GREENWICH, Conn. - The 2011 MS Dinner of Champions will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich, and will honor Steiner Sports Marketing. Founder and chairman, Brandon Steiner, and executive vice president of purchasing and player relations, Chris Amoroso, will attend the ceremony on behalf of the organization. Special guests include Ottis Anderson, former NFL player for the New York Giants, and Jesus Montero, MLB player for the New York Yankees. Jim Abbott, the former MLB pitcher, who played despite having been born without a right hand, will also attend.
Steiner Sports Marketing, located in New Rochelle, N.Y., is the largest company of its kind in America, with an inventory of collectibles that includes more than 10,000 items. In 2004, Steiner Sports Marketing announced its partnership with the New York Yankees, Yankees-Steiner Collectibles, to provide fans with access to Yankees memorabilia and experiences at Yankee Stadium. Steiner Sports also has exclusive merchandising contracts with dozens of current athletes and sporting legends.
Brandon Steiner, founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing, will be honored at the 2011 MS Dinner of Champions, Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich along with his vice president of purchasing and player relations, Chris Amoroso. Steiner Sports Marketing has exclusive autographing contracts with many top athletes of today as well as legends of sporting past. For more information on the 2011 MS Dinner of Champions, please visitwww.ctfightsMS.org.
Steiner is a graduate of Syracuse University and played a major role in establishing the Sport Management program/major at Syracuse. He devotes his time to several charities, including Family Services of Westchester, which helps to provide quality social and mental health services to strengthen families, children and individuals. Steiner Sports has been instrumental in securing sports greats for the MS Dinner of Champions for the past four years. Steiner resides in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara, and his two children.
Chris Amoroso serves as vice president of purchasing and player relations with Steiner Sports Marketing. He oversees the purchasing and autograph procurement for the memorabilia division at Steiner Sports. Amoroso has more than 18 years of experience in the industries of sports, management, procurement and player and talent relationships.
At last year’s MS Dinner of Champions, Ottis Anderson was named recipient of the 2010 J. Walter Kennedy Memorial Award for his extraordinary accomplishments and teamwork on the field. A two-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants, Ottis Anderson rushed for more than 10,000 yards during his 14 year NFL career, highlighted by being named MVP of Super Bowl XXV in the Giants victory over the Buffalo Bills. Since his retirement from the NFL in 1992, Anderson has become a motivational speaker and has been involved with several entrepreneurial ventures. He is also associated with many charitable organizations, including the National MS Society, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the United Way, the American Heart Association and the Deborah Hospital Foundation.
Jesus Montero was named the No. 1 prospect in the Yankee Organization by Baseball America and has been regarded as the top-hitting catcher in Minor League Baseball. He has been included in numerous publications including Baseball America, and ESPN and was ranked as a Top 10 Prospect in all of Major League Baseball by MinorLeagueBaseball.com. Montero has been named an all-star at every level of the Minor Leagues and has been selected to two future games.
Former Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott will be this year's recipient of the 2011 J. Walter Kennedy Memorial Award. Despite having been born without a right hand, Jim Abbott pitched in the major leagues from 1989 to 1999 for the California Angels, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. Abbott threw a no-hitter in 1993 against the Cleveland Indians, and currently works as a motivational speaker.
The MS Dinner of Champions, hosted by baseball great Bobby Valentine, Stamford, is a special evening to honor champions of business and the sports industry who make a difference in their organizations and communities. The MS Dinner of Champions was established in 1978 and has raised nearly $6 million in the fight against MS since its inception.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease for which there is no cure. Funds raised by the chapter through events, such as MS Dinner of Champions, fund scientific research and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to people in Connecticut diagnosed with MS.
The 2011 MS Dinner of Champions will feature cocktails and a silent auction opening from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., followed by dinner with legends of the sports world, an extensive silent auction and a unique live auction experience.
For more information on the 2011 MS Dinner of Champions or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/ctn/fundraising-events/ms-dinner-of-champions/index.aspx.
Note: in May 2011, Stephanie Sfiridis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from the Central Connecticut State University. She is currently conducting a communications internship with the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. She will begin work on a master’s degree in January.