MARIANO RIVERA TO HEADLINE 67TH DAY OF CHAMPIONS DINNER
New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera will headline the 67th annual Rochester Press-Radio Club Day of Champions Children's Charity Dinner on Tuesday, May 31 at the Joseph Floreano Riverside Convention Center.
Rivera will receive the Coca-Cola Sports Personality of the Year Award, and will be joined at the head table by other sports figures and local award winners to be announced in the coming weeks.
A native of Panama City, Panama, Rivera spent 19 seasons with the Yankees, mostly as a relief pitcher. He finished his career in 2013 as Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader with 652 to go along with an 82-60 won-lost record and a 2.21 earned run average. A member of 13 American League All-Star teams and five World Series championship teams, Rivera was at his best in the post-season, posting a record-low 0.70 earned run average and 42 saves in 96 games. He is expected to be a first-ballot selection to the National Baseball Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in 2018.
Rivera is heavily involved in numerous philanthropic causes through the Mariano Rivera Foundation and has been honored for his community service on several occasions.
"We are thrilled to have the greatest closer in baseball history as our keynote speaker," said Press-Radio Club President Keith Ryan. "Besides being a great player, he's been a model citizen whose desire to help others fits in perfectly with the give-back mission of our organization."
Tickets for the dinner are $135, with a table of 10 available for a discounted price of $1,250.
To reserve tickets or packages, call 585-340-1460, email, or use this printable form. Credit cards or money orders are accepted as payment. Seating is limited.
Since the Press-Radio Club's inception in 1949, it has donated more than a million dollars to Rochester charities.
The club gratefully acknowledges its corporate sponsors: Coca-Cola Refreshments; the Democrat and Chronicle Media Group; ESL Federal Credit Union; Paychex Corporation; the Rochester Red Wings; the Rochester RazorSharks, and Monroe County Sports Commission.