Rockland Independent Living Center to host a “Hot Stove” fundraiser with MLB legends

Monday May 23, at Austin’s Ale House, New City, NY; 6 – 8 PM

 TOTAL METS by David Perry
TOTAL METS by David Ferry

Rockland Independent Living Center (RILC) will host a unique sports fundraiser on Monday, May 23. Called a ‘Hot Stove,’ the event will feature some of baseball’s greats including Former Yankee Catcher and Member of the 1996 and 1999 World Series teams Jim Leyritz, former Mets First Baseman Ed Kranepool and AP Sports Writer, author of Total Mets and Rockland County native David Ferry. The event will be hosted by former RILC Executive Director George Hoehmann, now the Supervisor for the Town of Clarkstown.

Hot Stove refers to the baseball off-season when fans would gather around a pot belly stove at a general store or other local spot during the cold winter months to discuss their favorite baseball teams and players and debate the upcoming season. This event will feature baseball stadium style food, an opportunity to meet and speak with the players, stories from ‘back in the day’ and a chance to take photos with the special guests.

David Ferry, who grew up in Nanuet, has been a sports writer for the AP for 23 years and is the author of Total Mets: The Definitive Encyclopedia of the New York Mets’ First Half-Century. Published in 2012, to coincide with the franchise’s 50th anniversary, Total Mets spans the team’s entire history—from their inception in 1962, through the World Series championships of 1969 and 1986 and includes recaps of every Mets season, statistics and highlights for every game in franchise history. The books will be on sale during the evening and will include autographs from Ferry and Kranepool.

In addition, the evening will feature a silent auction of unique baseball memorabilia. The event would not be possible without the support of Austin’s Ale House, a major sponsor for the event. Austin’s offers weekly live music from local talent as well as a late night menu, a complete takeout menu, kid friendly options, and catering specials. They are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Photos by Phil Costa is also a sponsor for the event and will be on hand to take photographs that evening with the attendees and special guests.

Individuals interested in attending the Hot Stove event can contact Lorraine Greenwell at 845-624-1366. The event is $100 per person or $115 at the door and will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at Austin’s Ale House at 190 South Main Street in New City in the Clarkstown Plaza.

The event will raise funds for Rockland Independent Living Center whose mission is to provide advocacy and leadership in the creation and development of an accessible and integrated community for people with disabilities so that they may pursue lifestyles of their choice. For more information about the services provided by RILC visit or call 845-624-1366.

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