Gardner, Cone honored at Munson Awards

02/05/2014 9:38 PM ET
By Melissa Newhart

Diana Munson presents Brett Gardner with Thurman Munson Award.
Tuesday night marked the 34th annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner in New York City. Hosted by Munson's widow, Diana, this year's event benefited the AHRC NYC Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports programs to enrich the lives of those dealing with intellectual and developmental disabilities. AHRC NYC is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 15,000 children & adults.  

Over 34 years, the Thurman Munson Awards Dinner has raised more than $12 million for programs in the New York City area. The awards are given to athletes who demonstrate success not only on the field of play, but in their philanthropic efforts, as well. Among those honored last night, were New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner and former Yankees ace and current YES Network broadcaster David Cone. Diana Munson referred to Gardner as, "one of the most community minded players in the major leagues." And David Cone, who was clearly humbled by his award, commended the other honorees on their philanthropic efforts.

In addition to the athletes honored, Diana Munson and AHRC NYC presented "Corporate Hero" awards to Nicholas S. Schorsch (Chairman & CEO of American Realty Capital Properties) & William M. Kahane (CEO of RCS Capital) for their extraordinary philanthropic efforts. Living up to the honor, upon receiving their awards Nicholas & William announced they were donating an additional $200,000.

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