The Testaverde Fund for Spinal Cord Injury, Inc. is proud to have enlisted the support of a wide variety of
prominent individuals from the fields of sports, medicine, business, government, entertainment., and community
Yogi needs no introduction. A Hall of Fame catcher from the New York Yankees from 1946-1963, Yogi boasts 10
World Series rings! His personal meeting with Joe at his Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, on the
campus of Mont Clair State University, was Joe’s first trip after spending weeks in rehabilitation. It was a day Joe
would long remember, as Yogi spent almost 2 hours taking Joe and his family during a personal tour of his
As a former member of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Mr. Dietl is one of the most highly decorated
detectives in the history of the department. He later formed Beau Dietl and Associates, which has grown to be
one of the largest investigation and security firms the world.
Charles Gargano is the Chairman and Commissioner of Empire State Development, an agency of the New York
State Department of Economic Development
All Star gold glove shortstop Bud Harrelson played on the 1969 World Champion Mets as well as their 1973
National League Championship team. Spanning a 29 year career as player, coach and manager in the Mets
organization, Buddy also coached on their 1986 World Series Championship team. He is currently senior vice
president and co-owner of the Long Island Ducks.
Rep Peter King
Representing Joe’s community of Wantagh, Congressman Peter T. King, is serving his sixth term in the U.S.
House of Representatives. Calling Rep. King a “profile in courage”, the Long Island newspaper, Newsday, has
said “King’s outspoken integrity sets him apart... He says and means what he says-a rare trait in Washington.”
Rev. Msgr. Thomas Hartman
Father Tom is known for his popular television show, "God Squad," co-hosted by Rabbi Marc Gellman. A frequent
guest on the “Imus in the Morning” program, Fr. Tom is also the director of Radio and Television at Telecare, the
state of the art television center for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He is also an accomplished author and
Emmy award winner.
Steve Palermo is best known as one of the American League’s best umpires during the 1970s and 80s. Steve
worked some memorable games, including signaling “home run” on the infamous Bucky Dent shot over the Green
Monster in Fenway during the 1978 American League playoff. In 1991, his 15 year career was cut short when,
while coming to the aid of a crime victim, he was shot, and paralyzed. Through hard work, he has managed to
walk again, and serves as an inspiration to millions. Steve and his wife Debby continue to be very active in spinal
cord injury. Steve is now supervisor of umpires for the American League.
Phil “Q” as he is known in the music industry is one of the nicest and most successful people in the entertainment
industry. With a nose for talent and with a 20+ year career in the record industry he has held executive level
positions at a number of labels, including the position of president at Virgin USA and Warner Records. Phil is now
executive VP North America for EMI Music.
The anchor of Fox 5 News and a member of the Fox 5 team since 1986, Rosanna Scotto is a fixture in NYC.
Rosanna started her career with WABC’s Eye Witness News in the 1980s. She also has a number of film titles to
her credit, playing the role of a TV reporter.
One of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, Phil Simms let the NY Giants to two Super Bowl titles. He was named Super
Bowl XXI MVP and had a 15-year NFL career before joining CBS Sports in January, 1998 as lead analyst for
coverage of the NFL on CBS