GRAND CENTRAL OYSTER BAR CELEBRATES 95th BIRTHDAY WITH BENEFIT FOR JOE GIRARDI’S CATCH 25 FOUNDATION/ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH ON NOV. 19
Executive chef Sandy Ingber and General Manager Jonathan Young hosted a celebration of the famed Grand Central Oyster Bar’s 95th Birthday with a sold-out benefit for Yankees manager Joe Girardi’s Catch 25 Foundation and Alzheimer’s Research on November 19.
The Yankees skipper and Ingber joined YES Network Yankees voice/1050 ESPN Radio host Michael Kay, CBS Sports voice Jim Nantz, Cirillo World president John Cirillo and James J. Houlihan, partner Houlihan-Parnes/iCap Realty Advisors as dinner co-chairman to give a big assist to Alzheimer’s Research. All six honorees has had a parent or in-law afflicted with Alzheimer’s.
The Yankees organization was well represented in the jam-packed, 240-person crowd at the famed restaurant founded in 1913 in support of their skipper, including chief operating officer Lon Trost, vice chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal and minority owner, Broadway producer Jimmy Nederlander. They were joined by the Alzheimer’s Association’s New York City chapter president Lou-Ellen Barkan, Frasier sitcom star actor David Hyde Pierce, a pair of ex-Yankees now with the YES Network – David Cone and John Flaherty – and former Brooklyn Dodgers great and Ralph Branca.
Through Joe Giardi’s Catch 25 Foundation, three important charities benefited from the event: The New York City Chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association, as well as the Central Illinois Chapter, based in Peoria; and Alzheimer’s Research at the Texas Medical Center’s Neurological Institute.
Houlihan received the Catch 25 Champion Award from Girardi’s
Foundation for his tireless efforts as co-chair (he was responsible for half the table sales); Girardi received the inaugural Jerry Girardi Award, which honors his father who is ailing with Alzheimer’s; Nantz was honored with the Jim Nantz, Sr. Tribute Award which remembers his late father; Kay and his sister Debbie LoBue received the Rose Kay Tribute Award in memory of their mother; Cirillo, his wife Fran and her brother John Pasheluk accepted the Joan Pasheluk Tribute Award in memory of their mother, who passed from Alzheimer’s; and Ingber was joined by his wife Susan to receive the Ruth Friedman Tribute Award in memory of Susan’s mother.
Chef Sandy’s spectacular dinner menu included: Mini Lobster Rolls; Fried Calamari with Spicy Tomato Sauce; Linguini with Rock Shrimp and Hazelnuts; Broiled New Bedford Lemon Sole Filet with Lemons, Capote Capers and Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Grilled & Sliced Top Sirloin with Wild Mushroom Demi; Vegetable Medley & Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes.