HRC NYC Foundation Benefit Pays Homage to Late Yankees Captain
METS FAN FAVORITE WILMER FLORES, JOINS YANKEES GARY SANCHEZ, BUCKY DENT, GRAIG NETTLES, AND GIANTS VICTOR CRUZ AS HONOREES AT AHRC NYC FOUNDATION BENEFIT AT 37TH ANNUAL THURMAN MUNSON AWARDS DINNER
***Mets GM Sandy Alderson presents Flores***
New York — 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 Mets infielder and fan favorite Wilmer Flores, New York Yankees 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), 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: Flores (NY Mets GM Sandy Alderson);Sanchez (YES Network's Voice of the Yankees Michael Kay); Dent (Diana Munson); Nettles (teammate Roy White); and Cruz (Giants Super Bowl champion Chris Canty).
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.
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 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 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.
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