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Press Releases / 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2010

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

NEW YORK CITY TO CELEBRATE
THE 2011 WORLD POLICE & FIRE GAMES

New York, N.Y. – The 2011 World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) will host its Fifth Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, March 24, at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square. The Honorable Michael Bloomberg will be attending along with FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and PAPD Superintendent Michael Fedorko.  The WPFG will be honoring a select group of New York dignitaries and sponsors, including Adrian Benepe, Commissioner of New York City Parks & Recreation; Claudio Reñya, the former captain of the U.S. National Soccer Team (2002-2006); and announcing 2011 WPFG newest Founding Partner SCOTT Health and Safety to name a few.  This year’s Gala Chairman and Ambassador of the 2011 New York Games is The Honorable David N. Dinkins.

The World Police & Fire Games are the 2nd largest Olympic-style sporting event in the world; taking place every two years in a different city around the world, and showcasing the athletic prowess of 15,000 police officers and firefighters from more than 70 countries worldwide.  More than 65 sporting events in both women’s and men’s divisions will be featured at 35 venues throughout the five boroughs of New York City.  In 2011, the Games will respectfully coincide with the 10 year anniversary of Sept. 11th, and will integrate the two themes of Remembrance for those lost in the tragedy and Gratitude for the international support that flooded in during the aftermath. 

The Gala program is set to include a cocktail reception, program, and silent auction with proceeds to benefit the funding of the 2011 Games. John Flaherty, YES Network announcer and former New York Yankees catcher will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Gala. Several Gala Dinner sponsorship packages are available at various levels and range from $5,000 to $100,000. Individual tickets with preferred seating are available for $1,000, and general seating is available for a $500 a ticket.

Additional honorees, who have contributed to bringing the 2011 Games to New York City, include Stephen Dannhauser, Chairman, Weil Gotshal & Manges; James E. Fuchs, two-time Olympic medalist and President, Silver Shield Foundation; Jeffrey Gural, Chairman, Newmark Knight Frank; Edward H. Schauder, Haynes and Boone LLP; and Thomas Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America.  A special tribute acknowledging the medalists and participants in the 2009 World Police & Fire Games in Vancouver will also be shown.

“The Benefit Gala is an important vehicle for us to spread the message of brotherhood, sacrifice, and sports,” said Jim Carney, President and CEO, 2011 WPFG. “New York City is the ideal backdrop to showcase not only a sporting event of this magnitude, but also the cultural, entertainment, and historical attractions that the Big Apple has to offer.”

WHO:

2011 World Police & Fire Games 5th Annual Benefit Gala
Dinner & Program, Silent Auction


WHEN:

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction 6:00 PM
Dinner & Program to Follow at 7:00 PM


WHERE:

The New York Marriott Marquis Times Square
1535 Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets


PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

Media RSVP to:

      

2011 World Police & Fire Games
Bill Miccio
bmiccio@2011wpfg.org
845-258-0181
718-281-3335 office

About 2011 World Police & Fire Games

The 2011 World Police & Fire Games and Memorial Inc. is a non-profit 501c (3), and is responsible for producing the New York City games. The organization is made up of active and retired police officers, firefighters and other NYC agency personnel and is dedicated to providing the best possible sporting venues combined with world class officiating; integrating the diverse cultural, entertainment, and historical experiences that New York City offers; and remembering those who lost their lives on 9/11 and to express gratitude for the international support that flooded into the City at that time.

 

 

Media Contact: Bill Miccio, 845-258-0181

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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