Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) honored legendary New York Mets pitcher and Emmy Award-winning baseball analyst Ron Darling with the 2016 RMHC Community Leadership Award last Friday at the Time Warner Center in Manhattan. The award recognized the former All-Star’s commitment to diabetes research and helping those in need in local communities.
“It’s truly a privilege and an honor to be recognized for my charitable work,” said Darling, who founded the Ron Darling Foundation in 2009 and contributes to local organizations including the Diabetes Research Institute, Habitat for Humanity and NYPD Foundation. “As someone who believes in the power of paying it forward, I hope this award will help inspire others –especially young people—to give back to their communities and try to make a difference.”
“Mr. Darling is not only a champion in the world of baseball, but also in the community,” stated Christopher Perry, Executive Director of RMHC-NYSTA. “His dedication to serving others embodies the spirit of this award as well as the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities.”
During his acceptance speech, the 1986 World Series Champion shared his own personal experience with RMHC; having stayed at a Ronald McDonald House with his family after his eldest son was born eight weeks premature and hospitalized.
Hosted by NBC 4 News reporter Michael George, Friday’s awards ceremony also celebrated the 15th anniversary of the RMHC/ASIA (Asian Students Increasing Achievement) Scholarship Program, which has provided over $1.5 million to local high school students in financial need since 2001.
Click here to see SNY’s coverage of the awards presentation.