The 33rd Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner was held on February 5 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
Pictured left to right are: YES Network’s Michael Kay, Munson Award honorees Ike Davis of the Mets and David Phelps of the Yankees, Grand Hyatt’s Jerry Lewin, Yankees CC Sabathia, Thurman’s widow Diana Munson, Jia Lewin, Olympic gold-medalist Aly Raisman, Giants Chris Canty, and former Knick Greg Anthony. Former Yankee and Met star hurler Doc Gooden (far right) also joined the festivities.
Mets 1969 World Champion outfielder Ron Swoboda presents first baseman Ike Davis with the Thurman Munson Award in New York City. The gala benefited the AHRC New York City Foundation, assisting children and adults with disabilities.
“When I told my dad that I was being honored at the Thurman Munson Dinner he was thrilled,” Davis said. “My dad and Thurman played together for two years and he always told me he was the fiercest competitor he ever played with during his career. My dad always told me that no one wanted to win more than Thurman Munson.”
The awards remember the late, great Yankees catcher and captain Thurman Munson. Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, attended her 33rd straight benefit, having been involved since its inception, raising over $12 million to assist children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success on the field of play and philanthropic works off the field.
The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer and more productive lives. It is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 15,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.