by Mary Alice Schiller, CHF Yankees Home Run Club Member
My name is Mary Alice Schiller and I have been a proud CHF donor for 20 years and counting. I’m not a fabulously wealthy philanthropist, nor am I incredibly famous or the CEO of a multinational company; I’m your average full-time worker wanting to give something back to children in need.
I learned about CHF at my first job post-college while listening to local DJ, and then CHF advisory boardmember, Dave Herman who was promoting CHF and Don Mattingly’s Yankees Home Run Club. I was intrigued: Don Mattingly was my favorite Yankee at the time (and in my all-time Top 3) and if he had a club that raised money for needy children, I wanted in. I pledged $1 of my entry-level salary for every home run the Yankees hit in the 1990 season, and promptly signed up the next season and the one after that. When Don Mattingly passed the Home Run Club torch to Bernie Williams (also in my Top 3), I upped my per-homerun donation. Two of my favorite Yankees who I respected on and off the field had chosen to head up this endeavor; and I knew then that I was sticking around for the long haul.