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Hit a home run for the CHF

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 06, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

13717.jpgYou probably don’t know who Steve Fortunato is. He’s a marketing guy who works with a number of players including Alex Rodriguez and Johnny Damon.

“Fortch” and a nice woman named Rachel Hanser asked me to pass along some information about the Children’s Heath Fund Home Run Club.

The CHF was founded in 1987 by Paul Simon and Dr. Irwin Redlener. The organization was created to fill an urgent need for medical care for children living in New York City’s homeless shelters. Now, 20 years later, CHF has 21 projects providing health care services to thousands of homeless and low-income children and families across the country.

Among their facilities is a large community health center in the South Bronx, not too far from the Stadium. Their New York programs serve close to 10,000 children and families a year.

The Home Run Club started in 1988 with Don Mattingly as the captain and he handed off the title to Bernie Williams after he retired. Now Johnny Damon is the captain. People pledge money for every home run the Yankees hit as a team (or you can make a one-time contribution) and the money goes to the CHF, delivering health care to homeless and disadvantaged kids, regardless of their ability to pay.

I spoke to Johnny a few days ago and he told me he has seen first-hand the good work these people do. I’m certainly not going to tell you what charity to support. But if you have a few bucks to spare, helping sick kids seems like a worthy thing. I did it myself today and it’s a good feeling.

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