Events: First Pitch Gala
Fifth Annual First Pitch Celebrity Gala, Nov. 17, 2012
Fifth Annual · November 17, 2012 · Stamford, CT
The Strike 3 Foundation hosted its Fifth Annual First Pitch Celebrity Gala, on November 17, 2012 at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, CT. Over 600 guests were in attendance and helped to raise more than $300,000 to benefit pediatric cancer research.
Guest emcee Howard Finkel hosted the event and attendees enjoyed a full evening of entertainment provided by Speed Painter Dan Dunn and surprise musical guest Matt Nathanson.
Celebrity guests in attendance included Major League Baseball players Craig Breslow, Andrew Bailey, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Josh Collmenter, John McDonald, Mike Zagurski, Joe Martinez, Patrick Corbin, Andrew Carignan, and Adam Greenberg as well as Peter Gammons, Tommy John, Lee Mazzilli, Ed Randall, John Stuper, New York Yankees personality Suzyn Waldman, and New York Mets radio host Ed Coleman.
Strike 3 Foundation CEO Craig Breslow noted that "2012 was a remarkable year for Strike 3. We eclipsed the $1,000,000 mark in funds raised, and funded in total 5 separate research or treatment grants. The success of the First Pitch Gala, and the $300,000+ raised was a fitting culmination to a banner year. We look forward to 2013 with excitement and anticipation."
He went on to add "we heard from Jeremiah Kalbach tonight, winner of our Courage Award, who inspired us with his story of survival and perseverance. We also were able to honor our past recipients Danny Trainor and Casey Ridgway as well as three families of children undergoing treatment. While many guests will remember the unbelievable performances of Dan Dunn and Matt Nathanson, and the lavish dessert spread featuring MaCarons, Mike's Pastry, Sweetery NYC, OatMeals NYC, and others, the take home message was unequivocally that of the importance of continuing to support pediatric cancer research and treatment so that success stories continue to far outweigh the tragedies."
The Strike 3 Foundation would like to thank presenting sponsor Diamond Elite Merchant Solutions as well as custom sponsors, E*Trade Financial, Aptuit, Sam Adams, Vitamin Water, InCase, and Moffly Media and the numerous businesses and individuals who donated items or attended the event.
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- Video highlights from the Fifth Annual First Pitch Gala on MLB.com
- For additional photos from the event, contact:Tim Mannle, TBMPhotography and Rob Cuni, photographer
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