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David Cone to be honored by friends at Connecticut Sports Foundation Celebrity Dinner

25 October 2006

OLD SAYBROOK, Connecticut -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer (CSFAC) has planned a special program for its 20th Annual Celebrity Dinner and Memorabilia Auction, which will be held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Friday, February 9, 2007.

The 18-year Major League career of former New York Yankee pitcher David Cone, which included five all-star appearances, a perfect game, a Cy Young Award, and four World Series championships, will be celebrated in a star-studded evening of toasting and roasting. The evening will be hosted by sports radio personality Mike Francesa, of Mike & the Mad Dog, who will be airing his WFAN radio show from the casino that day.

The Annual Celebrity Dinner and Memorabilia Auction, which is the largest fundraiser of the year for CSFAC, begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and sports memorabilia silent auction. The reception will be followed by dinner with the nearly 20 celebrities in the Uncas Ballroom and the Cone tribute.

The CSFAC was founded in 1987 by former Major League and Yankee catcher and first baseman John Ellis, a New London native, for the purpose of assisting cancer patients and their families and providing donations to area hospitals for cancer research. Ellis established the Foundation because he and his family have been touched by cancer. He lost a brother and sister to cancer before either reached 40 years of age. In 1986, Ellis himself was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease (cancer of the lymph system).

Funds raised by the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, go directly to an endowment. The dividends from the endowment are provided to Connecticut families affected by cancer and in need of financial assistance. To find out more about the Annual Celebrity Dinner and Memorabilia Auction, contact the Foundation's website at www.sportsfoundation.org or call the Foundation's main office at (860) 388-0788.

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