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Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa Dinner of Champions

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm MST

Three-time World Series-winning Manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa alongside Major League Baseball’s biggest stars for Dinner of Champions, returning to Steak 44 in Phoenix on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Dinner of Champions benefits the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), a national leader in animal welfare. “People Rescuing Animals… Animals Rescuing People®” isn’t simply a slogan, but ARF’s everyday work, including a special emphasis on matching veterans with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and other service-related challenges with ARF-rescued and trained service dogs.

Best known for his tenures as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals, former front office manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks and now as vice president, special assistant to the president of baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox, La Russa is excited to kick off the 2018 season off with this annual fundraiser.

“We appreciate Steak 44 and particularly Jeff and Mike Mastro’s support these past two years hosting this life-saving event at one of the best restaurant in Phoenix,” said La Russa. “They once again offer a remarkable opportunity to raise much-needed funds for ARF.”

The foundation saves dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and brings people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. A careful steward of their support with 87 cents of every dollar going directly to programs, ARF recently earned Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for ten consecutive years. Only one percent of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive this distinction.

Guests at the March 13 event will enjoy Steak 44’s five-star cuisine, including vegetarian options and complimentary bar, while visiting with La Russa, MLB celebrities, NFL players and coaches.

Past attendees of this event include Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols, Jerry Reinhart, Bruce Arians, Bob Melvin, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Luis Gonzalez, Robin Yount, Steve Keim, Mark Grace, Sal Bando, Reggie Sanders, Joe Carter, George Brett, Barry Larkin, Danny Nelson, Jason Dundee, Brock Osweiler, CJ Procise, Mike Berkovici, Justin Turner, Joc Peterson and many more!

Visit to get more information or call 602.271.4400 to make a reservation. Those interested in event sponsorship opportunities should contact John Swidzinski at 925-330-4009.

About ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation)
ARF’s core mission is the rescue of dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters, giving them a chance at life until a new home can be found. ARF couples this focus with innovative programs strengthening the human-animal bond for children, seniors, veterans, and people in disadvantaged circumstances. Through ARF, people experience the unconditional love and acceptance of dogs and cats to fulfill a mission of “People Rescuing Animals…Animals Rescuing People…”® Learn more at

About Steak 44:
Steak 44, located in Phoenix on 44th Street at Camelback, opened to stellar reviews in April of 2014 and is the latest steakhouse masterpiece by Dennis, Michael and Jeff Mastro, along with partner Scott Troilo, who also own the popular Dominick’s Steakhouse in the Scottsdale Quarter. Housed in an 8,400 square foot landmark, Steak 44 is an upscale urban oasis that boasts a vibrant bar, glass expo kitchen, intimate dining suites and many dining rooms featuring unique architectural detail, truly something for everyone to call their new favorite restaurant and hangout. Steak 44’s menu offers a twist on the classic steakhouse menu while reinforcing the idea of a new American steakhouse. Guests can enjoy several options of the best in prime steaks and chops in various portion sizes, along with an array of fresh seafood flown in daily, and a large assortment of chef inspired side dishes and appetizers.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm MST
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Steak 44
5101 N 44th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85018 United States
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