New York Yankees great and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly will officially launch a new non-profit fundraising organization later this month.
Mattingly Charities will hold its first major event Thursday, January 27 at Mickey Mantle's Restaurant in New York City. The event, hosted by Len Berman, will include an intimate cocktail reception, dinner, a silent auction, a question/answer session with Don Mattingly and will conclude with musical entertainment featuring talented youth members from The Boys' Club of New York.
Former baseball greats Bernie Williams, Tom Seaver along with former New York Rangers' legend, Rod Gilbert will be attending, in addition to other athletes and celebrity friends are expected to attend.
Coinciding with the event, Schulte Auctions will be conducting an on-line memorabilia auction featuring numerous signed collectible items to benefit the fundraising efforts of Mattingly Charities. Dozens of autographed items from the likes of Mattingly, Cal Ripken, Michael Jordan, Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax and others are being offered as well as some original Type 1 photos of Babe Ruth, game worn gear and dozens of other items. The auction closes Monday, January 31, 2011 at 10 pm EST.
Mattingly Charities was launched to serve under privileged youth by supporting programs that promote baseball and softball participation.
"We are very excited to officially kick-off Mattingly Charities and announce a very special relationship with the Boys' Club of New York," said Mattingly, the 1985 American League MVP.
The auction can be found here.