This past weekend, major league baseball pitcher Dellin Betances gave the children at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Brooklyn a "big save."
In an event that was organized by his sister Emelina and her Partner Lorena Abarca from the Betances & Abarca Real Estate Group, hundreds of toys were gathered for children that can’t go home for Christmas due to one illness or another.
Dellin spent a full afternoon taking pictures and signing autographs for all the people who were there. He walked around the catering hall with his new baby — just being one of the guys — and the people loved it.
Ken Thimmel, president of Pay it Forward Auctions, brought in some incredible memorabilia and auctioned it off, with the proceeds going to the children.
Podcast queen Dani Cipolla was also there to properly make everyone feel important while doing her show. Singer songwriter,Alex Martin, sang some Christmas songs, including one dedicated to Dellin and his family.
As you can imagine, the big question from a lot of the guests (to Betances) was, is he returning to the Yankees?
Dellin very politely dodged that question.
There were no exclusives on this day. Dellin wanted to keep the focus on what he was there for, the children. He did a great job doing that and I have to give credit to many of Dellin’s Yankee teammates for signing and delivering a lot of their equipment.
You can tell that Dellin’s favorite teammate may have been C. C. Sabathia because of how beautifully C. C. signed his spikes. With all off his career achievements written on one of the shoes.
Thank goodness the shoes were a size 15.
The bottom line? Dellin Betances has not forgotten where he came from.
He still acts like a big brother to his sister Emelina — who is just like her brother — in the sense that giving back is just as important to her.
At one point she actually cried while addressing the audience about the importance of helping these kids.
This was a wonderful event with the heart being in the right place. I first met Dellin and the Betances Family when he was in high school and I can only say that I am very proud to call them my friends.
God bless the children at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children.
Thank you to Betances & Abarca Real Estate Group for making things about more than business.
A special thank you to Alfred Zaccagnino from the Samarian group for donating toys to the kids at St. Mary’s and also sending toys to PS55 in the Bronx, N.Y., and as usual the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.
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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