Recap: 35th Annual Game and Family Day

On June 5, 2019, the New York Police & Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund welcomed almost one thousand families and community members to Citi Field for its 35th Annual Game and Family Day. Guests enjoyed balloons, cotton candy, games, food, and more in Bullpen Plaza before cheering on the Mets against the San Francisco Giants. All who were in attendance shared a common dedication to first responders and their families.

To kick off the night, a pre-game reception was held in the Bullpen Plaza, where guests had their pick of food, snacks, beverages, and activities. Families had a blast taking pictures in the photo booth, getting custom balloons, and meeting Mr. Met, Hot Dog (the FDNY’s safety mascot), and McGruff the Crime Dog (of the NYPD). Families also had the opportunity to meet and receive autographs from Mets players!

Besides the activities and food, families were given raffle tickets that could be used to win anything from a free stay at the W Hotel Downtown in New York to a bundle of the most popular children’s books. In the first inning, winners received a text and went to Bullpen Plaza to claim their prizes.

Among the families and community members in attendance, New York City Police Commissioner, James P. O’Neill and New York City Fire Commissioner, Daniel A. Nigro, came out to show their support for the cause. Before the start of the game, a few family members of fallen NY police officers and firefighters came onto the field to throw out first pitches. Isabella Tolley, daughter of firefighter William Tolley, Joseph Graffagnino, son of firefighter Joseph Graffagnino, and Connor Cox, grandson of police officer Robert Cox, delivered impressive first pitches and took photos on the field.

Following the first pitches, the Spirit Award was given to Tarte. Staff presented Tarte representatives with the award for assisting Answer the Call in furthering its mission. We thank them for their dedication!

The night ended with a 7-0 Mets win and very satisfied guests. Special thanks to the NY Mets, Citi Field, and Aramark staff, as well as the New York Police & Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund’s Board, Junior Committee, and volunteers. We want to especially thank the event sponsors and in-kind sponsors below for making this event possible. See you next year!


Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

Ally Bank

Hotels for Hope

Maverick Foundation


Grand Slam Sponsors:

Chevrolet of Jersey City

Beth & Stephen J. Dannhauser

Geller & Co

Mary Ellen & Kevin Gilgan


Out of the Park Sponsors:

Patricia & Kyle Cruz

Angelique & William F. Dawson

Hyundai Motor America


Home Run Sponsors:

Catherine & Michael Aiello

Greg Barbaccia

Faeth & Bill Begley

Katherine & John Doyle

Cynthia & Larry Fields

Lynn & Gerry Flynn

Lauren & John Keogh

Cynthia & Stephen Ketchum

Dana & Robert Lewin

Beth & Philip Moyles

Linda & Ed Munshower

Joan & John Neary

Laurie & Larry Schloss

Kristen & Andy Shapiro

Jennifer & Ed Skyler

Carrie Reilly & Michael Walsh

Marc Rosenbaum

Steve Stuart

Ciara & Andrew Trickett

Howard & Tova Weiser

Kirsten & Peter Zaffino


Thank you to our In-Kind sponsors:

3 Click Photo Booth

Aardvark Amusements

Angelica Criscuolo Photography

Beatriz Ceballos Photography

Ray Paltooram Photography

Rob Weisstuch Photography

Three Amigos Balloons

Time Moving & Storage

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