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Fourth Annual First Pitch Celebrity Gala, Nov. 19, 2011
Fourth Annual · November 19, 2011 · Stamford, CT
Pediatric oncology research and treatment centers will benefit from the over $215,000 raised by the Strike 3 Foundation thanks to the success of the 4th Annual First Pitch Celebrity Gala on November 19, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut.
Guest emcee Bobby Valentine hosted the event while DJ Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys spun music, and surprise musical guest Everclear energized the crowd of over 500 guests. Celebrities in attendance included Major League Baseball players Andrew Bailey, Craig Breslow, Andrew Carignan, Rajai Davis and Jerry Blevins as well as WWE's The Miz, former NFL players Carl Banks and Stephen Baker, former Mets GM Omar Minaya, and New York Yankees personalities Suzyn Waldman, Kim Jones, and John Flaherty. Dan Dunn's PaintJam amazed the audience with his unbelievable speed painting talent.
"I feel confident stating that Strike 3 raised the bar once again in 2011. Our fourth installment of the First Pitch Celebrity Gala was a success by all measures: increased attendance, revenue and positive feedback" stated Craig Breslow, Founder and Executive Director of the Strike 3 Foundation. "We will continue to work to expedite the arrival of the day when cancer is eradicated. Thank you to everyone involved in making this night so successful. Congratulations to Casey Ridgway, the recipient of our 2011 Isaias Valentin Courage Award, she is truly an inspiration."
Chief Operator Joe Lizza noted "This year's event ran smoother despite a larger crowd and more complex program thanks to the increased volunteer staff, the approachable and accommodating celebrities, and the generosity of the 500 people that came out tonight. Despite a celebratory night, the meaning and purpose of this organization is clear, to strike out cancer."
The Strike 3 Foundation would like to thank presenting sponsor Diamond Elite Merchant Solutions as well as custom sponsors Sony Playstation, E*Trade, Manfredi Jewels, David Yurman, and Moffly Media and all who donated items and attended the event.
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