Director Teddy Atlas Jr., a boxing guru turned philanthropist, fulfills his father’s year-round mission. Next stop: Charity Golf Outing on September 20.
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Legendary Professional Boxing Hall of Famer Teddy Atlas Jr., the Staten Island native who founded the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation to honor his father, continues to carry out the mission of the organization to meet the needs of the poor, the sick, needy children and the elderly.
The foundation, which also provides financial and emotional support to those in need, was founded in 1997 by boxing trainer and ESPN commentator in the spirit of Dr Atlas, which provided free medical services to those who could not not afford care – and made house calls as a means of giving personal attention to patients – until the age of 80.
Mention the name Teddy Atlas Jr. and think of the foundation’s popular “Teddy Dinner,” the foundation’s main fundraiser, a star-studded party held the Thursday before Thanksgiving at the Hilton Garden Inn.
There, nearly 1,000 fans rub shoulders with celebrities and sports icons like boxing champion Evander Holyfield, actor Tony Danza, comedian Tracy Morgan, Knicks legend John Starks, boxer Gerry Cooney, and commentators athletes Ariel Helwani, Ed Randall, Sid Rosenberg and Russ. Salzberg.
Honoring Atlas’ father through the work of the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation, the “Teddy Dinner” is the foundation’s largest source of giving which has raised millions of dollars since its inception and provides financial support and emotional to individuals and organizations in need.
Atlas, Director of the Foundation, says all the fundraisers held throughout the year are a great way for the right people to connect and relax and enjoy a great meal provided by local restaurants. and some adult drinks and maybe even a good cigar. But the event is much more than that.
“We’re also raising funds in my dad’s name to distribute to good people in a bad situation, people who are really in need,” Atlas said. “We care for those who are suffering and who fall through the tattered safety net of bureaucracy and traditional charities. We care for those neighbors who have had terrible luck or sudden tragedy, especially children and the elderly who have nowhere to turn.
NEXT GOLF OUTING
On Tuesday, September 20, the 18th Annual Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation Golf Outing will take place at the South Shore Golf Course at Grand Oaks Country Club in Huguenot.
On tap will be opportunities to win a lease of a vehicle for anyone who gets a hole-in-one.
Sports celebrities will be on hand and a sports memorabilia dinner and auction will take place after the outing.
it’s not too early to book.
For more information contact Sean R. Kelly, Paul Quatrocchi, Joe Fama, Mike Mauro or the foundation office at 347 232-3835, 646 654-4681, 718 727-9572, 347 288-5609 or 718 980- 7037.
“We do fundraisers, bowling events at Rab’s Country Lanes, and we’ve been doing that for 25 years,” said Atlas, who added that his father was a guy to be remembered. “We do what he did to help people – without them losing their pride and dignity. And we do it right away and legitimately.
“They need it now right away. So we do it quickly and make sure it’s real,” he notes. “It’s a combination of us being told about a situation by a neighbor or a friend or a nurse in a hospital or by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Cancer Society or The March of Dimes.”
Atlas says it could be a wheelchair for someone in need, medicine because insurance refuses to pay.
“It’s for people for a good quality of life,” he explained. “We hope that the research progresses, so that we can put the key under the door. This may include paying for a family to fly out of state for a better treatment program. We get a lot of referrals. We have a lot of people coming to us—for 25 years, 24/7—and also social programs. It’s for a family earning less than $35,000 a year. There are real problems related to poverty.
“I tell children that they can control their behavior on a day-to-day basis. I tell them that they have the ability to control this. I tell them that starting today, if they start today until at the end of the semester – if they start caring, their life is going to change. And I tell them that I want you to care about who you are.
He adds that if they improve, his foundation will deposit 200 tickets for a Yankees and Mets game and for the Liberty Science Center.
“I leave the tickets to the directors and guidance counsellors. Children who respect themselves and improve themselves get the tickets. The most important thing in their life is how they feel about themselves and how confident they are. It’s about starting to take control. This is how they behave on a daily basis. If they do, their grades will improve,” he continues.
He tells them to start behaving better and to take responsibility for who they are every day.
“We distribute Christmas gifts to these schools and we bring Santa with us,” Atlas said. “We were in the Stapleton area and I remember we started with the kindergarten class. This little girl asked me if she could open her present which turned out to be a pair of Cinderella shoes. She said: ‘My mum was wrong. My mom said Santa Claus wouldn’t come this year.
At Thanksgiving, the foundation distributes 1,500 turkeys.
“We bring them to the right places, schools, shelters and churches,” Atlas noted, because he wants every family to have what the others have. “We make sure to give turkeys to the families who need the most help. It’s not really the food part. For me, the most important part of this is making a family that is having problems feel like a family. And maybe that makes a difference. And this could be a turning point in his life.
Those interested in learning more about the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation or those wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting, www.fondationdratlas.com