2009-05-06 / Features

Citi Field Autism Awareness Day Set For May 9

BY DAN MILLER

Photos Dan Miller DMD Images (L. to r.): WPIX anchor Jim Watkins and his son, Liam, join Mets Vice President for Business Dave Howard and Gary Dell'Abate, Sirius Radio producer and Howard Stern show sidekick, to announce that the Mets will host Autism Awareness Day at Citi Field on Saturday, May 9. Photos Dan Miller DMD Images (L. to r.): WPIX anchor Jim Watkins and his son, Liam, join Mets Vice President for Business Dave Howard and Gary Dell'Abate, Sirius Radio producer and Howard Stern show sidekick, to announce that the Mets will host Autism Awareness Day at Citi Field on Saturday, May 9. Sirius Radio producer and Howard Stern sidekick Gary Dell'Abate, Mets reliever J.J.Putz and WPIX Anchor Jim Watkins joined New York Mets Vice President for Business Dave Howard to announce that Autism Awareness Day will be held at Citi Field on Saturday, May 9, when the Mets will play the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dell'Abate will throw out the first pitch in recognition of his work and his efforts to raise funds for autism research. The Mets will donate a portion of all ticket sales for that game towards fighting autism to help raise awareness for the disorder that strikes one in every 120 babies born in this country. Watkins' son, Liam, has been diagnosed with autism. Putz has taken over the Mets' fight against autism from Tom Glavin, who has left the team.

Jose Reyes (c.) joined Howard Stern sidekick Gary Dell'Abate and Marion Anderson, executive director of Heartsong, one of eight organizations working with the Mets to co-sponsor Autism Awareness Day on May 9 at Citi Field, at home plate. Jose Reyes (c.) joined Howard Stern sidekick Gary Dell'Abate and Marion Anderson, executive director of Heartsong, one of eight organizations working with the Mets to co-sponsor Autism Awareness Day on May 9 at Citi Field, at home plate. Watkins introduced Marion Anderson, executive director of Heartsong, a not for profit organization that provides afterschool and weekend services for autistic children seven to 18 years of age through music and the arts, attended by his son. "We are part of a consortium of eight organizations that are participating in Autism Awareness Day, all devoted to children with special needs in the Tri-State New York area," Anderson explained. "It is so difficult to raise funds in this economy. We are so grateful to the Mets for helping us to help raise the funds we need for our programs." For more information about Autism Awareness Day at Citi Field on May 9, visit www.heartsong.org.

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