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5th Annual Bridgehampton Benefit To Serve As The Official Carlos Beltran Retirement Party

Nicole Barylski

Carlos Beltran will celebrate his retirement, while raising awareness for Operation International and the Carlos Beltran Foundation. (Courtesy Photo)

MLB all-star, Carlos Beltran, who played for the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and Texas Rangers during his 20 year career, will be celebrating his retirement from baseball during the Bridgehampton Benefit: The Official Carlos Beltran Retirement Party.

The grand soiree, which will feature live music and dancing in the spirit of "Old San Juan," will take place on Saturday, July 27 at Southampton Art Center.

In addition to Beltran, there will be a myriad of Special Celebrity Guests, including Jack Brewer (former New York Giants safety and co-host of Fox Business News), World Series champ Andres Torres (former New York Mets and San Francisco Giants center fielder), Jose Reyes (former New York Mets and Miami Marlins shortstop), and Rohan Marley (Bob Marley's son), Neil deGrasse Tyson (American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator), Victor Martinez (former MLB baseball designated hitter and catcher for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers), Helen Matsos (producer), Samantha Cole (Pop singer/songwriter), Chuck Nice (stand-up comic), and more.

The fundraiser's 5th iteration invites all to join "Operation Rise Up," as proceeds from the evening will support Operation International and the Carlos Beltran Foundation. Both of these organizations will use funding to aid struggling Puerto Rico hospitals in areas that saw the most devastation after Hurricane Maria, with the goal of helping Puerto Rico "Rise Up" from Hurricane Maria.

"Our goal has always been to guarantee that all proceeds go directly to the charities involved," Bridgehampton Equities Founder Jason E. Zimmerman, who founded the Bridgehampton Benefit, noted. "Each year we begin with a small budget, and each year- we fund the event in its entirety to ensure nothing is taken away from the amount raised. We have never regretted that decision."

Beltran founded The Carlos Beltran Foundation (Fundacion Carlos Beltran) (CBF), a non-profit organization, back in 2002 to shine a spotlight on and assist with the revitalization of Puerto Rico through disaster relief, education and sports. Its mission is "raising funds for the CBBA so that it can continue to offer exemplary academic and sports education to the youth of Puerto Rico."

"That's what it's all about, it's about not what we can do for ourselves, but what we can do for others," Beltran said about giving back.

Medhat Allam, MD, FACS, a board-certified general and bariatric surgeon at Southampton, and Ravi Kothuru, MD, and Robert Mineo, CRNA, co-founded Operation International, a secular, non-political, humanitarian non-profit organization whose "mission is to change and save as many lives as possible, by providing free medical care to people in need regardless of gender, cultural, ethnic, political, or religious affiliation, in countries around the world."

Bridgehampton Benefit: The Official Carlos Beltran Retirement Party will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. and an after party will follow. There will also be a VIP Friday Dinner Party with celebrity guests, Saturday podcast interview with Beltran and friends, and Sunday Pool Party hosted by Jack Brewer.

Southampton Art Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. For more information, visit www.bridgehamptonbenefit.com.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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