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Jeff Nelson, Mookie Wilson, Katie Ledecky, Margaret Purce to be Honored At Munson Dinner March 7
Remembering Legendary Yankees Catcher and Captain at Chelsea Piers NYC
Julia Yager Spillman-Gover, CEO of The Eklund|Gomes Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, will receive the M. Anthony Fisher Humanitarian Award.
The gala remembers the late great Yankees captain and catcher Thurman Munson and has raised more than $18 million for the AHRC NYC Foundation which supports programs that enable children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives.
Joining in the celebration is a stellar lineup of sports dignitaries that includes baseball notables Bobby Valentine, John Flaherty and Nelson Figueroa, ever-popular Knicks guard John Starks, and a trio of New York Football Giants Super Bowl champs who are previous 'Thurman" recipients: Hall of Famer Harry Carson, Chris Canty and Karl Nelson.
Tina Cervasio, lead sports anchor for FOX 5 in New York, will be the Master of Ceremonies. New York Islanders co-owner and Katie Ledecky's proud uncle, Jon Ledecky, will accept on her behalf. Katie Ledecky will also send a video message since she is unable to attend due to the date change from the originally-scheduled February 1
The Thurman Munson Awards are presented annually for success and inspiration on the fields of play, and community spirit off the field. Thurman's widow Diana Munson is an honorary chair who has supported AHRC NYC and its fund-raising efforts through the Thurman Munson Awards for four decades.
AHRC NEW YORK CITY — Founded in 1949, AHRC NYC is a family-governed organization, supporting neurodiverse children and adults, and is one of the largest non-profits in the nation, with 5,000 staff serving over 15,000 individuals. The organization strives to empower people who are neurodivergent to lead full and equitable lives and envision a socially just world, where the power of difference is embraced, valued and celebrated. Recognized by Forbes as a Best Midsize Employer in America two years in a row, AHRC NYC honors its legacy and continuously grows through a culture of curiosity, creativity and optimism.