Media Alert: Chazz Palminteri teams with Steiner Sports on A Bronx Tale Memorabilia; Actor at Gino’s Pastry Shop Tuesday for Announcement

MEDIA AVAILABILITY WITH CHAZZ PALMINTERI, Bronx native, film and stage actor, writer of the newest Broadway hit A Bronx Tale on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, AT 11:00 AM
***Join Chazz for a Taste of Arthur Avenue at Gino’s Pastry Shop and announcement of A Bronx Tale Collection with Steiner Sports***
 
Who: Chazz Palminteri, the native of the Belmont section of the Bronx who went on to acclaim as an actor, screenwriter and producer; Broadway’s newest hit play A Bronx Tale is his latest success story.CHAZZ PHOTO
What: Press Conference & Media availability to announce Chazz’ latest venture: A Bronx Tale Collectibles Line with Steiner Sports
 
When: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
 
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Where: Gino’s Pastry Shop
               580 East 187th Street
               Belmont Section/The Bronx, NY
 
Contact: John Cirillo, johnnycigarpr@aol.com, 914-260-7436
Calogero Lorenzo “Chazz” Palminteri, favorite son of the Bronx, will announce his new product line of collectibles with Steiner Sports based on his Broadway hitA Bronx Tale, talk about the iconic play, and memories of the Belmont section of the Bronx. Chazz grew up just blocks away from Gino’s. “The Saddest Thing In Life Is Wasted Talent” is an actual saying that Chazz’s father used throughout his life, an epic line from A Bronx Tale, and other classic lines from the script, will be among the centerpieces of the collection which will include subway signs, display cases, and yes, autographed baseballs, after all, it’s the BRONX! CHAZZ BASEBALL INSCRIBED BRONX TALE
The Story Behind The Tale
·       “A Bronx Tale” was inspired by actual events witnessed by Chazz Palminteri as a child.
·       The character, “Calogero” aka “C”, is based on Chazz Palminteri.  Chazz’s birth name is Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri.
·       “The Saddest Thing In Life Is Wasted Talent” is an actual saying that Chazz’s father used throughout his life.
·       Chazz wrote “A Bronx Tale” after being terminated as a bouncer after he refused entry to William Morris Super Agent, Swifty Lazar.  Swifty promised Chazz that he wouldn’t have a job within 15 minutes and he was true to his word.
·       Chazz wrote “A Bronx Tale” over the course of a year and lived off money that was loaned to him by a friend.
·       After the story was completed, Chazz started to perform his one man show, “A Bronx Play”.  The one man show was an immediate success and garnered the attention of Movie Studios.CHAZZ BELMONT AVENUE SIGN
·       A bidding war between movie studios started. Chazz’s only condition was that he write the screenplay and he play the role of Sonny.  The studios offered him $250,000 and $500,000 to relinquish the rights to his story; He declined both offers.
·       A studio offered him $1,000,000 to purchase the story and release all rights.  He attended the meeting with his agent to accept the offer.  He stepped away from the meeting and remembered childhood lessons from his father about wasting talent.  He returned to the meeting to decline the $1,000,000 offer – Stunning the studio and his agent.  At the time, Chazz only had a few hundred dollars remaining in his savings.
·       Two weeks later, as he was performing his One Man Show, he was told that Robert DeNiro was in his dressing room and wanted to meet.  Chazz walked into the dressing room and immediately stated “I want to write the screenplay and I want to play the role of Sonny”.   Robert DeNiro agreed and made only one request- that he direct the film.  The deal was solidified with a handshake.
·       A Bronx Tale made its theatrical debut on September 14, 1993.  A Bronx Tale will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2018 CHAZZ SUBWAY SIGN
 
The Collection
Framed Subway Signs (autographed option available)
Vintage Bronx Themed Framed Street Signs (autographed option available)
“A Bronx Tale” Display Cases
 “A Bronx Tale” Display Cases with Chazz Palminteri Autographed Baseballs
Chazz Palminteri Autographed 8×10 Photo

“A Bronx Tale” Framed Art Themed Subway Map

Wrapped with Love Launches Christmas Spirit Toy & Coat Drive at Empire City Casino; Donate Through November 30

 

L-R Kelleher, Sabatino, McLaughlin, Nicholson, Msgr Sullivan, Rooney, Spano, Pretlow, Stewart-Cousins - Credit Jelena Gerga

Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway employees were in the Christmas spirit, joining General Counsel Timothy Rooney Jr. at the inaugural “Wrapped with Love” volunteer event to assist those in need during the holiday season today (Monday, November 13th) in the casino’s Good Time Room. The supportive staffers wrapped toys that will be donated to Catholic Charities and the Yonkers-based Aisling Irish Community Center as part of 11th Annual Christmas Spirit Coat & Toy Drive. The gifts will assist the organization’s local families this upcoming holiday season.

Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, and Órla Kelleher, Executive Director of Aisling Irish Community Center, were on hand for the festivities to accept the donations. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin, Yonkers City Council Member Michael Sabatino, joined Tim Rooney Jr. in support of the program, reminding the public that there is need in Westchester County. Empire City’s COO Bob Galterio was also in attendance.

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Tim Rooney, Jr (left) and Bob Galterio

Tim Rooney Jr., on behalf of Empire City Casino, was more than in the Christmas spirit, surprising Monsignor Sullivan with a generous $10,000 check donated to Catholic Charities to assist with essentials that might be needed by families.WRAPPED WITH LOVE 1.jpg

Scott Nicholson, president of the Gander Group’s eastern corporate office, also participated in today’s gift-wrapping and donation. For the past several years, a truckload of new toys has been donated to the drive by Josh Blake, CEO of the Gander Group, a California-based company. Mr. Blake has made considerable toy donations to the drive for six consecutive years, clearly illustrating commitment and loyalty, which are important pieces of the company’s mission.

WRAPPED WITH LOVE 2.jpgAnother annual key contributor to the effort is John Lennon, owner of Yonkers-based Smart Move & Storage, who generously donated his company’s services to transport all of the wrapped toys to Catholic Charities’ headquarters.

Empire City employee volunteer - Credit Jelena Gerga

During the first 10 years of the initiative, Empire City has collected 10,000 toys and 3,500 coats to families and children in need. The community effort, now in its second decade, is underway and will continue through November 30th. Donations are being accepted throughout November at the casino’s promotions booth. Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys and/or new or gently used coats which will go towards helping families and children in need.

Though Westchester County is often considered to be an affluent and wealthy community because of its median income of $83,422, there are still extreme pockets of poverty (nearly 10 percent living in poverty), and 31 percent of that population is under the age of 17. In addition, 12 percent of families do not have anyone working in the household, and 52 percent of those in poverty are single parents. Those assembled at today’s event encouraged both corporations and individuals to give back to the community.

For more information on Empire City Casino visit www.empirecitycasino.com.MAYOR SPANO CHRISTMAS SPIRIT .jpg

About Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway:

Empire City Casino is one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast. Featuring 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic three card poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, Empire City Casino also offers guests year-round harness racing and International simulcasting, live entertainment including the best party, tribute and Latin bands, comedy, New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina. Visit Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Visit http://www.empirecitycasino.com or call 914.968.4200 for information.

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Bob Knight’s Plaid Championship Sports Coat, Joe Lapchick’s “Scandal Scrapbook” on Steiner Auctions Block

By John Cirillo
Follow us on the Twitter @JohnnySportsMan
The Steiner Auctions “Fall Classic” on-line auction includes a treasure trove of basketball memorabilia from the collection of legendary college coach Bob Knight that includes the Green-Plaid Sports Coat worn in the 1981 NCAA Championship Game (photo-matched).
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Visit steinerauctions.com to bid and for more information.
Rare collectibles up for grabs also include: St. John’s University Coach Joe Lapchick’s Original Scandals Scrapbook from 1951 (From Bobby Knight); Knight’s  Indiana University 1987 National Champions Pendant Money Clip; his United States Flag (Flown over the US Capitol August 10, 1984) in Honor of Knight’s Olympics Gold Medal; his “Salute to Michael Jordan” Retirement Celebration Clock (November 1 1994); his 2007 Michael Jordan’s “Flight School” Staff Member Award; and his 2004-2005 Texas Tech Game-Worn Coach’s Sweater.
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Media Advisory: Wrapped with Love at Empire City Casino November 13

