“Many Hands Make Light Work”

By John Cirillo

“Many hands make light work,” my mom always said to me as a kid growing up in Brooklyn. No truer words were ever better spoken than in the case of the Thurman Munson Awards Dinner.

KAY 2012

Kay staunch supporter of AHRC and Diana Munson

ANDREW MILLER

Lefty Miller has it right on mound, off field

This week, Yankees top-shelf relief pitcher Andrew Miller graciously took time from his schedule to appear on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN NY 98.7 Radio on Tuesday, simulcast across the nation on YES Network, and Mike’d On, Mike Francesa’s program on WFAN Radio (660 AM, 101.9 FM) on Wednesday, to promote the benefit for AHRC New York City Foundation. Just as graciously the two hosts, and their producers – Kay’s Andrew Gundling and Francesa’s Brian Monzo – handling the bookings. Miller’s agent Mark Rodgers expedited the interviews.

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Francesa “Mike’d on” Miller

Last week, when scheduled-MC Kay learned of an unavoidable conflict, the YES Network Voice of the Yankees served as the conduit to John Sterling, the longtime radio Yankees voice, to pinch hit as Master of Ceremonies.

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Sterling will MC, Suzyn a special guest

Kay was also one of the lightning rods in the reach out to Jim Abbott, the ex-Yankee “No Hit” hurler Jim Abbott, another “Thurman” recipient for this coming Tuesday. YES Network’s VP of Production and Programming Woody Freiman was another who helped to contact Abbott, and has always taken the time from his hectic schedule to provide video highlights of the Yankee honorees to be played at the gala.

MCCANN

McCann on with Joe and Evan

Today, Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts had Miller’s batterymate Brian McCann on the midday show on WFAN, again giving the Munson Dinner great additional “Fan-fare.” Producer Ernesto Acosta is always at the ready for a booking that will help a cause. Agent BB Abbott and aide de camp Stephanie Khoury get big time assists in McCann’s commitment to attend the AHRC NYC Foundation benefit on Tuesday night.

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Mets Pr ace Horwitz presented Piazza at rendition of Thurmans; Zillo will present McCann this year

The Mets and Yankees PR gurus – Jay Horwitz and Jason Zillo – are always there to lend a hand in securing countless players as both honorees, award presenters, major donor table hosts, and their organizations supporting the dinner for many years.

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Famila, good guy reliever, receives Thurman on Tuesday

Jay-Jay and SNY’s Kevin Sornatale teamed to provide Amazin’s pre- and post-game lead analyst Nelson Figueroa to present Mets closer Jeurys Familia with his “Thurman.” Josh Yates and Marie Rivera were said “YES” in rapid fashion on the request to honor Familia, and Sam and Seth Levinson, the principals of the agency, will be in attendance and have lent their financial support to the AHRC NYC Foundation.

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“Flash” presents Betances last year

YES Network’s John “Flash” Flaherty is a fixture at the Munson Dinner, and this year will present Miller with his hardware.

Sports rep supreme Mead Chasky produced Jesse Orosco as yet another to join the Munson “Class of 2016,” and in previous years, Robby Cano, Gary Sheffield and Melky Cabrera had been honored thanks to Mr. Chasky.

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Bernie Williams will present Jim Abbott

And a just announced coup-de-grace: Yankees great Bernie Williams, a previous recipient, will be on hand to present Abbott with his Munson Award. Bernie’s rep Steve Fortunato was diligent and of great import in making the appearance happen.

BERNIIE RECEIVES MUNSON

“Bern Baby Bern” received Munson back in playing days presented by Thurman mate Willie Randolph

Thurman’s teammate Roy White has been a frequent attendee, and will be on hand once again, as will ex-Yank and Mets hurler Doc Gooden.

Former Giants SB champs Karl Nelson, Chris Canty and Steve Weatherford – all previous Thurman recipients – will all be back to support the cause.

Powerful people who care! Many hands make light work, indeed!

MOM

Here’s mom with granddaughter Kristin Nicole. Thanks for the words of wisdom

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Canty was presented by Nelson in ’13

The 2015 Thurman Munson Awards Dinner

Weatherford with Diana last year

Here are the links to the Andrew Miller interviews, followed by information on the Munson Dinner:

Michael Kay Show/ESPN NY Radio: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/newyork/play?id=14699998

Mike Francesa Show/WFAN Radio: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/audio/mike-francesa/mike-francesa-with-andrew-miller/

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Benefit for AHRC NYC Foundation Pays Homage to Yankee Captain
YANKEES BATTERYMATES –  RELIEF PITCHER ANDREW MILLER AND CATCHER BRIAN MCCANN, FORMER YANKEES “NO HIT” HURLER JIM ABBOTT; METS STANDOUT CLOSER JEURYS FAMILIA; AND 1986 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION RELIEVER JESSE OROSCO HONOREES AT 36th ANNUAL THURMAN MUNSON AWARDS DINNER TUESDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 9, AT GRAND HYATT HOTEL IN NYC
Who: Honorees: New York baseball’s two premier closers – the Yankees Andrew Miller (36 saves) and the Mets Jeurys Familia (team record-tying 43 saves); former Yankees “No-Hit” pitcher Jim Abbott, who has been an inspiration to people with disabilities; current Yankees catcher Brian McCann; and 1986 Mets World Series champion relief pitcher Jesse Orosco in 30th Anniversary of Amazin’ title team; and Thurman Munson’s widow Diana Munson.

 

What: The 36th annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner to benefit AHRC New York City Foundation

 

Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 42nd Street, New York City

 

When: Tuesday night, February 9, 2016

 

Time: 4:45 PM Media Check-In/Lobby Level
5:00-6:00 PM, Press Conference, Media room, LEXINGTON AVENUE GALLERY, Lobby Level
6:00 p.m., VIP Cocktail reception: MANHATTAN BALLROOM
7:00  p.m.: Dinner and Awards/EMPIRE STATE BALLROOM

 

CREDENTIALS PLEASE RSVP/CONTACT: Please email John Cirillo: johnnycigarpr@aol.com; 914.260.7436

 

The 36th Annual Thurman Munson Awards, which pay homage to the late, great Yankees captain, will be presented at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Tuesday night, February 9, 2016, and the honorees are: New York baseball’s two premier closers – the Yankees Andrew Miller (36 saves) and the Mets Jeurys Familia (team record-tying 43 saves) – will be joined by former Yankees “No-Hit” pitcher Jim Abbott, who has been an inspiration to people with disabilities, current Yankees catcher Brian McCann, and 1986 Mets World Series champion reliever Jesse Orosco.
Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, has attended all but one of the previous 35 benefits, and has been involved since the dinner’s inception.
The Thurman Munson Awards Dinner has raised more than $14 million for programs that serve New York City children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. 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. For tickets and information on the Munson Awards Dinner call 212-249-6188 or email jennifer@emgbenefits.com. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.ahrcNYCfoundation.org/events.

 

The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success on the field of play and philanthropic works off the field.
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