Mets Ownership, Manager Mickey Callaway and his coaches and players joined with fans celebrating the start of the 2018 season at the Mets Welcome Home Dinner presented by Alliance Building Services. The event raised almost $800,000 for the Mets Foundation, which funds and promotes a variety of educational, social and athletic programs and other charitable causes.
The Mets honored Joseph J. Esposito, Commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department, with the Ya Gotta Believe! award, for dedicating his life to protecting New Yorkers through his more than 40 years of public service. The fundraising dinner also shined a spotlight on Mets Community Partner, River Fund New York, an anti-poverty organization based in Richmond Hill, Queens.
Guests mingled with Mets players and enjoyed cuisine from Mets culinary partners including Josh Capon, Pat LaFrieda, Dave Pasternack, Michael White and Myriad Restaurant Group.
At the conclusion of the fundraising dinner, guests were treated to a "Victory Lap" around on the field and into the newly redesigned Mets Clubhouse.