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MEDIA ADVISORY – November 9, 2017
Contact:              Lindsay Salandra, Empire City Casino, lsalandra@empirecitycasino.com
John Cirillo, Cirillo World 914-260-7436, johnnycigarpr@aol.com
Monday, November 13th at Empire City Casino
Empire City Casino Employees, Catholic Charities, Elected Officials and Others Come Together for First Ever “Wrapped With Love” Event to Help Families in Need
WHO:    Timothy J. Rooney, president and CEO, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway;
               Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities;
               Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano & Westchester Elected Officials;
               Orla Kelleher, Executive Director of Aisling Irish Community Center;
               Empire City Employee Volunteers
WHAT: “Wrapped with Love,” an employee volunteer event to assist those in need during the holiday season, will bring together casino employees to gift-wrap toys that have been donated as part of their 11th Annual Christmas Spirit Coat & Toy Drive and highlight the need of families throughout Westchester. For the past several years, a truckload of new toys has been donated to the Coat & Toy Drive by Josh Blake, President of the Gander Group, a California-based company. The toys will be presented to Catholic Charities and the Aisling Irish Center to be distributed to local areas in need.
WHEN: Monday, November 13th, 2017 | Media call-time: 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Good Time Room, 3rd floor of Empire City Casino
(Media may park in the valet entrance and will be escorted to the Good Time Room. GPS Address for Valet Entrance: 560 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY)
Toy and Coat Drive Presentation
RSVP:    Lindsay Salandra, Empire City Casino, lsalandra@empirecitycasino.com
John Cirillo, Cirillo World 914-260-7436, johnnycigarpr@aol.com
FULL DETAILS:
Yonkers, NY — In a community effort, now in its second decade, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway and its President and CEO Timothy J. Rooney host the 11th annual Christmas Spirit Coat & Toy Drive to assist families in need during the holiday season. The giving program is underway and will continue through November 30th. Donations are being accepted every day throughout November at the casino’s promotions booth. Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys and/or new or gently used coats which will go towards helping families and children in need.
ROONEY SPEAKING WITH SPANO.JPGEmpire City’s supportive staff will participate in an addition to the program this year: Wrapped with Love is an employee volunteer event at which the casino family, elected officials, and others will join Mr. Rooney, wrapping the donated toys. The gifts will assist local families receiving social services from Catholic Charities and the Aisling Irish Center.
The Coat & Toy Drive has become a holiday tradition at Empire City Casino for the past 10 years, donating thousands of toys and coats since 2007, when the campaign was launched under Mr. Rooney’s guidance.
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About Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway:

Empire City Casino is one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast. Featuring 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic three card poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, Empire City Casino also offers guests year-round harness racing and International simulcasting, live entertainment including the best party, tribute and Latin bands, comedy, New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina. Visit Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Visit www.empirecitycasino.com 

The Babe Still Helping the Scouts: Steiner Auctions Sales from Ruth Signed Baseball will be Donated to Boy Scouts

By John Cirillo

Follow us on the Twitter @JohnnySportsMan

Yankees immortal Babe Ruth is still helping the Boy Scouts. Seventy years after his passing, a baseball signed by the Bambino inscribed to “Troop 6 Larchmont Boy Scouts from Babe Ruth” is on the Steiner Auctionsblock, and a generous portion of the final sales price will be donated to the Boy Scouts by consigner Jack Coughlin.
BABE RUTH BOY SCOUTS BASEBALLMr. Coughlin was a lifelong scout, serving on many boards and committees, and obtained the ball circa 1948, when a group of scouts were throwing it around a gymnasium. Eagle Scout Coughlin, the 20-year-old Scoutmaster of Troop 6 at the time, confiscated the ball so that no one was hurt. He saw that it was not just an ordinary baseball, but one signed by the “Sultan of Swat.” He has held it for safekeeping until now.
The Official American League Baseball is in “very good condition and strong signature,” according to Steiner Auctions Director Dave Amerman. It is expected to fetch in the $10,000-15,000 range with proceeds to be shared by Mr. Coughlin,the ball’s official owner, and the Westchester-Putnam Council, which serves Scouts in southeastern New York State.
The “Fall Classic Auction” closes on Saturday, November 18th.  Visit steinerauctions.com to bid and for more information.

Shaq Size 22 Exclusive Edition Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Rookie Season from Steiner Sports

By John Cirillo

Follow us on the Twitter @JohnnySportsMan

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Shaquille O’Neal’s NBA debut (November 6, 1992), Steiner Sports Memorabilia has launched an exclusive edition Shaq Attaq” SIZE 22 PUMP Reebok autographed sneaker, the same sneaker that he wore during his “Rookie of the Year” season with the Orlando Magic, it was announced today.
SHAQ SNEAKERThe sneaker is autographed by Shaq and inscribed “HOF 16” in tribute to his Hall of Fame career. A custom-designed, exclusive display case is included in the $699.99 price. The sneaker and display case retail for $1,149.98 with the special, exclusive pricing made available to commemorate his rookie season and this iconic sneaker.
Shaq shares the distinction of wearing the largest-sized sneaker in NBA history with fellow Hall of Famer Bob Lanier, who first wore a size 22 shoe from 1970 through 1982.
Shaquille O’Neal became the first professional spokesperson for Reebok and helped propel Reebok as a powerful force in the professional sports world. Kids all across the globe were “pumping” up their Reeboks before they stepped on the basketball court and it was because of Shaquille O’Neal’s dominating dunks and powerful play which built his Hall of Fame resume.

