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Champions of Youth Breakfast

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This exciting Breakfast Kickoff of the BGCS 2014 Annual Appeal will be held at Chelsea Piers CT.  Our guest of honor and guest speaker is Cal Ripken Jr.
Seating is Limited and Reservations are required.  Email or Call TODAY to reserve a seat.  Contact Chris Larsen at or 203-324-0594
$1,000 VIP Ticket (limited availability)
Must be purchased and approved prior to event
Includes Meet & Greet with Cal at 7:30am prior to event
General Admission Ticket $195- purchased on 
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Guest of Board Member
Donation to the BGCS 2014 Annual Appeal will be requested at the event
Cal Ripken Jr. - Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 with the third highest voting percentage in history, Cal Ripken, Jr. is baseball's all-time Iron Man.  Now Cal is using the platform that baseball has provided him to help grow the game he loves worldwide.  As owner of Ripken Baseball, he has two minor league clubs and two world-class youth baseball facilities.  In 2001, Cal and Bill Ripken established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, in memory of their father.  Cal resides in Maryland with his wife, Kelly, and his two children, Rachel and Ryan.

2013 Champions of Youth Breakfast

Boys & Girls Club of Stamford Honors Mark Lazarus, NBC Sports Chairman, at Chelsea Piers CT Breakfast

Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports, was presented The 2013 Boys & Girls Club of Stamford’s Champion of Youth Award at Chelsea Piers CT on Thursday, October 31st.  Over 250 Fairfield County executives and community leaders attended the Club’s Breakfast of Champions honoring Lazarus and featuring speaker Dan Hicks, NBC sports commentator. This Kick Off event of the 2013 Boys & Girls Club of Stamford’s Annual Appeal raised $80,000 which will be applied to the Club’s annual appeal goal of $190,000. 

Bobby Valentine was the Breakfast emcee.  David Tewskbury, Chelsea Piers CT, welcomed all guests to the new Stamford sports facility celebrating its first year. Eurest Dining Services, under the direction of CEO and BGCS board member Michael Svagdis, provided a delicious gourmet breakfast for all guests.  GE, Presenting Sponsor, kicked off the program with Dmitri Stockton, President and CEO of GE Asset Management, and GEAM executives Dudley Williams and Don Torey.

Event honoree Lazarus was named Chairman, NBC Sports Group, on May 19, 2011.  Lazarus was integral in NBC Universal’s recent acquisition of media rights to four Olympic Games (2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020), its new nine-year NFL agreement and its recent 10-year agreement with the NHL. Under Lazarus’ leadership, Sunday Night Football was the most-watched and highest-rated primetime show for the second television season in a row; Super Bowl XLVI between the Giants and the Patriots became the most-watched program in U.S. television history; and the 2012 London Olympic Games was the most-watched event in U.S. television history, with more than 217 million viewers.  A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Lazarus is on the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Guest speaker, NBC sportscaster Dan Hicks, is in his 13th season as host of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning golf coverage, and recently joined NBC Sports’ play-by-play coverage of Notre Dame Football. Hicks has called a wide variety of sports, ranging from Olympic speed skating and swimming to NFL games. He resides in Greenwich with his wife Hannah Storm and their three daughters.

Bob Hartt, BGCS Annual Appeal Chairman thanked all who attended this most successful second year event which raised 30% more than last year.  Steve Elbaum, Breakfast Chair, congratulated the Board of Directors who served as Table Captains and encouraged all guests and the public to attend one of the Club’s Annual Tours at 4:00 pm on Nov 13, Nov 18 or Dec 4 by contacting Chris Larsen at The Boys and Girls Club of Stamford at clarsen@bgcastamford.orgor at (203) 324-0594.

2013 Event Photos
 Bobby Valentine with Dan Hicks and Mark Lazarus of NBC Sports

Board Member and Annual Appeal Chair Bob Hartt 
Board Member Gary Purpura with table captain Red O'Leary.                                                                                                                                            
 Dmitri Stockton, CEO and President of GE Asset Management
                                                                        Table Captain Bob Hagan, Bankwell with his guests

2012 Event Photos

Bobby Valentine, Mayor Pavia, Michael Cotela, Vinny Kiernan