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'Bronx Tale' Team Donates to Belmont Fire Victims

'Bronx Tale' Team Donates to Belmont Fire Victims
(Ray Negron)

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Friday, 19 January 2018 04:14 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Last week, there was a horrific fire in the Belmont section of the Bronx. Seven people vanished in the blaze. Families destroyed forever.

When something like this happens — as a feeling, insightful person — you want to help any way you can.

For Chazz Palminteri, the actor who grew up in that neighborhood, it really hit home.

Knowing Chazz the way I do, it did not surprise me he would get together with his friends — film legend Robert De Niro and music icon Tommy Mottola — to help.

They’re the three producers of the great Broadway play "A Bronx Tale." That being the case, they decided to give $4.00 from every ticket sold to help victims that lived in the building.'

I have known Chazz and Tommy for a long time, and was very aware of their friendship with De Niro. And again, I am not surprised by this wonderful gesture.

I have always found Chazz to be a very humble man that I can always go to for help with anything. The brother is always there. Chazz and Mottola have never forgotten where they came from.

The other day, I sat down with Chazz to have the greatest cappuccino in the world at Gino's Pastry on Arthur Ave. Then we started to walk the streets in the Belmont section of the Bronx and as Chazz started to stare at the buildings I could see how much this man loves this neighborhood. That there was a fire here, which destroyed lives and buildings, I know really hurt him badly.

I have always been a lover of the arts and to say that I idolize these three men would be an understatement.

Many times, when you meet your heroes, they tend to disappoint us.

I can guarantee you that this is not the case with these three men.

New York is very lucky to have them. They just don't live in New York, they really care about our city.

Most people are aware of Chazz's considerable love of the Yankees, and as you can see by Mottola's picture, he too, is a big-time fan of the Bronx Bombers. So is De Niro.

They say that actions speak louder than words. In the case of these three men, their actions are very much appreciated.

To me, this is just another even more significant, Bronx Tale.

Ray Negron is a sports executive with over 40 years of experience in baseball. His first job came from a chance encounter with George Steinbrenner as a youth. He has become an American film producer, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist. His memoir is entitled, "Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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