|MLBPA/MLB News Release|
NEW YORK -- If you share skills with Eric Dittelman, then you won't have to read any further, because you would already know that the mind reader will display his mind-blowing talent for guests and golfers attending the Players Trust's Superstorm Sandy benefit golf tournament on Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, Long Island, on Wednesday, July 17.
Dittelman, a semifinalist on "America's Got Talent" and guest on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" who reads minds at colleges, comedy clubs and private events across the country, will perform his unique and amazing mind-reading and stand-up comedy act during the Trust's post-golf tournament dinner at Carlyle on the Green, located adjacent to the famed Black course.
Whether playing a round of Pictionary with his eyes taped shut or revealing a dinner guest's personal thoughts from his or her mind, Trust supporters are in for an experience they'll never forget.
The Players Trust is making a limited number of dinner-only tickets available to the general public for individuals not able to golf on the July 17. Proceeds benefit charitable organizations supporting Superstorm Sandy recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Individual and foursome golf slots are still available. Golfers will enjoy a memorable day on Bethpage Black, one of the world's most famous courses, when they join more than 20 current and former Major Leaguers including event co-hosts Ike Davis of the New York Mets and David Robertson of the New York Yankees, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Bouton, Phil Bradley, Mike Cameron, Frank Catalanotto, Royce Clayton, Jose Cruz Jr., Ron Darling, Ken Griffey Jr., Jeffrey Hammonds, Rick Helling, Al Leiter, Jim Leyritz, Jeff Nelson, Jim Rice, Steve Rogers, Reggie Sanders, Gary Sheffield and Chris Singleton.
The Players Trust All-Star golf tournament enjoys the support of WFAN, SNY and Long Island Business News. WFAN's Mike Francesa will broadcast his show live from the Black course on July 17.
The Players Trust all-star golf tournament is part of the non-profit's disaster-relief programming efforts. In addition to what many players have done individually, Major Leaguers have committed up to $500,000 in aid from the Players Trust to non-profit organizations helping victims of Sandy recover from the destruction. To date, the Players Trust has directly contributed more than $175,000 to various organizations providing needed assistance to storm victims. Among those receiving funds are Red Hook Initiative (Brooklyn); Project Hospitality (Staten Island); Rockaway Reach (Rockaway, N.Y.); NJ 2-1-1 (New Jersey); Pitch In for Baseball and Points of Light's Long Island Recovery Volunteer Center. A separate $100,000 contribution from the Players Trust to New York State's Natural Heritage Trust will go toward the removal of hundreds of downed trees and improvements to damaged turf on public golf courses.
On Nov. 2, 2012, Major Leaguers joined forces with the Commissioner's Office in contributing a combined $1 million to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Feeding America to assist emergency relief efforts in the most devastated areas along the East Coast affected by Sandy. On May 9, the MLBPA and MLB-operated Baseball Tomorrow Fund joined with the New York Mets Foundation to contribute up to $1 million through a relief grant program for youth baseball and softball organizations that were directly affected by the storm.
Since hurricanes struck the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, the Players Trust has contributed more than $3 million in the wake of natural disasters in the U.S., Haiti and Japan, long after the spotlight faded. These funds have been used by non-profit organizations to provide and/or sustain services and aid such as senior housing, mobile medical units and after school programs in the Gulf Coast; improved drinking water, medical supplies, prosthetics and training in Haiti; mobile community cafes, organic agriculture, mental health clinics and volunteer centers in Japan and new homes for families in tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Joplin, Mo.
Golf lineup is as of July 8, 2013, and is subject to change.