Life always seems to have a way of proving that working together is the best and sometimes only way to accomplish a greater good. On Monday evening, the grand re-opening of The Clubhouse Grill in downtown New Rochelle—the restaurant was formerly Mo’s New York Grill—served as a backdrop for a charity dinner hosted by Brandon Steiner to raise money for Family Services of Westchester’s Evelyn Sachs Steiner Home for Girls.
About 200 guests attended the $500-a-plate dinner that included an open bar, special auction of sports memorabilia and a chance to rub shoulders with many New York sports legends, such as Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Dwight Gooden, Dave Winfield and, of course, Yankee closer Mariano Rivera.
Other New York sports legends that attended the event included former New York Knicks Anthony Mason and John Starks, as well as former New York Rangers Adam Graves, Brian Leetch and Mike Richter.
Long lines of people outside of The Clubhouse Grill waited eagerly to see their favorite sports heroes and try and snatch an autograph or two.
Leon Daniels of the Bronx came up to the restaurant with a piece of an old Yankee Stadium seat, hoping to get it signed. “I feel like a kid whenever I do stuff like this,” Daniels proclaimed.
Meanwhile inside the restaurant, Brandon Steiner was grinning ear to ear all evening as guests were bidding generously on once-in-a-lifetime auction items such as a lunch with Reggie Jackson and Mariano Rivera as well as Yankee seats directly behind the dugout.
“I’m very pleased with the turnout and grateful that we will raise money for such a worthy cause,” remarked Steiner.
On top of the major auction items, there was a silent auction as well with items ranging from autographed baseballs to large picture memorabilia. By 10 p.m., the event had raised over $162,000 for FSW.
The Family Services of Westchester Boys and Girls Residences serve as a safe haven for adolescents ages 13 to 21 who have experienced some type of emotional or physical trauma, abuse, chronic neglect or loss.
FSW runs more than 50 mental health and social service programs that benefit more than 30,000 people every year and they have been serving the county since 1954.
The Boys Residence began its massive renovation back in 2006, which included paving of the driveway, refurbishing bedrooms and remodeling bathrooms.
Now completed, the focus has shifted to upgrading the Girls Residence where a remodeling of the kitchen is underway, along with replacing the roof and siding, adding new furniture to all of the bedrooms and landscaping work in the front and rear of the house.
The restoration of the Girls Residence, which was renamed in honor of Steiner’s mother, is expected to cost more than $275,000 and will be completed by September.
Steiner Sports is known around the world and is the largest company of its kind with over 10,000 items in their extensive inventory of sports treasures and have always had close ties with the Yankee closer’s restaurant.
The name "Clubhouse Grill" and new management have replaced Mo’s New York Grill along with a different menu from before that will center more around tavern fare such as sandwiches and burgers.
The restaurant will be having its official re-opening later this week so check back with Patch for details.