You are cordially invited to the annual charitable banquet of the New York Latter-day Saint Professional Association (NYLDSPA*), a non-profit organization sponsored by -- but not limited to -- local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the BYU Management Society.* Please join us as we present the Visionary Leadership Award and hear from this year's special guests!
Former Yankees Pitcher, 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee and Founder of the Mariano Rivera Foundation
Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Dinner and Program: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Register here by February 24, 2020. (Seating is limited and this event requires all attendees to register and prepay for the event before the registration deadline. Unfortunately, we will not be able to take payment at the door.)
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*The NYLDSPA exists to unite professionals of integrity from a wide variety of backgrounds, and to provide needs-based scholarships for New York area youth.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Mariano Rivera Foundation
Elder D. Todd Christofferson was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2008. At the time of his call, he was serving in the Presidency of the Seventy.
During his tenure in the Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Christofferson had supervisory responsibility for the North America West, Northwest, and Southeast Areas of the Church. He also served as Executive Director of the Family and Church History Department. Earlier, he was president of the Mexico South Area of the Church, resident in Mexico City.
Prior to his call to serve as a full-time General Authority of the Church, Elder Christofferson was associate general counsel of NationsBank Corporation (now Bank of America) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously, he was senior vice president and general counsel for Commerce Union Bank of Tennessee in Nashville where he was also active in community affairs and interfaith organizations. From 1975 to 1980, Elder Christofferson practiced law in Washington, D.C., after serving as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica during the trials and other proceedings known as “Watergate” (1972-74).
Born in American Fork, Utah, he graduated from high school in New Jersey, earned his bachelor¹s degree from Brigham Young University, where he was an Edwin S. Hinckley Scholar, and his law degree from Duke University.
Among other callings, he has served the Church as a Regional Representative, stake president, and bishop. As a young man, he served as a missionary in Argentina.
Elder Christofferson and his wife, Katherine Jacob Christofferson, are parents of five children.
Mariano Rivera was born in Panama City, Panama, on November 29, 1969. As a young man, Rivera played soccer and baseball with his friends on the beach during low tide. Without the means to buy baseball equipment, for games, they substituted cardboard milk cartons for gloves, tree branches for bats, and fashioned balls by taping worn-out baseballs and wads of shredded fishing nets. Rivera used this makeshift equipment until his father bought him his first leather glove when he was 12 years old. Mariano married his childhood sweetheart, Clara Diaz. The Rivera’s were blessed with three sons, Mariano, Jafet and Jaziel.
Rivera was signed by the Yankees organization in Panama in 1990 and debuted in the major leagues in 1995. Initially a starting pitcher, he was converted to a relief pitcher late in his rookie year. After a breakthrough season in 1996 as a setup man, he became the Yankees’ closer in 1997. In the following seasons, he established himself as one of baseball’s top relievers, leading the major leagues in saves in 1999, 2001, and 2004. He was a key contributor to the Yankees’ success in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. An accomplished postseason performer, he is regarded within baseball as one of the most dominant relievers in major league history. His accomplishments are many. Among them, he was named the 1999 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the 2003 AL Championship Series MVP, and he holds several postseason records. He is considered to be a strong candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame once he is eligible.
Rivera has been involved in philanthropic causes and plans to dedicate his retirement years to helping others.