Jockeys Ramon Dominguez and Maylan Studart
will be among the Metro-New York athletes participating
on the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) 2012 Muscle Team for the 15th
Annual Muscle Team Gala & Benefit Auction scheduled for Tuesday, January 3
at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.
Photo: Rita Turfe
The Auction is a high-profile reception and fundraiser, offering guests
the opportunity to mix and mingle with their favorite Metro-New York athletes. The annual event gathers
top local athletes who have chosen to put their muscle behind the search to
find a cure for neuromuscular diseases.
Dominguez, the 2010 Eclipse award winner as the nation’s most
outstanding jockey, will be participating on the Muscle Team for the second time,
while Studart is making her fourth appearance.
“The Muscle Team Gala & Benefit Auction is an incredibly important
fundraising event,” said Dominguez, who has led the country in purses
earned two consecutive years. “I am excited to come together with so many
other New York-area athletes and bring awareness to a great cause.”
In addition to Dominguez and Studart, the 2011 Muscle Team includes Giants
Mathias Kiwanuka, Ramses Barden, Steve Weatherford, Michael Boley, Hakeem
Nicks, Chris Snee, Da’Rel S Cott, Lawrence Tynes, and Clint Sintim, Jets
LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene, Jamaal Westerman, and Bryan Thomas, Knick
Toney Douglas, Net Anthony Morrow, and Red Bulls Matt Kassel and Stephen Keel.
Each member of the 2012 Muscle Team® will be paired with their MDA
Buddy -- a child from the Metro-New
York area who is affected by a neuromuscular disease.
“We are excited to be celebrating the 15th Annual Muscle Team®
Gala & Benefit Auction,” said Kaylan Scagliola, Director of Business
Development, MDA. “The athletes comprising the 2012 Muscle Team® will be
more exciting than ever!”
With the help of Metro-New
York athletes putting their muscle behind the search
for a cure over the past 14 years, MDA’s Muscle Team® has raised almost
$11 million. MDA's Muscle Team® is expected to exceed the $12 million mark this
year as the 2012 Muscle Team® Gala & Benefit Auction is expected to raise
more than $1 million for those affected by a neuromuscular disease. All of the
monies raised will fund MDA's research and program services here in Metro-New York.
For tickets to the 2012 Muscle Team® Gala & Benefit Auction or
information about MDA’s services, please call Crissy Hathaway at: (212)
682-5272 or visit www.nymuscleteam.org.