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New York, November 19-MSNBC Hardball’s Chris Matthews will receive the Dr. Theodore J. Atlas Humanitarian Award and FOX 5’s Russ Salzberg will accept the Jack Newfield Award as the honorees at the 17th annual Atlas Foundation Dinner Thursday night, November 21, at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island. Boxing trainer and ESPN Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas hosts the benefit which assists New York’s less fortunate. 

The boxing world gathers en masse in support of the charity, including Gerry Cooney, Micky Ward, Chuck Wepner, Yuri Foreman, Iran Barkley, Buddy McGirt and Paulie Malignaggi. The television and broadcast entourage which will attend includes MLB Network’s Brian Kenny, WFAN’s Voice of the Giants Bob Papa, sportscaster Spencer Ross, ESPN anchors Jonathan Coachman and Todd Grisham, and actors Chris Noth, Holt McCallany, and Tony Sirico. Football greats Harry Carson, Karl Nelson, Sean Landeta and Bruce Harper, basketball standouts Charles Oakley, Dikembe Mutombo and Darryl Dawkins, hockey stars Ken Daneyko and Nick Fotiu, and top thoroughbred jockeys Mike Luzzi and Rajiv Maragh will all be in attendance. 

The Newfield Award remembers the late, great New York Post columnist who was a long-time supporter of the Atlas Foundation’s works, and given to a journalist who shares his spirit of fighting for the underdog and helping those in need.  Each year a donation is made to Hunter College Foundation's Jack Newfield Professorship, in the name of the recipient.  Russ Salzberg with his personal exposes on athletes who make a difference in their communities embodies The “Newfield “care of people that made him this year’s recipient. 

Matthews, a political commentator and news anchor, will receive the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation Humanitarian Award in recognition of his numerous contributions to charitable causes. The Humanitarian Award is given to an exemplary individual who is deeply committed to giving back to others and doing good in their community. 

The Foundation was founded in 1997 by boxing trainer, commentator and motivational speaker Teddy Atlas to honor the memory of his father, Dr. Theodore Atlas. Dr. Atlas was a physician who for 55 years provided medical services to his community. He also founded and built a hospital so that the less fortunate amongst us could and would always have proper hospital care when needed. His spirit of giving is embodied in the Foundation that bears his name. 

The Foundation comes to the aid of people in a variety of difficult situations, people who have nowhere else to turn for help, people who would otherwise fall between the cracks. And it does so in a very direct and a very real way. Once the Foundation identifies a person or a family in need, it moves immediately to help, and avoids any bureaucratic obstacles that might damage the recipient’s pride. 

Tables with seating for 12 are available for $5,000, $3,300 and $2,400 and individual tickets are $200. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For tickets and more information please call the Foundation office at 718-980-7037 or email The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 1100 South Avenue in Staten Island, NY.

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