The boxing community will gather en masse to support fight trainer and ESPN2 Friday Night Fights commentator Teddy Atlas to assist those in need at the 13th annual Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation Dinner on Thursday night, November 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, New York. The boxing “Who’s Who” list set to attend the gala includes former giants of the ring Emile Griffith, Iran Barkley, Gerry Cooney, Chuck Wepner, and Renaldo Snipes, not to mention Hall of Fame trainer Lou Duva, ESPN broadcaster Brian Kenny and historian Bert Sugar.
Two more headliners – New York Giants star running back Brandon Jacobs and Colorado Rockies standout right handed hurler and New York product Jason Marquis – will be on hand to support the cause. The Sopranos cast members Tony Sirico and Joe Gannascoli, and CBS ‘s The Good Wife star Chris Noth join what will be a long list of personalities expected at this year’s benefit, including members of both the Jets and Giants. Comic Jeff Pirrami returns as host of the festivities which will include a wide array of celebrities, a memorabilia auction, and the presentation of the annual “Teddy” Awards.
Tickets are priced at $200, while Gold tables of 10 are available at $5,000, Silver tables of 12 at $3,000, Bronze tables of 14 at $2,800 by calling 201-293-2606, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Log onto www.dratlasfoundation.com for more information.
The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 1100 South Avenue in Staten Island, New York.
Over one thousand supporters attend the “Teddy” Dinner, along with numerous celebrity athletes and actors who show their support for the work of the Foundation. Notable sports names including Bill Parcells, Eric Mangini, Chad Pennington, Curtis Martin, Gary Sheffield, John Franco, John McEnroe, George Foreman, Michael Moorer, Sugar Ray Leonard, Pete Rose and Harry Carson. Entertainment and television luminaries such as Chris Noth, Chuck Zito, Danny Aiello, Tony Siricco, Max Kellerman, Bob Papa, Joe Tessitore, Mike Franscesa and Steven Baldwin have attended the Dinner to help raise awareness and funds in support of the Foundation.
The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that provides financial and emotional support to individuals and organizations in need, and focuses primarily on the needs of children. It was founded in 1997 by boxing trainer, commentator and motivational speaker Teddy Atlas to honor the memory of his father, Dr. Theodore Atlas, a Staten Island physician who for 55 years provided medical services to his community. His spirit of giving is embodied in the Foundation that bears his name.
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 very real way. Once the Foundation identifies a person or family in need, it immediately moves to help, and avoids any bureaucratic obstacles which might damage the recipient’s pride. In addition to helping thousands of individuals and families in their times of need, the Foundation has engaged in larger endeavors such as creating incentive programs in schools to encourage and motivate students, creating a food pantry on Staten Island to insure that children do not go to bed hungry, and distributing turkeys at Thanksgiving and toys at Christmas to families that don’t have the financial resources to properly celebrate the holidays.
There is so much more work to be done, and the Foundation remains committed to the mission of bringing help to people in their time of need, no matter how great or small the call.