About 100 guests were treated to the premiere tour of Steiner Sports 45,000-square-foot memorabilia warehouse in New Rochelle recently at a special “Dream Big!” event, which was sponsored by the Junior Board of Family Services of Westchester (FSW) and raised $10,000. Brandon Steiner, of Scarsdale, was eager to host this first-of-a-kind event to benefit youth served by FSW since he is a Board member for the organization and has personally raised $500,000 to help renovate FSW’s two youth residences in White Plains.
“Family Services of Westchester is not a big charity but it does big things,” Steiner told the crowd. He pointed out the importance of giving back locally to your own community so you can help improve the lives of your neighbors. Leslie Chang, another Scarsdale resident and Chair of FSW’s Junior Board, also underscored the need to give of your time and donations to your local community. “It’s been so rewarding for all of us in the Junior Board to finance a trip to Washington DC for emotionally troubled teens and for helping a group of younger children see the ocean for the first time,” said Chang. “These are not just field trips but life-changing events for these kids.”
Founded in 2011, the Junior Board of FSW is comprised of community minded and philanthropic young professionals. To date, the Junior Board has raised more than $27,000 to benefit the children and youth in FSW programs and has distributed about $8,000 in grants to FSW’s programs.
The presence of several special guests was another highlight of the evening. Two players from New Rochelle High School’s famed football team, which recently won the NY Class AA State Championship at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome, were on hand. Quarterback Khalil Edney and senior Joe Clarke were joined by their winning coach, Lou DiRienzo.
“Coach D is a legend,” said Steiner. “What he has done with New Rochelle High School’s football program is remarkable.” Under Coach DiRienzo, the team has made it to the state playoff game five times since 2000 and has won the title twice.
Chris Chambliss, whose walk-off home run sent the NY Yankees to the World Series in 1976, was also at the event signing baseballs for the guests. “Brandon and I go way back,” said Chambliss. “It’s great that he gives back so much to the community.”
Brandon Steiner was raised on the streets of Brooklyn and faced many challenges on the way to becoming the founder of a multimillion dollar sports and marketing empire. As a child who benefitted from programs like those offered by FSW, Brandon is passionate about giving to children in need. He serves on the Board of Directors of FSW and is an active philanthropist in the community. He recently published his second book, You Gotta Have Balls, which chronicles his long career and the business lessons he has learned along the way.
Guests at the “Dream Big!” event were able to see Steiner’s stadium seats from the old Yankee stadium, lockers of VIP athletes from Giants Stadium, and memorabilia signed by some of the most famous athletes in the world.
Posto 22 in New Rochelle provided the catering for the event, and StilltheOne Distillery in Port Chester donated its honey-based liquor, COMB spirits, for the evening.
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