Aly Raisman to be Honored by New York City Charity

The local Olympian will be honored at the annual Thurman Munson Awards dinner.

A New York philanthropic organization is taking Aly Raisman to dinner -- The 33rd annual Thurman Munson Awards dinner on February 5. 

The AHRC New York City foundation hosts the annual dinner, for which tickets start at $1,000. The awards honor Olympic and professional athletes for their contributions to the community, according to the event invitation

Other honorees for this year's dinner include Jerry Lewin, Hyatt Hotels Sr. Vice President of Operations, and New York Yankees pitchers CC Sabathia and David Phelps. Of the honorees, Raisman is the sole woman.

The dinner is held on Feb. 5, at the Grand Hyatt in New York. 

Raisman, who got her gymnastics start in Newton, is a life long Needham resident and a graduate of Needham High School. She won two gold medals and a bronze medal in the women's gymnastics competitions at the 2012 Olympics in London.

AHRC NYC is an organization that raises funds for developmental disabilities and related causes in New York, and writes grants to meet some needs. According to their About Us page, they also run two summer camps and support a middle school.

The dinner is named for New York Yankees catcher and captain, Thurman Munson. According to a post on New York Sports Day, past 'Thurmans' include Yogi Berra, Muhammed Ali and Patrick Ewing

See the full list of honorees on the AHRC NYC website. 

See the full NY Sports Day story on their website.

Picking up a gold medal in Gymnastics, the team captain was given a welcome home worthy of an Olympian after the London 2012 Olympics, complete with parade and an Aly Rally. She is using her celebrity for a cause, as well: Letting kids know it's OK to say 'no' to booze. 

Raisman was also named . After a Video of Aly Raisman's Parents went viral over the summer, her mother was named to Time's The Year 15 Minutes of Fame, a part of their Person of the Year segment, coming in at number 7. 


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