Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez presented with a Thurman Munson AwardSanchez was one of six award recipients at the Feb. 7 event
Diana Munson, Thurman's widow, attended her 37th consecutive benefit, having been involved since its inception; daughter Kelly, son Michael, and granddaughter Madison Evans were the other Munson family members also present, and Sanchez turned towards them to speak as he accepted his award.
"It means a lot to me to receive an award in Thurman Munson's name," Sanchez said through his interpreter and agent, Francis Marquez. "Diana, the best way I can show my appreciation for this award is playing hard and trying to be a great man like your husband was, and I promise you that I will do my best."
This year's other honorees included two of Thurman's teammates, shortstop Bucky Dent and third baseman Graig Nettles, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Yankees 1977 World Series Championship (Munson Legend Award); New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores; and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.
YES Network's Michael Kay served as Master of Ceremonies and presented Sanchez's award, while Diana Munson (Dent), former Yankee Roy White (Nettles), Mets GM Sandy Alderson (Flores) and former Giant Chris Canty (Cruz) also presented.
In addition, Sanford J. Schlesinger, Founding Partner, Schlesinger Gannon & Lazetera LLP, was the recipient of the "Corporate Hero" Award.
The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success and inspiration on the fields of play and community spirit off the field, and the awards dinner itself has raised over $15 million to benefit the AHRC New York City Foundation, which provides programs that serve New York City children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.