25th annual An Aficionado Experience with Former NY Yankee David Cone
Five time World Series champion and five time All-Star pitcher David Cone will be the special sports celebrity guest at the 25th annual An Aficionado Experience, a fundraiser for the Center for Disability Services Foundation, Inc., on Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m, at Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Road, Albany. It is the silver anniversary of the signature fundraiser for the Center and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the perfect game Cone pitched for the Yankees against the Expos on July 18, 1999. At An Aficionado Experience, Cone will sign autographs for VIP sponsors and will mingle with fans during the event. The evening of fine food, beverages and mingling is presented by Northwestern Mutual and also features live and silent auctions.
Cone, who is currently a color commentator for the Yankees on the YES Network, had a 17 year career in Major League Baseball and played for five teams. A right handed pitcher who batted left, he played on five World Series championship teams. On July 18, 1999, Cone pitched the sixteenth perfect game in baseball history. He was also recipient of the American League Cy Young Award and was an MLB wins leader and a two time MLB strikeout leader.
Previous sports guests at this fundraiser include Nick Swisher (2018), Bernie Williams (2017), Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez (2016), Tommy John (2015), Dwight “Doc” Gooden (2014), Sparky Lyle (2013), Lou Piniella (2012), Rick Cerone (2011), Roy White and Mickey Rivers (2010), Bucky Dent (2009) and Goose Gossage (HOF--2008).
The Center has a long alliance with the New York Yankees going back to the 1970’s. Past and present Yankees who have participated in Center fundraising events include: Gaylord Perry, (the late) Ryne Duren, Rusty Torres, Frank Tepedino, Goose Gossage, Jorge Posada, Joe Girardi, Bubba Crosby, Scott Proctor, Shelley Duncan, Brian Bruney, Bucky Dent, Brett Gardner, Ron Guidry, Roy White, Mickey Rivers, Rick Cerone, David Robertson, Lou Piniella, Joba Chamberlain, Willie Randolph, Cody Eppley, Sparky Lyle, Chris Chambliss, Dwight Gooden, Shawn Kelley, Graig Nettles, Adam Warren,, Didi Gregorius, Tommy John, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, Luis Severino, Bernie Williams, Aaron Boone, Nick Swisher and Chad Green.
Tickets are $175 per person, $325 per couple or $1600 for a block of ten tickets. To receive an invitation or to make reservations call 518-944-2107