Mets Offer Free Tickets To First Responders On September 11

An article by posted on September 9, 2011

METS TO OFFER COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS TO NEW YORK CITY FIRST RESPONDERS FOR

SEPTEMBER 11 REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY AT 7:30 P.M.

 Mets to Donate Half the Proceeds from Special $10 Ticket Offer to Tuesday’s Children

FLUSHING, N.Y., September 9, 2011 - The New York Mets today announced they will offer complimentary tickets to New York City First Responders and their families for the September 11 Remembrance Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. and the Mets-Cubs game to follow at Citi Field.

Tickets can be picked up with proper photo identification starting today at the Citi Field Advance Ticket Window adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda and on the day of the game at all Ticket Windows.  Tickets are available to past and present off duty members of the New York City Police Department, New York City Fire Department, Port Authority Police Department, Emergency Medical Service, Office of Emergency Management, New York City Sanitation Department, New York City Department of Correction, and New York State Court Officers on a first come, first serve basis, subject to availability.

The Mets will also extend a special ticket offer to all fans for this Sunday’s game that benefits Tuesday’s Children.  The team will donate half the proceeds from the sale of $10 Promenade tickets to Tuesday’s Children, the non-profit family organization which has made a long-term commitment to every individual impacted by the events of September 11 and more recently those who have been impacted by terrorist incidents worldwide.  Fans can purchase tickets online at Mets.com/911.  There will be no ticket or order fees for this special offer.

September 11 Remembrance Ceremony

The September 11 Remembrance Ceremony will honor lives lost and pay tribute to the heroes, survivors and rescue and recovery workers on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

New York City uniformed service men and women will participate in the pre-game ceremony and first responders and families from Tuesday’s Children will unfurl a giant 300-foot by 100-foot American flag.

Grammy Award winning singer Marc Anthony will perform the National Anthem and American Idol finalist Pia Toscano will sing God Bless America.  Anthony performed an emotional rendition of the National Anthem on September 21, 2001, the first regular-season professional sporting event in New York after September 11. (To access footage of Anthony singing the anthem, please email MLBfootage@mlb.com.)  Toscano, who was born and raised in Howard Beach, Queens was a winner of the 2008 Mets Anthem Search.  She’s appearing at Citi Field the night after the American Idols Live! 2011 Tour concludes in Rochester, New York and will release her debut album later this year.

Last week, the Mets announced that John Franco will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Mike Piazza during the ceremony.  Franco and Piazza both played on the 2001 Mets and were instrumental in the club’s relief efforts after September 11.

Mets Alumni Association Presented by Citi

The Mets and members of the Mets Alumni Association Presented by Citi continued the outreach efforts started by the club 10 years ago by visiting local firehouses today.

Franco and Piazza along with David Wright and New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano visited Ladder 13 in Manhattan.  Ladder 13 lost 12 members on September 11.

Later in the day, Mets alumni Edgardo Alfonzo, Matt Franco, John Olerud, Steve Trachsel and Robin Ventura joined current Mets Tim Byrdak and Bobby Parnell at Squad 288 – Haz Mat 1 in Maspeth, Queens.  Haz Mat 1 lost 19 members on September 11, the most of any firehouse that day.

Citi and Mets Alumni will team up with the non-profit MyGoodDeed tonight at Citi Field to help commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11 by encouraging people to perform good deeds, support charitable causes, volunteer and engage in other acts of service.

Matt Franco, Olerud, Trachsel and Ventura will help 50 Citi volunteers in distributing “I Will” pledge cards to fans before the 7:10 p.m. Mets-Cubs game. The pledge cards encourage fans to visit 911day.org, and post what they will do to remember and pay tribute through good deeds and other forms of charitable service this September 11.

MyGoodDeed annually organizes the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance (“9/11 Day”), which seeks to provide a positive and forward-looking way for Americans and others to forever honor and remember the victims, survivors, and the many that rose in service in response to the tragedy, including first responders, recovery workers, volunteers, public safety officers and members of our military.

David Paine, president and co-founder of MyGoodDeed, started the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance in 2002 along with his friend Jay Winuk, vice-president and co-founder, who lost his younger brother Glenn Winuk, an attorney and volunteer firefighter, in the line of duty at the World Trade Center.  David’s original idea was inspired by a story he had read soon after the attacks which reported that members of the 2001 Mets organization, including players, planned to donate a day’s wages to the relief efforts.

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