In a moment those present will never forget, late-night icon Jay Leno arrived at the 2006 Teammates Appreciation Party and drove on stage on his motorcycle, in the middle of the celebrity auction that raises money for the foundation. With typical wit and charm, Leno took over the auction proceedings and led the charge in raising over $ 1.5 million for the kids, earning a standing ovation from the surprised and delighted crowd. The highlight item from the auction was a 1956 vintage Dodge laden with Yankees memorabilia, to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the still-unbroken record World Series game of No Hits, No Walks, No errors, with baseball greats Yogi Berra, Joe Garagiola and perfect pitcher Don Larsen, who played that game, on hand to reenact the famous pitch.
One of the special kids Leno met that evening was 2-year-old Nathaniel Herman (link to his story), who was diagnosed at birth with Treacher-Collins Syndrome. Through the efforts of the Institute for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (IRPS) at NYU Medical Center, and the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction (NFFR), an organization that has received financial support from Teammates, Nathaniel is facing a brighter future, without many of the ill effects from his condition.