WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Friends of White Plains Hospital will honor MLB all-star Mariano Rivera and his wife, Clara at their annual Gala, set to be held on Nov. 7 at the Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase.
Deemed by many to be the 'greatest closer ever to play the game', Mariano Rivera is a five-time World Series Champion, World Series MVP and is all-time leader in MLB saves with 652. He retired in 2013, having played more than 17 seasons with the Yankees.
The Riveras will be presented with the Hospital’s inaugural Community Heroes Award at the event, in recognition of their extensive and dedicated efforts to improve the health and lives of the underserved in Westchester County.
As a family committed to their faith, Clara and Mariano, in 2009, along with several dozen spiritual individuals, established the Refuge of Hope Church in their home. They expanded into a renovated church in New Rochelle five years later, and Clara serves as the Church’s Senior Pastor. They currently have plans to start an after school program there for at-risk children and adolescents.
Through the Refuge of Hope, The Rivera Foundation and the family’s community activities, Clara and Mariano invest their personal time and talent to motivate members of the community to love, care for and uplift those in need through hope and service. White Plains Hospital partnered with the Refuge of Hope recently to provide health education, screenings and other valuable information at a community health fair in New Rochelle.
The 2015 Friends of White Plains Hospital gala will begin at 6:30 PM and will feature cocktails, dinner and dancing, a silent auction and tributes to Mr. and Mrs. Rivera. Initial sponsors include the PepsiCo Foundation, the Schnurmacher Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Garfunkle, Wild, P.C., Scarsdale Medical Group, and the Medical and Dental Staff of White Plains Hospital.
Tickets are $500 per person. Sponsorship and private reception tickets are also available.
For further information on tickets and sponsorships, please visit the hospital's website or call 914-681-2264.