six teams. Kaat was a three-time All-Star, won a record 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards and won the World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982. Kaat did commentary for MSG and YES from 1995 to 2006, and won a New York Emmy for Outstanding Live Sports Coverage Series in 1998. Kaat has won seven Emmy Awards for sports broadcasting and has been nominated for many more.

Dillon Gee: Dillon Gee, 27, made his major league debut with the Mets in 2010, going 33-26 with a 3.89 ERA in 84 games, 81 starts since. He won a career-best 13 games in 2011, and led the Mets with 12 wins and 199 innings in 2013. The 6’1, 205 lb. native of Cleburne, TX was drafted in the 21st round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he helped the Mavericks to a berth in the NCAA tournament the year before. Off the field, Gee, a son of a Fort Worth, Texas fireman, is heavily involved with many charities in his adopted home city. During the season, the righthander lives in Long Island City and is active with many 9/11 charities including Tuesday’s Children, a group that serves children affected by the terrorism around the globe. Gee also visits numerous firehouses during the year and is a major supporter of the Viscardi Center, an organization that provides programs and services for the disabled.  

Bernard King: Hall of Fame forward Bernard King, one of the most explosive scorers of his era, enjoyed a 14 year NBA career, playing for the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets.  The 6’7’’ small forward was a four-time All-Star. Despite major knee constructive surgery at the height of his abilities, Bernard had a prolific career, scoring over 19,600 points and grabbing 5,060 rebounds, leading him to one scoring title in 1985 and being named MVP of the 1983-1984 season by Sporting News. Before being chosen as the 7th overall pick in the 1977 NBA Draft, King played for the University of Tennessee, where he was chosen as the SEC Player of the Year three times. The native of Brooklyn was elected into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on September 8, 2013.

Antrel Rolle: A two-time Pro Bowl selection and Giants Super Bowl champion, Antrel Rolle is a key member of Big Blue’s defensive corps at the safety position. Originally a 1st round (8th pick overall) draft choice by the Arizona Cardinals in 2005, he was signed by the Giants on March 5, 2010. Rolle has 4 career touchdowns on interception returns, and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2009 and 2010. Entering the 2013 season, Rolle has started 48 consecutive regular-season games, the 2nd-longest active streak on the Giants behind Eli Manning’s 135 starts in a row. He has as started all 10 postseason games in which he’s played, including Super Bowls XLIII and XLVI. In postseason play, he has 44 tackles (32 solo), one interception returned 47 yards, three passes defensed, and two fumble recoveries, including a 27-yards for a touchdown.

YANKEES ACE PITCHER CC SABATHIA, METS SLUGGER IKE DAVIS TO BE HONORED AT 33RD ANNUAL THURMAN MUNSON AWARDS DINNER ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013 AT GRAND HYATT HOTEL IN NYC

***AHRC New York City Foundation Presents Awards which remembers late, great Yankee captain and catcher; Diana Munson to attend***


New York Yankees pitching ace CC Sabathia and New York Mets slugging first baseman Ike Davis will be honored at the 33rd Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner on Tuesday night, February 5, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, it was announced today by the AHRC New York City Foundation.

Mookie Wilson

Bernie Williams​

Dellin Betances

Steve Weatherford

Meryl Davis and Charlie White

2015 Award Winners

Articles on Munson Dinner

Who: Honorees – Yankees All-Star pitcher Dellin Betances; Yankees 4x World Champion outfielder Bernie Williams; Mets World Series Champion outfielder Mookie Wilson; Giants punter Steve Weatherford;  Business & Philanthropic Leadership Award Recipient Joel S. Isaacson; and Thurman Munson’s widow Diana Munson.

What: The 35th annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner to benefit AHRC New York City Foundation

Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 42nd Street, New York City

When: Tuesday night, February 3, 2015

Time: 4:45 PM Media Check-In/Lobby Level, 5:00-6:00 PM, Press Conference, Media room, LEXINGTON AVENUE GALLERY, Lobby Level; 6:00 p.m., VIP Cocktail reception: MANHATTAN BALLROOM; 7:00  p.m.: Dinner and Awards/EMPIRE STATE BALLROOM

CREDENTIALS PLEASE RSVP/CONTACT: John Cirillo: johnnycigarpr@aol.com; 914.260.7436

 The 35th Annual Thurman Munson Awards, which pay homage to the late, great Yankees captain, will be presented at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Tuesday night, February 3, 2014, and the honorees are: Yankees All-Star Rookie relief pitcher Dellin Betances, New York Mets 1986 World Champion centerfielder Mookie Wilson, Olympic Gold Medal-winning ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White; football Giants Super Bowl champion punter Steve Weatherford; New York Yankees four-time World Champion centerfielder Bernie Williams, the recipient of the Thurman LEGEND Award. The AHRC New York City Foundation, which assists children and adults with disabilities, benefits from the gala. Joel S. Isaacson, Founder and CEO of Joel Isaacson & Co., will receive the “Business & Philanthropic Leadership Award.” Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, will attend her 35th consecutive benefit, having been involved since its inception. The Thurman Munson Awards Dinner has raised more than $13 million for programs that serve New York City children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives, including programs of AHRC New York City. AHRC New York City is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 15,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities. Michael Kay, the "Voice of the Yankees" on YES Network and ESPN Radio 98.7 FM host, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. For tickets and information on the Munson Awards Dinner call 212-249-6188 or email jennifer@emgbenefits.com. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.ahrcNYCfoundation.org/events. The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success on the field of play and philanthropic works off the field.

YANKEES ALL-STAR RELIEF PITCHER DELLIN BETANCES, YANKEES WORLD CHAMPION BERNIE WILLIAMS, METS 1986 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION OUTFIELDER MOOKIE WILSON, GIANTS PUNTER STEVE WEATHERFORD, OLYMPIC GOLD-MEDALISTS MERYL DAVIS & CHARLIE WHITE HONOREES AT 35th ANNUAL THURMAN MUNSON AWARDS DINNER TUESDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 3rd, AT GRAND HYATT HOTEL TO BENEFIT AHRC NEW YORK CITY FOUNDATION

Remembering Thurman ‎to benefit AHRC New York City Foundation

Tuesday night, February 9th, 2016

Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York, NY

PLEASE JOIN US! DIANA MUNSON will attend her 36th Straight Gala!Contact: John Cirillo, 914-260-7436, johnnycigarpr@aol.com

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36th Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner