16th Teddy Dinner this Thursday

For the past 16 years, boxing trainer and ESPN television fights analyst Teddy Atlas has endeavored to fight the good fight in memory of his late father. This year’s 16th annual Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation Dinner (affectionately nicknamed the “Teddy Dinner” by boxing scribes) on Thursday, November 15th at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island will be dedicated to helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy throughout the New York area from Staten Island to Rockaway.

Atlas took over the storefront next to the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation headquarters (at 543 Carey Avenue in Staten Island) and has rented two food trucks to help feed those ravaged by the hurricane. Supplies such as baby formula, water, garbage bags, cleaning fluids, flashlights and gloves have been distributed in Staten Island, Rockaway and Breezy Point.

More than 800 local community members and supporters are expected to attend the gala which remembers Teddy’s late, humanitarian father, a Staten Island physician, and continues his good works.

The dinner serves as the primary fundraiser of the year for the Foundation, allowing the not-for-profit community service organization to continue providing financial and emotional support to individuals and organizations in need, focusing particularly on the needs of children.

“It’s wonderful that we have been able to put on this event for 16 years running now, and it is an honor to have all of these tremendous athletes, coaches, and other celebrities involved, who have been willing to give their time and money to support our cause over many years,” said Atlas. “There is much work to be done – many mouths to help feed and sick children to help care for – and we are privileged to have the opportunity to do that important work. We couldn’t do it without the support of all of these great people who come to the Teddy Dinner.”

Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage, Giants Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms, Knicks Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing and NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe will be among the bevy of sports and entertainment stars joining boxing trainer and ESPN Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas to lend their support to the 16th Annual “Teddy Dinner.”

This year’s list of celebrities include:

  • Theo James
  • Chi McBride
  • Kevin Alejandro
  • Bonnie Somerville
  • Holt McCallany
  • Stella Maeve
  • Tom Hoover
  • Eric Mangini
  • Charles Oakley
  • Mark DeMayo
  • Phil Simms
  • Mike Pagiarulo
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Sterling Sharpe
  • Jeff Pirrami
  • Mickey Ward
  • Brian Kenny
  • Nick Fotiu
  • Lou Duva
  • Bruce Harper
  • Dan Grimaldi
  • John Starks
  • Joe Andruzzi
  • Tony Sirico
  • Sean Landeta
  • Curtis Silwa
  • Nabate Isles

Tickets and tables for the event can be purchased via the Foundation’s website at or by calling 718-980-7037.

About The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation:
The Foundation comes to the aid of people in a variety of difficult situations, people who have nowhere else to turn for help, people who would otherwise fall between the cracks. And it does so in a very direct and a very real way. Once the Foundation identifies a person or a family in need, it moves immediately to help, and avoids any bureaucratic obstacles that might damage the recipient’s pride.

In addition to helping literally thousands of individuals and families in their time of need, the Foundation has engaged in large endeavors, such as opening and operating youth boxing gyms in both Staten Island and Brooklyn, creating incentive programs in schools to encourage and motivate students, and distributing turkeys on Thanksgiving and toys on Christmas to families who do not have the financial resources to properly celebrate the holidays.


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