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

Gerry Cooney

To all the ships at sea,

As the line goes, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?”  Well, the short answer to that is, as my friend Willy Nelson would say is, “On the road again.”  Haven’t had any time to do any blogging, tweeting, or social media, and if I did have time for that, I was probably having a martini, and once I have a martini, I don’t feel like blogging.  Guess what… I haven’t had a martini yet today.  Let me share one of my old friends with you.  Gentleman Gerry Cooney, the number one heavy weight champion a few years back. He’s not only one of the sweetest men God put on this Earth, but his love of his fellow man and especially children is amazing.  He’s dedicated himself to YCS which is an organization that takes care of the children that have been neglected by everybody.  They’re success rate is totally astounding.   Great people going great work, and making great children into great men and women.  It’s truly a beautiful thing.  If we all lived our lives that way, this truly would be a paradise.

Each day YCS cares for approximately 1,500 children, by providing either residential care or in-community and in-home services. Some of the children are separated from their loved ones and have been affected by trauma, others are unable to live at home because of intellectual and developmental disabilities that adversely affect their behavior. Whatever the child’s special education, mental health or behavioral health needs, the caring YCS staff is prepared to offer individualized services to both the child and family. With your support, we can help our children find hope, and cultivate strength and resilience for a brighter future.

http://www.ycs.org/

 

©JoeDiMaggio

©JoeDiMaggio

Cooney and Kalish, getting ready to rumble.