Event to support New York Board of Rabbis and Mariano Rivera Foundation
The New York Board of Rabbis (NYBR) honored New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera and Forest City Ratner Companies Executive Chairman Bruce Ratner during the NYBR Humanitarian Awards Dinner at Capitale on Monday evening June 17. Over 400 people from all segments of society were in attendance to pay homage to the awardees.
YES Network announcer Michael Kay served as master of ceremonies for the event, which included a dinner and awards presentation. Other notables in attendance included Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, and a host of current New York Yankees players including All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano, pitchers Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, David Phelps, outfielder Brett Gardner, and former Yankees player Roy White. Special recognition was given to Bruce Mosler and Joseph Coppotelli. James Orphanides and Michael Stoler co-chaired the evening.
The evening featured an exclusive VIP cocktail reception with Rivera and Ratner and all net proceeds from the event benefitted the NYBR and the Mariano Rivera Foundation.
Rivera began his major league career in 1995 and is now regarded as the most dominant relief pitcher in baseball history. The 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion has confounded batters with his legendary cut fast ball on the way to becoming baseball’s greatest postseason pitcher. In 2011, he set the Major League Baseball record for career saves and his tally currently stands at 631 regular-season saves. On March 13, 2013, Rivera announced he will retire following the season, his 19th in the major leagues.
Away from the ball field, Rivera is well-known for his charitable endeavors on behalf of children through the Mariano Rivera Foundation, which addresses children’s needs through programs that focus on education, health and wellness in his adopted community of New Rochelle and his native Panama. As part of the NYRB honor, Rivera will visit Israel with the board’s president, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik.
Ratner started his New York-based development company in 1985 and has become one of the largest real estate developers in the country. In the past 25 years, he has developed 44 ground-up projects in the New York City area including residential apartment buildings in New York by Gerhy and The New York Times Building. Forest City Ratner Companies’ MetroTech Center, a nine-building corporate campus in Brooklyn, employs 18,000 workers and is often credited with spurring the renaissance of downtown Brooklyn. Most notably, Ratner is the majority owner and developer of Barclay Center Arena, which opened in 2012 and is the home of the Brooklyn Nets, the first professional sports team in Brooklyn since the Dodgers left in 1957.
Ratner currently serves on a number of boards including Weill Cornell Medical College, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.