Aaron Boone, who was named manager of the New York Yankees in early December, will appear as a special sports guest at the #518Gives Telethon to benefit the Center for Disability Services on Sunday, Jan. 28.
Boone will be joined at the Radisson Hotel Albany, formerly the Holiday Inn Albany, at 205 Wolf Road, by a New York Giants player who will be announced soon.
Boone will sign autographs from noon to 2 p.m. All proceeds from the telethon support the Center and its divisions, Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, Life Quality Solutions Incubator, Prospect Center in Queensbury and St. Margaret’s Center.
Boone is best known for hitting a series-winning walk-off home run in extra innings for the Yankees in the 2003 American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox. A third baseman, he played for the Cincinnati Reds, Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals and Houston Astros during his 12-year major league career. Boone worked as a guest analyst for the MLB Network and in 2010, he joined ESPN and has since appeared on Monday Night Baseball, Baseball Tonight’s pregame broadcast and has called World Series games for ESPN Radio.
The New York Yankees have a large fan base in Albany and have played a major part in the Center’s fundraising broadcast for years. Past special guests include Gaylord Perry, (the late) Ryne Duren, Rusty Torres and Frank Tepedino (2002), Goose Gossage (2003), Jorge Posada (2004), Joe Girardi (2005), Bubba Crosby (2006), Scott Proctor (2007), Shelley Duncan (2008), Brian Bruney (2009), Brett Gardner (2010), David Robertson (2011), Joba Chamberlain (2012), Cody Eppley (2013), Shawn Kelley (2014), Adam Warren (2015) and Didi Gregorius (2016) and Luis Severino (2017).
All donations to #518Gives Telethon stay in the area to benefit local individuals with disabilities and their families. For more information go to #518Gives, cfdsny.org, facebook.com/cfdsny, @cfdsny on Twitter and Instagram or search cfdsny on youtube.com. The live, local broadcast airs on WXXA/FOX23 from noon to 7 p.m. The Center for Disability Services is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
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