This year, Stamford Hospital Foundation’s eighth annual Dream Ball Gala will get a boost of celebrity as former Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman Constantino “Tino” Martinez will serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.
Martinez’s relationship with Stamford Hospital began after an experience Scott Krug, a New York Yankee executive and member of the Stamford Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, had there. Krug and his wife delivered their son, who was born with medical issues, at Stamford Hospital and received an outpouring of support from the Hospital’s physicians, nurses and administrators. Martinez was deeply moved by this and felt compelled to support a cause that was deeply meaningful to a fellow member of his Yankee family.
A Tampa, Fla. native, Martinez attended the University of Tampa and was the first round pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 1988 amateur draft. During his 15-year MLB career he played for the Mariners, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Martinez has four World Series rings with the Yankees and will always be remembered for his grand slam in game one of the 1998 World Series.
The Dream Ball will feature dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions and a Giving Tree, with all of the proceeds directly supporting the vital programs and services that benefit the Hospital’s patients and their families. Last year, the gala raised more than $700,000 and was attended by more than 850 guests from Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan.
The Dream Ball will take place at Stamford Hospital’s Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., and dinner and dancing will begin at 7 p.m.
For more information, please contact Kari Pollak at (203) 276-2554 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dreamball.org.