Clinton Appearance Highlights Samsung Charity Luncheon
By Joe Paone
NEW YORK CITY, June 18, 2003 — Samsung's second annual Four Seasons of Hope charity luncheon in New York City was notable for more reasons than just goodwill. In addition to celebrating the spectacular progress of the charity, which, together with retail partners, works with four famous sports legends to raise money for their specific foundations, the luncheon was front-page news in the New York Post for its delicious serving of political intrigue.
The prospect of master of ceremonies Bob Costas presiding over the honoring of three of the four legends — Magic Johnson, Joe Torre and Boomer Esiason (Arnold Palmer could not attend and sent a video greeting) — may seem like plenty of star power alone. But the big surprise was an appearance by former United States president Bill Clinton (introducing Johnson), followed by former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani (introducing Torre) — according to the Post, the first time the two bitter rivals had graced the same room since 1999. The Post reported delicate negotiations between Samsung and the representatives of the two politicians in order to get both gentlemen to appear. Meanwhile, current mayor Michael Bloomberg was a no-show, sending an underling, New York City Sports Commissioner Kenneth J. Podziba, to deliver his proclamation of June 18, 2003, as "Four Seasons Day of Hope" in the city.