The display case features a mirrored bottom, a premium black wood base and UV coated glass. The case also features Shaquille O’Neal executing one of his world-famous dunks.

Johnny Hoops Receives Johnny Bach Award from Fordham U.: “I Shall Pass this Way but Once; Any Kindness I Can Show to Any Human Being, Let Me Do It Now.”

By John Cirillo

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ANDARIESE AND BACH BEST

The life of John Andariese came full circle with an exclamation point last night (October 30, 2017), appropriately at The Water Club, appropriately receiving an award named for his former coach, mentor and father figure, appropriately from his alma mater, where his “basketball lineage began,” as his friend, the N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver, poignantly explained.

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Before a joyous group 200 strong – family, friends, alumni and admirers who came from far and wide – at Buzzy O’Keeffe‘s Water Club, the venue that he married his beloved wife Maureen 26 years ago, the treasured Knicks broadcaster and basketball Hall of Famer was presented with the “Johnny Bach Award” from Fordham University Athletics at the annual basketball Tip-Off Dinner, and what a way to launch a season.

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The dozen or so current men’s and women’s Rams players in attendance were given a history lesson on the basketball lineage of their school, too. It was noted that Andariese was coached by Bach (1956-60), the winningest coach in Rams’  history, who also played hoops at Fordham (1943-47), and was coached by none other than the football icon Vince Lombardi, the freshman basketball coach.

MAUREEN ANDARIESE WITH TEAM .jpgIt was a night for the ages. And from heaven’s hardwood, the two gentlemen Johns from Fordham in The Bronx by way of Brooklyn, forever intertwined, had to be watching in awe.

ANDARIESE MEN'S AND WOMEN'S PLAYERS.jpeg“He and Johnny Bach are up there, amazed,” said Maureen. “They were like bookends, the two nicest, most handsome men I’ve ever been around.

“Everything about him was ‘you’re going to win it,’” Maureen continued in her emotional remarks. “His attitude was never give up. Fight, fight, fight. I hope this night brings the Fordham teams significant success.

“This (award) is huge,” Maureen added. “This is one of the proudest moments of his life.”

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The Commish and Marv, special friends, special guests

Earlier, his longtime broadcast partner Marv Albert, reflected: “Johnny Hoops and Johnny Bach were the two most gracious, two most caring, two nicest people I’ve ever met in basketball.”

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Yes, and it counts! The crowd on its feet roaring

Marv cited the qualities that made Johnny Hoops so superb at his chosen craft: “his passion for the game, his ability to break it down, and his sense of humor,” and recalled that his friend would always chuckle when Marv referred to him on the air as the “53rd all-time leading rebounder in Fordham basketball history.”

“Somewhere Johnny Hoops and his one-time coach are taking this all in,” wrapped up Marv.

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Silver with golden words

Commissioner Silver, who was befriended by Andariese during his early years in the N.B.A., recalled the story when they first met: “I was in a room with 25 people from the NBA, and I was the only one that John didn’t know. He made a bee-line over and wanted to know: ‘what’s your name? How did you get your job? What do you do? You have size, do you have game?’ He was curious.”

Commissioner Silver remembered that Andariese would delight in the simplicity of a great BLT sandwich – “the bacon Adam, the bacon” – and the nattily-dressed broadcaster’s love for fine clothing:

“He was Johnny Hoops, but we called him ‘Johnny Suits,’” laughed Silver. “’Feel this (fabric) Adam.’ If he liked a BLT sandwich, you can imagine how he felt about fabric.”

Andariese had taken Silver to his Manhattan clothier, Edwin, and was now about to take the major step into high-end wardrobe: “I turned over the tag, and was having second thoughts. I told John: ‘I’m not sure I’m ready to pay this much for a suit.’ And he said: ‘you pass this way but once.’ Enjoy life, you deserve it.”

And so, the eloquent Commissioner, at this Jesuit event, quoted the Quaker missionary Etienne de Grellet, in succinctly capsuling the life of John Andariese, the person: I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

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Fr. McShane addresses alumni and friends

For the many whose way John Andariese had passed, the so many that he touched, his resounding kindness will forever be remembered as the epitome of what it is to be a great Fordham man.

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Alum Frank Aiello introduces son to Fordham pride, Thomas, next generation of Rams fans

Fellow Fordham alumnus and Brooklynite John Cirillo worked closely with John Andariese during his days as Knicks public relations man from 1984-97, and the two would reminisce with Johnny Bach on his visits to New York with the Chicago Bulls.

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Three Brooklyn boys, Marv, Johnny Hoops and me, at the Garden, circa 1986