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49th Annual Celebrity Sports Night

This premier fundraising event provides guests with an opportunity to collect autographs from a variety of sports legends and celebrities.

Joe Namath and students of the Henry Viscardi School at Celebrity Sports Night 2012
Date: May 14, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Viscardi Center
201 I.U. Willets Road
Albertson, New York 11507
Sponsors: DiversityInc

In its 49th year, Celebrity Sports Night is one of the premier fundraising events on Long Island and raises funds to enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities. This year's event, presented by DiversityInc and chaired by John A. Danzi, Principal, Long Island Hotels, will recognize:

• Honoree - Luke Visconti, CEO and Founder of DiversityInc
• Corporate Excellence in Disability Best Practices - Robin Hayes, President & CEO, JetBlue Airways
• Sportsman of the Year - Clark Gillies, NHL Hall of Famer and former New York Islander
• Roy Campanella Award - Victor Calise, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People
  with Disabilities

Take a “sneak peek” at Sports Night.

While the evening may seem typical, it’s one-of-a-kind. During the cocktail reception, guests are provided with an opportunity to collect autographs and speak with dozens of athletes and celebrities in attendance. Guests can also strike a pose with the athletes and celebrities, even take a few selfies! A silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, show tickets and more takes place during the reception. A formal sit-down dinner is followed by a live auction with several “priceless” experiences. One of the evening’s highlights is an original performance, produced by Olympic Figure Skating Champion JoJo Starbuck, featuring students of the Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center with appearances by some of the attending athletes and celebrities.

Guests at the 2014 event included 3-time World Series Champ, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, J.R. Martinez, the season 13 “Dancing with the Stars” Champion, and Steve Schirripa, known for his role as “Bobby Bacala” on The Sopranos. Past athlete and celebrity participants also include Joe Namath, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Joe Theismann, Sean Landeta, Bud Harrelson, Mookie Wilson, Bobby Nystrom, Johnny Weir, Tai Babilonia, Randy Gardner, Jim Brown, Joe Frazier, Keith Hernandez, Boomer Esiason, Willie Mays, Walt Frazier, Lou Pinella, Stephen Baker, Karl Nelson, John Schmitt, Darryl Strawberry, and many other sports legends.

For more information, please contact Linda Tibbals at 516.465.1595 or ltibbals@viscardicenter.org.

Founded by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as disability advisor to eight U.S. Presidents and became one of the world’s leading advocates, The Viscardi Center educates, employs and empowers children and adults with disabilities. It provides Pre-K through High School education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement, assistive technology, adapted driver education and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents and adults with disabilities, and businesses.

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