Bernie Williams’ team won, 21-6! That won’t surprise fans of the former Yankees star, but it should be welcome news for sufferers of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: The friendly softball game and evening concert played by Williams and his All-Star Band at Ciuccoli Field and The Ridgefield Playhouse Saturday, July 29, in Ridgefield, Conn., was held to raise awareness about IPF, a respiratory illness.
The game also raised funds for the Playhouse’s “Arts for Everyone” initiative in a daylong event sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, a pharmaceutical company that creates treatments for IPF. The match between Team Williams – including former Yankees Mariano Rivera, David Cone, Carlos Pena and Bobby Valentine, with members of the MLB Network and ballplayers from the Danbury (Conn.) Westerners – and Team Ridgefield Playhouse represented the opening pitch on a day of benefit activities that included a concert by Williams and his All-Star Band, a silent auction of signed memorabilia, an original piece of artwork of Bernie Williams painted live in the lobby throughout the show, an art show and other special events. The concert, a Moffly Media Evening of Art Wine and Jazz, was also supported by the Donofrio Family, Gallo Restaurant and Tiger’s Den.