Fox 5′s”Good Day New York co-anchor Greg Kelly emceed as representatives from Major League Baseball, the New York Rangers and Mayor Bloomberg’s Intergovernmental Affairs office were honored at the 77th Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Club of Champions Tribute and Dinner last Wednesday, June 26, at The Waldorf=Astoria. Attended by more than 400 people, the event raised more than $600,000 to help fund inner-city community centers, parish-based athletic, cultural, volunteer and scouting programs and other initiatives throughout the Archdiocese of New York.
“The Club of Champions dinner celebrates CYO’s legacy and future of building today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders,” Monsignor Kevin Sullivan said.
Timothy J. Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Major League Baseball, received the CYO Club of Champions’ Gold Medal, which is awarded annually to an individual who has provided inspiration and leadership for the youth of New York City. Rod Gilbert, Director, Special Projects, Community Relations Representative of the New York Rangers, received the John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award, given to individuals who exhibited exceptional sportsmanship throughout their careers. And Haeda Mihaltses, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, received the Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award for their outstanding commitment to youth.
Honorary Co-Chairs of the event included His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Mrs. Margaret F. Grace, Mrs. Wellington T. Mara, Commissioner Bud Selig and Mr. Roger Staubach. Dinner Co-Chairs include:d Elizabeth Comerford, Mitchell Modell and Joseph Niciforo.
“The generosity of our honorees, Tim Brosnan, Haeda Mihaltses and Rod Gilbert and their colleagues and friends is greatly appreciated and critically needed,” Monsignor Sullivan added. “Through CYO, tens of thousands of New York youth of all religions participate in healthy and wholeness sports, cultural and other recreational activities throughout the year.”
All proceeds from the event support CYO programs that serve thousands of children and young people –non-Catholic and Catholic alike– throughout the Archdiocese of New York.
CYO supports the work of hundreds of parishes throughout the Archdiocese of New York to administer organized athletics programs for more than 24,000 children and youth ages 4 to 21 in the Archdiocesan region. Strongly rooted in local communities, CYO programs are organized around parishes with parental participation at the local level. In keeping with our mission, CYO Athletic Programs serve youth without regard to race, ethnicity, gender or religion. Through this broad array of recreational and spiritual growth and development opportunities, CYO promotes lives of promise, accomplishment and hope for young New Yorkers.