Third baseman David Wright and the New York Mets today announced a $250,000 donation to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to support hurricane restoration efforts. The announcement was made by Wright and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon during a visit to P.S. 38 on Staten Island, where 80% of the student population was affected by Hurricane Sandy.
New York City Council Member James Oddo (Republican – District 50) brought the Staten Island school to Wright’s attention. Dennis M. Walcott, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, joined Oddo, Wright, and Wilpon at today’s event.
“I love New York and it broke my heart to see the devastation throughout this city,” said Wright. “I admire the thousands of New Yorkers who are courageously working hard to rebuild their homes and communities. The people of this city have supported me for the past nine years and this is just a small way for me to say thanks.”
“We’re proud to join with David to contribute to the Mayor’s Fund and help our great city recover from this devastating storm,” Wilpon said. “Giving back to the community is part of who we are as an organization and we pledge to continue to help the Mayor and the city in the weeks and months ahead.”
“Our City is incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from countless generous individuals and companies that have stepped forward to help New Yorkers whose lives have been turned upside down by Hurricane Sandy,” said New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “David Wright, the Wilpons and the Mets have always shown their solidarity with New York City and their support and generous contribution to the Mayor’s Fund will go a long way towards helping our recovery.”
“As an elected representative for this community and a lifelong Mets fan, I am particularly grateful that Jeff and David will bring smiles to the faces of school kids affected by Sandy, and for remembering their families need our ongoing help and support,” Council Member Oddo said.
“I want to thank David Wright, Jeff Wilpon, and the Mets for their generous donation to help many of our families who have lost so much during the hurricane,” Chancellor Walcott said. “Their support, through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, strengthens our relief efforts.”
The Mets have been actively engaged in helping the local community recover from the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy. Citi Field continues to be utilized as a staging ground for emergency services personnel. Mets players Johan Santana, Dillon Gee, Bobby Parnell, Matt Harvey and Jonathon Niese along with Mets staff have helped distribute hot meals, water, shovels, and cleaning supplies to communities in Coney Island, Breezy Point, Far Rockaway and Long Beach.
The Mayor’s Fund is accepting financial donations from organizations and individuals to support hurricane restoration efforts. One hundred percent of donations are being dispersed to relief efforts and organizations. The City is currently providing essential living supplies via distribution sites - including food, hygiene items, and cleaning materials - and will also support long-term recovery efforts. To donate by mail, make checks payable to Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and send to 253 Broadway, Eighth Floor, New York City, New York 10007 (in memo line: Hurricane Sandy Relief). For any questions or to donate over the phone call 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside New York City).