2023 Franklin Event

Printing Industries Alliance (PIA) has selected Mariano Rivera, baseball great, community leader and philanthropist, as the recipient of the 2023 Franklin Award for Distinguished Service, to be presented on March 30, 2023 in New York City.
69th Annual Franklin Event 
Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 6 to 10 pm
Current, Pier 59 Chelsea Piers, NY, NY

Sponsorship Opportunities: 
Platinum (full table of 10) – $6,500
Gold (half table of 5) – $3,250
Single tickets – $475 per seat
Reserve online or download event flyer.

Printing Industries Alliance has selected Mariano Rivera, baseball great, community leader, and philanthropist, as the recipient of its 2023 Franklin Award for Distinguished Service – the highest honor given to an individual by the graphic communications industry. 

Since 1952, the Franklin Award has been presented to former U.S. presidents, authors, artists, journalists, and business leaders. Rivera will accept the award at PIA’s Franklin Event in New York City on Thursday, March 30, 2023 (reserve online or download event flyer).

Nicknamed “The Sandman,” Rivera played 19 seasons (1995-2013) for the New York Yankees, most of them as a record-setting relief pitcher. He is Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in saves (652) and games finished (952). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019, his first year of eligibility, and is the only player elected unanimously to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Since his retirement, Rivera has focused much of his time on philanthropic projects. The Mariano Rivera Foundation provides educational resources and career opportunities to children and youth from impoverished families.

In 2021, the Foundation launched the Mariano Rivera Mentorship Program, a faith-based initiative aimed at serving underprivileged youth from facilities in New Rochelle, NY, Gainesville, FL, and Houston, TX. The program includes building the Mariano Rivera Learning Center in New Rochelle, a 40,000 sq.-ft. learning space that will offer STEM education, job skills, training, mentorship, and college preparatory services.

The curriculum will include hands-on, certification-based training for high-demand graphic arts and imaging technology jobs. While construction in New Rochelle is under way, program participants in the New York – New Jersey metropolitan area will have access to a satellite training center hosted by Premium Color Group, a commercial printer in Carlstadt, NJ.

In announcing Rivera as the recipient of the 2023 Franklin Award, PIA President Tim Freeman emphasized the value to the industry of the work that he and his foundation are doing.

“The Mariano Rivera Foundation is providing an answer to one of our industry’s most consuming questions – where is our future workforce going to come from?” Freeman said. “To that end, we are proud to work with the industry organizations supporting the Foundation’s efforts and are pleased to designate the net proceeds from our upcoming Franklin Event to support the highly anticipated Mariano Rivera Learning Center in New Rochelle.”

Sponsored by PIA and the Print Drives America Foundation, the 2023 Franklin Event will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Current, Pier 59, Chelsea Piers, New York, NY. The gala includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a sit-down dinner, the awards ceremony, and dessert and coffee stations.

Platinum Sponsorships for tables of 10 are available for $6,500; Gold Sponsorships for half-tables of five are $3,250 and individual tickets are $475. To become a sponsor or to register to attend, register online or download event flyer or contact Kim Tuzzo, Printing Industries Alliance, ktuzzo@PIAlliance.org or (800) 777-4742.

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