Thursday, April 30, 2009
One night, Elaine Cancilla went to the Winter Garden Theatre to see "West Side Story" and decided right then and there to become a show dancer.
She landed her first role on Broadway at age 19.
From there, it was on to "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" where she caught the eye of the legendary Bob Fosse.
More Broadway shows followed, including "South Pacific" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."
Fosse tabbed her to serve as the standby for Chita Rivera in the original company of "Chicago" on Broadway, which changed her life.
It was there that she met Jerry Orbach. A year later, they were married.
A couple of years ago, a friend told me she was the real estate broker for Elaine's apartment on Manhattan's West Side. She said Elaine had decided to move after Jerry's death from prostate cancer.
I told her I had to meet Elaine, had to!
We met at a small restaurant five minutes from Lincoln Center. I couldn't believe I was sitting there with her. Within minutes, she accepted my offer to join our Legends for Life Advisory Board to honor her husband, whose smiling face was on an 8-by-10 glossy she brought with her.
That picture of Jerry Orbach became the focal point of a print ad that our Creative Director, Joe Nunziata wrote and Neil Farber of PSP Sports inserted in sports publications across the country.
It was seen by Doug Porter at a Portland State University game in November and that's how we came to be affiliated with the Rotary Clubs of America, members of which are committed to staffing our tables in minor league parks across the land.
In the midtown apartment of Board member Avis and Bruce Richards, Elaine Orbach last year graciously recorded a public service announcement for our minor league prostate cancer awareness and education initiative.
We've learned sadly that Elaine Orbach passed away from pneumonia. She was 69 years old.
Her memory will live on in that PSA that hundreds of thousands will see and hear this season.
Her gift to us--herself and Jerry--will keep on giving for as long as there is an Ed Randall's Bat for the Cure.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
"I think we had a successful night with the Sand Gnats. I must have spoken to over 100 men about prostate awareness. The attitudes of several who were convinced "It would never happen to me," took on a different tone when I gave the literature to their wives! Sometimes a little different approach is called for."
Which is why our fabulous creative team of Joe Nunziata and Neil Romano will target women and children for our national prostate cancer awareness and education campaign.
Hey, Ed, have those guys talk to me!
**Proud to tell you that last night at the Savannah Sand Gnats, the South Atlantic League farm club of the New York Mets, the charity kicked off its 3rd Annual Ed Randall's Bat for the Cure Prostate Cancer Awareness and Education tour of minor league baseball.
Before it's over in September, we will have visited more than 100 cities from coast to coast.
Special thanks to Ed Mattson of the Rotary Clubs of America who drove a long way to supervise our table and team President, R.C. Reuteman, who made sure his fans noticed us.
**This afternoon, the tour continues at the South Bend Silver Hawks, the Midwest League farm club of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Our friend and colleague, Paul Scagliarini and his lovely wife, Mary, in town for meetings on campus, are heading the crew from the Notre Dame Senior Alumni Board, providing supervision.
**The Chicago White Sox informed us Friday they would like to partner with the charity to provide a prostate cancer screening, much like last week's at the Bulls, on June 10th before their game against Detroit. Details to follow the necessary approvals
**On their morning drive show yesterday on WFAN-Radio in New York, Boomer Esaison said "Eddie Randall" needs to go over to Citi Field and give Mets Owner Fred Wilpon a history lesson about baseball. The Mets have taken much criticism about the lack of visible historical references at their new park.
**If you're not in the New York area, hope you'll listen in to Ed Randall's Talking Baseball on http://www.wfan.com/ Sunday between 9 and 11AM Eastern.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The clubs he owns with Major League affiliations are the Charleston River Dogs, Hudson Valley Renegades in Fishkill, New York and Ft. Myers Miracle.
His independent clubs are the St. Paul Saints, Sioux Falls Canaries, El Paso Diablos and River City Rascals in O'Fallon, Missouri.
Mike's kindness and support allows ED RANDALL'S BAT FOR THE CURE to fulfill the purpose for which it was founded.
"You my friend are approaching this project with a passion I've rarely seen. You've awakened a lot of people with your enthusiasm. Keep it up."
Eddie, a prostate cancer survivor, is one of nearly 50 members on our Legends for Life Advisory Board.