Fight Night with Gerry Cooney

Gerry Cooney © Joe DiMaggio

Gerry Cooney © Joe DiMaggio

To all the ships at sea,

You could probably count on one hand the number of your really dear friends. Gerry Cooney and I have been friends for a long time. It’s a lot like black and white: I’m black and he’s white, then I’m white and he’s black. We don’t agree on many things, but the one thing we agree on is that children in need can use our help. Gerry has dedicated part of his life to YCS and he was gracious enough to ask JoAnne and I to come aboard. We thoroughly enjoy making art work from our sports library and having that work auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to the children. Stuff like that just makes you feel really good and, lets be honest, there are plenty of things that could make you feel a little not so good. It’s a time where old friends and celebrities come together. This particular evening we had Chuck Wepner , Paulie Walnuts ( Tony Sirico on the Sopranos), John Moss Sr., Jr., and the grandkids. We had our new assistant join us and she volunteered some of her art work, obviously on a no charge basis. It was a great evening, can’t wait for next year.

Hope to see you at forty fathoms,

Joe D.

P.S. Never let it be said that, late on a Thursday afternoon after two hours at the gym and six hours editing, I am a little flaky. Forgot to mention: Chuck Wepner was the model for Sylvester Stalone’s “Rocky”.

JoAnne Kalish and Paulie Walnuts © Joe DiMaggio

JoAnne Kalish and Paulie Walnuts © Joe DiMaggio

Paulie Walnuts and Gerry Cooney © JoAnne Kalish

Joe DiMaggio, Paulie Walnuts and Gerry Cooney © JoAnne Kalish

John Moss Sr. and Joe DiMaggio © JoAnne Kalish

John Moss Sr. and Joe DiMaggio © JoAnne Kalish

John Moss Sr., Joe DiMaggio, and Gerry Cooney © JoAnne Kalish

John Moss Sr., Joe DiMaggio, and Gerry Cooney © JoAnne Kalish

Joe DiMaggio and Elizabeth Bauman © JoAnne Kalish

Joe DiMaggio and Elizabeth Bauman © JoAnne Kalish

Chuck Wepner © Elizabeth Bauman

Chuck Wepner © Elizabeth Bauman

Gatti vs Leija Fight Actor Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts Gaultieri from HBO Sopranos)

Gatti vs Leija Fight
Actor Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts Gaultieri from HBO Sopranos)

Fight Night June 18th, 2016

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

“I’m inviting you to join me at a boxing benefit. Step into my corner to help some great kids!”

This year’s event will be hosted by and showcasing Gerry Cooney, will feature amateur USA Boxing Federation bouts, and will include special appearances in the ring by Governor Richard Codey and Michael Costa.

In addition to general and ringside admission seats, we are offering a Pre-fixe “Fight and Dinner Package” at the Zylo Restaurant at the W Hotel.

Money raised at the event will directly help to make the dreams of a safer and happier life come true for the children of the Youth Consultation Service.

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To all the ships at sea,

I was honored to be the official photographer of the third annual Gerry Cooney fight night. It’s an absolutely great event and it will help children. It doesn’t get better than that, it really doesn’t. If you sign up, mention my name and you can assist me at ringside.

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© Joe DiMaggio